We officially wrap up the 2020-2021 girls basketball season with the naming of 3rd annual Outside the Huddle All-Area team.
For our selections, we narrowed down candidates to the top 15 players as we see them in the area. No second teams, no honorable mentions, just one group of who the editors of OTH felt to be the best of the bes this year.
In order alphabetically and by grade, here are this year’s honorees:
EMME BOOTS, BLUFFTON
Boots spent her senior season leading the Tigers to their third sectional title in the past four seasons. She was a starter and one of the primary players on each of those title teams. During her senior season, Boots averaged 15.2 points, 6.7. rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.8 assists per game. It earned her All-ACAC First Team honors as well as IBCA Senior All-State Honorable Mention. She passed 1,000 career points early in the season and finished with 1,306 points.
Boots is one of two All-Area players from the ACAC and the first ever All-Area player from Bluffton in Outside the Huddle’s history. She was ranked in the Outside the Huddle preseason top 50 each of the past two seasons (No. 19 in 2019, No. 32 in 2020).
Boots will continue her basketball career at Goshen College.
KAYLEE FUELLING, NORWELL
A four-year starter for Norwell, Fuelling finished her career by helping lead the Knights to Northeast 8, sectional and regional titles as a senior. Fuelling averaged 14.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists during the 2020-2021 season. She was named All-NE8 First Team and IBCA Senior All-State Honorable Mention. She was one of two Knights to surpass 1,000 career points during her senior season.
Fuelling was ranked in the Outside the Huddle preseason Top 50in each of the past two seasons (No. 6 in both 2019 and 2020). This is Fuelling’s second-straight Outside the Huddle All-Area selection. She will continue her basketball career at the University of Saint Francis.
BAILEY HARTSOUGH, LAKELAND
Hartsough will end her high school career as one of the most-decorated athletes in the history of Lakeland High School. She averaged 17.7 points, 9 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game during her senior season, leading the Lakers to a sectional title. Hartsough holds nearly every Lakeland girls’ basketball record, including career points (1664), rebounds (761), blocks (138) and steals (328) and, as a senior, set single-season records for points (512) and rebounds (260). For a brief time in 2021, she was also the leading basketball scorer in school history, regardless of gender.
Hartsough’s senior season saw her named All-NECC First Team, IBCA Senior All-State Honorable Mention and Academic All-State by both the IBCA and ICGSA. She is the first Lakeland player to ever be named All-Area by Outside the Huddle. Hartsough was ranked in the OTH Preseason Top 50 each of the past two seasons (No. 16 in 2019, No. 10 in 2020). Hartsough will play college volleyball at Western Carolina University.
CHLOE JOLLOFF, LAKEWOOD PARK
Jolloff was part of a championship program immediately at Lakewood Park and although the Panthers didn’t win another title during her time, she was a leader for the program each of her four years. As a senior, Jolloff was a FAN VOTE favorite at Outside the Huddle and rightfully so. She averaged 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 4.1 steals as a senior, having her hand in almost every play for the Panthers. Jolloff was named IBCA Senior All-State Honorable Mention.
Lakewood Park has never had an All-Area girls basketball player before Jolloff. She was ranked in the Outside the Huddle preseason Top 50 each of the past two seasons (No. 18 in 2019 and No. 16 in 2020). Jolloff finished in the top 10 in DeKalb County girls basketball scoring history as one of three Lakewood Park players (boys and girls) to ever score more than 1,200 points in their career. Jolloff will continue her basketball career at Huntington University.
HANNA KNOLL, ANGOLA
Knoll will hold the mantle of being arguably the best girls basketball player to ever go through Angola High School. As a senior, she led the Hornets to a NECC Tournament title as well as a sectional championship. Along the way, Knoll averaged 19 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game. Knoll was named All-NECC First Team, to the IBCA Senior All-State Supreme 15, ICGSA First Team All-State and ICGSA and IBCA Academic All-State. She was invited to the state’s Top 60 workout at season’s end.
Knoll was part of the Outside the Huddle preseason Top 50 each of the past two seasons, both years being ranked No. 2 overall and twice a member of the ‘First Five,’ the highest preseason honor awarded by Outside the Huddle. She finished her career with 1,526 points and became Steuben County’s all-time leading girls basketball scorer while also being the top all-time girls basketball scorer in Angola history and second in Angola High School history regardless of gender. This is Knoll’s third straight Outside the Huddle All-Area selection. Knoll will continue her basketball career at Division 1 Central Michigan.
EMILY PARRETT, CARROLL
As a senior, Parrett led the Chargers to one of their best seasons in program history. Carroll went undefeated in conference play to win its first Summit Athletic Conference title and the Chargers added another sectional title. with Parrett securing four sectional crowns during her time with the Chargers. Carroll would also win a regional title for the first time since 1998. Along the way, Parrett averaged 12.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals. Her season would also be highlighted by a buzzer beater at the end of the first overtime to force a second extra session and eventually topple Homestead.
Parrett was named All-SAC First Team, IBCA Senior All-State Honorable Mention and ICGSA All-State Third Team. Parrett was ranked in the Outside the Huddle preseason Top 50 each of the last two seasons (No. 12 in 2019 and No. 8 in 2020). Parrett was invited to the state’s Top 60 workout at season’s end. This is Parrett’s second straight Outside the Huddle All-Area selection. Parrett will continue her basketball career at the University of Saint Francis.
