With some unrivaled free time to look back at the prep hoops season gone by, Bounce decided that he wasn’t done with the girls side of things just yet.
Yet, before Bounce goes into self isolation, how about some season-ending awards for the female teams of the area? All this week, Bounce will be giving out some awards for each conference in Northeast Indiana, let you get some voting in, and what about one more prediction?
Today we head to the Allen County Athletic Conference.
*You can vote in any of these fan polls for the next 10 days, through March 27
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Addison Bayman, Woodlan
Bayman’s 12.6 point per game, 6.6 rebound per game numbers don’t do any justice to what Bayman meant to her program this season. Woodlan went, for the most part, as she did. And that meant perfectly in the ACAC. No team in the conference could crack the Woodlan shell and Bayman was the pace setter and leader of that drive. She played passionately and effectively all year long to make Woodlan the standard in the conference.
HONORABLE MENTION: Carly Holley of Adams Central, McKenna Dietsch of Adams Central, Renna Schwieterman of Jay County, Bree Dossen of Heritage
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Bree Dossen, Heritage
Heritage sat in the middle of the pack, but with a fairly young team, it was great for them to have Dossen to lean on. She had one of the top scoring averages of the area regardless of conference or class and was efficient in big moments. She had some of the best single games of the season in the ACAC. As we look at our MVP title for what it is: who provided the most single value to their team, it is fair to say that Heritage would have struggled mightily without her contributions and leadership.
HONORABLE MENTION: Renna Schwieterman of Jay County, Lydia Loshe of South Adams, Emme Boots of Bluffton, Addison Bayman of Woodlan
Who was the most valuable to their team in 2019-20?
BREAKOUT PLAYER: Renna Schwieterman, Jay County
It is easy for an underclassman to nab this, but Schwieterman was certainly one of the top freshmen in all of the area as she captured All-ACAC First Team honors. She put up a team best 15.9 points and team second best 7.4 rebounds per game. And Jay County, who was expected to fall off, was right there in the ACAC title mix because of her.
HONORABLE MENTION: Peyton Pries of South Adams, Madison Dirksen of Jay County, Avah Smith of Woodlan
Who is your pick for breakout player from the ACAC?
MOST UNDERRATED: Zoe Barger, Bluffton
The girls I considered for this spot are underrated for a variety of reasons. Top player shines brightly? From a smaller school less looked at in the overall area? But neither of those applied to Barger, who was a huge asset for a Bluffton team that struggled to hit their goals. At her best, Barger was impossible to stop inside whether she was rebounding, scoring or blocking shots. Bluffton has ‘stars’ of their own too sure, but Barger certainly deserved more attention for her game altering ways at the basket.
HONORABLE MENTION: Abby Sheehan of Heritage, Georgia Hanauer of Southern Wells, Dakotah Krohn of Woodlan
Who is your pick for the most underrated player from the ACAC?
COACH OF THE YEAR: Gary Cobb, Woodlan
When you don’t lose a conference game, you have to get the nod. Cobb played chess well with his group, leaning on established players like Bayman, Krohn, Taya Kitzmiller and Gabby Joyce while not being afraid to let some less experienced players go. Cobb played to a perfect blend of in the mix coaching and just letting his team play their way.
HONORABLE MENTION: Doug Curtis of Adams Central, Kirk Comer of Jay County
Who is your picks for ACAC Coach of the Year?
GAME OF THE YEAR: Woodlan versus Adams Central, ACAC Tournament Final
Woodlan was almost all out of luck on January 18. Adams Central had finally cracked the code, going up 14 points on Woodlan at the end of the third quarter. It was a fun game where Woodlan played fairly well, but the Flying Jets just played outstanding; arguably their best of the season. Then came the comeback, arguably the comeback of the year, and Woodlan won 57-52 to capture the ACAC title at South Adams. This one was wild and I’m sure kept both teams’ heads spinning for a while afterwards.
HONORABLE MENTION: 11/29 Woodlan over Jay County 55-51; 1/10 Heritage over Adams Central 54-50 in OT; 2/8 Adams Central over Bluffton 32-20 in Sectional final; 2/7 Bluffton over South Adams 43-38 in OT
What is your pick for ACAC game of the year in 2019-20?
BOUNCE’S PICK TO BE 2021 ACAC CHAMPS: Jay County
Woodlan has a good portion of talent back, but who can count out Jay County at this juncture? The Patriots lost some big talent heading into 2019-202 and were not supposed to be that good. But joke was on anyone who actually thought that. They return seven players from their nine player rotation and Schwieterman is looking to make herself the best sophomore in the area. Madison Dirksen and Izzy Rodgers provide excellent top heavy depth for the Patriots. They really could go unbeaten in the ACAC next season.
Who is your pick to win the ACAC in 2021?
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