Girls’ basketball: Habben named second team, All-HOIC
By BRANDON HURLEY
Steady progress deserves its rightful recognition.
Greene County’s highest win total in three years produced its fair share of standouts, none better than Brianna Habben. The junior forward secured second team, all-Heart of Iowa Conference honors last week after nearly posting a double-double average each time she stepped on the floor.
Habben was an instrumental piece in the Rams recent resurgence, leading the Rams to a 6-13 overall record. The six victories during the 2020-21 season were the most for a Greene County squad in three years. The Rams have only tallied six or more victories twice in the last six seasons of competition. In fact, Greene County only secured four victories combined in the two years leading up to this winter’s slate.
Habben was one of the Rams’ most consistent athletes all winter long, placing top five in three different statistical categories.
Habben averaged 10.8 points per game (sixth in the HOIC) while she also pulled in 9.2 rebounds per game (second) to go with 1.8 blocks (second) and 1.3 assists per game. Habben’s 44.3 percent shooting percentage ranked her seventh in the league as well.
Habben scored a career-high 28 points while hauling in 13 rebounds to go with a trio of blocks and three steals in Greene County’s season-opening win over Ogden Dec. 5. The junior also secured five offensive rebounds in the 23-point victory. Habben produced a season-best 14 rebounds in a narrow, 39-32 win over Woodward-Granger Jan. 18, aided by 15 points, a season-high seven blocks (tied for the best single-game defensive performance in the HOIC), three assists and two steals.
Greene County teammates Bri Osterson and Sadie Wilson earned HOIC honorable mention distinction in addition to Habben’s second team honor. Wilson was second on the team in scoring at 5.1 points per game to go with 2.9 rebounds per. She led the Rams with 27 made three-pointers (sixth-most in the conference).
Osterson averaged 4.4 points per game while also securing a team-best 2.4 steals per contest (fourth in the HOIC) to go with 5.4 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per.
West Marshall sophomore Katy Reyerson led the conference in five different statistical categories. She was tops in scoring (20.1 ppg), rebounding (10.4 rpg), steals (5.1 spg), assists (4.7 apg) and blocks (2 bpg). Trojan teammate Delaney Nichols led the league in shooting percentage (56.7 percent) while Roland-Story’s Reagen Barkema drilled a league-leading 50 three-pointers.
The Rams began the year 2-2, tallying their best start in a number of years. Greene County finished 3-7 in league play, alone in fifth-place. Roland-Story captured the league crown with a perfect 11-0 record.
Greene County seniors Eliza Carlson, Makala Kafer and Sadie Wilson were each honored with Iowa Girls Coaches Association academic all-state honors as well. The trio combined to average 11.1 points per game to go with 2.2 steals per game.