MAIAH SHELTON, NORWELL
Shelton was one of two Norwell seniors to surpass 1,000 career points this season. In doing so, she led the Knights to Northeast 8, sectional and regional titles, helping cement her team’s legacy with the all-time Norwell teams. During her fourth season as a varsity starter, Shelton averaged 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. This marks the third straight season that Shelton has been named All-Area,
Shelton was named All-NE8 First Team and to the IBCA Senior All-State Large School team. She was ranked in the Outside the Huddle preseason Top 50 each of the last two seasons, coming in at No. 9 in 2019 before moving up to No. 5 for her senior season, as part of the ‘First Five,’ the largest preseason honor named by Outside the Huddle. Shelton was invited to the state’s Top 60 senior workout after the season. Shelton will continue her basketball career at Bethel University.
HAILEE KLINE, BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN
Kline has emerged in the last two seasons as one of the biggest scoring threats in the area and she continued that pace during her junior season. Kline averaged 17.5 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals per contest while leading the Braves to a second straight sectional title. Kline surpassed the 1,000 career point mark in December and is second in scoring in program history.
Kline was ranked in the Outside the Huddle preseason Top 50 this past season at No. 23 after her breakout previous season. She was named IBCA Underclass Small School All-State as one of just four area underclassmen who were named All-State above the honorable mention level.
MORGAN OSTROWSKI, GARRETT
Ostrowski helped Garrett to a sensational run through the NECC regular season by leading the conference in both rebounding and blocks as the Railroaders captured a conference title. Along the way, Ostrowski averaged 10.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1.7 steals per game. Her 2020-21 campaign saw her record seven double doubles and set the program record for blocks in a game.
Ostrowski was named All-NECC for the second season in a row. She was also named IBCA Underclass All-State Honorable Mention. She was ranked in the OTH preseason Top 50 countdown before the beginning of this season in the No. 12 spot.
AYANNA PATTERSON, HOMESTEAD
There is no need for an introduction for Patterson to even the casual area fan. One of the nation’s top players in the Class of 2022, Patterson led our area in scoring at 21.8 points per game while also averaging 11 rebounds along the way. Patterson led the Spartans to a sectional title and spot in the regional title game. She was named to the ICGSA All-State First Team and was again part of the IBCA All-State Underclass Supreme 15. Patterson was also named an Indiana Junior All-Star while surpassing 1,000 points for her career.
In each of the past two seasons, Patterson has been ranked in the OTH preseason Top 50 at the No. 1 spot. That top ranking has led her to be part of the ‘First Five,’ OTH’shighest preseason honor, each of those two seasons. She is now a three-time All-Area player. Patterson recently committed to play college basketball for UConn.
OLIVIA SMITH, SOUTH SIDE
Continuing to be one of the top scoring players in the area, Smith had another terrific season as a junior and when she wasn’t in the South Side lineup, it was a glaring omission. Smith averaged an area second-best 20.1 points per game along with 4.4 assists, 4.6 steals and 2.6 steals per contest for the Archers. Area FAN VOTERS took notice with Smith dominating the OTH FAN CHOICE options often, including being the fan’s choice as Player of the Year.
Smith was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star team, was All-SAC First Team, was named IBCA Underclass All-State Large School and ICGSA All-State Second Team. In each of the past two seasons, Smith has been ranked in the OTH preseason Top 50 (No. 5 in 2019, No. 3 in 2020), both times landing in the ‘First Five,’ the highest OTH preseason honor. She has been All-Area each of the past two seasons. Although she still has a season to play in high school, she has committed to continue her career at Eastern Michigan.
TAYLOR FORDYCE, CARROLL
Part of the Carroll force that took over the SAC, Fordyce was one the steadiest players in the conference, let alone on her team. She averaged 10.5 points, four rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest while helping Carroll to SAC, sectional and regional titles. Fordyce shined in staving off top SAC foe Snider, scoring 21 points in two of the Chargers’ three wins over the Panthers.
Fordyce shot at a 51 percent success rate inside the three-point arc during the season. Fordyce was named All-SAC First Team and was named All-State Underclass Honorable Mention by the IBCA.
SANIYA JACKSON, CARROLL
Jackson is the third player from Carroll named to this season’s All-Area team. She, like her teammates, showcased a lot of consistency in her play. It helped the Chargers to SAC, sectional and regional titles. Along the way, Jackson averaged 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals, really impacting the game in a lot of ways.
During the season, Jackson led the Chargers in rebounding, assists and steals. In her top game against Snider, Jackson scored 26 points, had 11 rebounds and eight assists as she neared a triple double. Jackson was named All-SAC First Team and IBCA All-State Underclass Honorable Mention. She was ranked in the 2020 OTH preseason Top 50 in the 44th spot.
BAILEY KELHAM, GARRETT
Garrett’s star sophomore continued to break out in her second high school campaign, leading the Railroaders to a NECC regular season title. Kelham averaged 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game and finished the season ranked third in the NECC in scoring and 10th in rebounding while scoring in double figures in 22 of the team’s 23 games. Kelham is already 11th in program history in scoring with 786 points in just two seasons.
Kelham was named All-NECC and IBCA Underclass All-State Honorable Mention. In the preseason, Kelham was part of OTH’s annual Top 50, ranked in the No. 4 spot as a member of the ‘First Five,’ the highest OTH preseason honor. Kelham, who scored a season-high 31 points against Prairie Heights, earns her second All-Area honor.
RENNA SCHWIETERMAN, JAY COUNTY
During her sophomore season, Schwieterman secured her spot as the top player in the ACAC. Leading Jay County to both ACAC regular season and ACAC tournament titles, Schwieterman put herself and the Patriots on the map locally. She averaged 18.2 points, 6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
Scoring in double figures in 20 of 23 games this season, she peaked with 43 points against Southern Wells on 19-of-31 shooting (61 percent). Schwieterman was named All-ACAC First Team, IBCA Underclass All-State Large School and ICGSA All-State Second Team. During the 2020 preseason, Schwieterman was ranked in the Top 50 in the No. 14 position.