The Lady Chiefs battled the Arlington Cardinals in Region 3B play on Mon., Feb. 22, in Arlington. Despite making 14 of 18 free throws and shooting 77 percent from the line, Iroquois ended their season with a loss to the Cardinals. Katie Dubro scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; Kaitlyn Maas scored nine points and had seven rebounds, while Jorja Huls added eight points and six rebounds for the Lady Chiefs. Hadley Carlson scored 26 points, and Jolyssa Steffensen added 14 for the Cardinals.
Coach Jeff Nolte was glad to see each of his seniors score in their final game and finish on a positive note.
“They have been a great asset to the program the last few years, and we are going to miss the hard work and knowledge they have brought to the gym,” said Nolte.
Nolte reflected on the legacy of his senior players.
“Jorja Huls, at 5'2", never let her size stop her. She often asked me to let her post up, even though she would be giving up six to eight inches.”
Huls averaged six points a game with most coming in the paint. She also averaged three rebounds per game.
Kaitlyn Maas overcame so much this season and never slowed down.
“She came ready to work every day and showed great improvement over the season,” said Coach Nolte. “Her shooting really improved this year and made her a real scoring threat.”
Maas averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, both significant increases from a year ago.
Hayley Geyer played hard when she stepped on the court, and Nolte says he could not have asked for a better kid.
Caycee Schneider, a Doland senior, joined the Lady Chiefs last season as a junior when Doland joined a sports co-op with Iroquois. Nolte said she knew her role and brought a smile and knowledge to the gym every day.
Nolte praised Geyer and Schneider as two great students in the classroom as well, recognizing their individual academic achievements.