March 8, 2021

Stevens County Times

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Owls’ Thielke Coach of the Year, four earn all-conference


Tony Thielke, Tori Pahl, Carlee and Rylee Hanson and Lexi Staples were all recognized by the Pheasant Conference at the conclusion of the girls basketball season. Stevens County Times graphic

Hancock Owls coach Tony Thielke was named the Coach of the Year by the Pheasant Conference after the Owls improved their win total by 10 games this past season. The Owls went 12-12 in 2018-2019 season and boasted a 22-7 record in 2019-20, which included going 10-2 and finished second in the Pheasant Conference. West Central Area won the conference with an 11-1 conference record.

Hancock led all-conference honorees with four, including Carlee Hanson, Rylee Hanson, Tori Pahl and Lexi Staples. Together they assemble the top four scorers from this past season.

Carlee Hanson was the top scorer this season, averaging 14.3 points per game. She was also a menace on defense with three steals and 3.1 pass deflections per game.

Rylee Hanson was the second-highest scorer this season for the Owls. She averaged 12.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and 1.6 steals per game

Pahl averaged 7.3 points per game but led the Owls in field goal percentage, finishing her sophomore year shooting at a 53.5 percent clip. She also led in rebounds, grabbing 6.7 per game.

Staples was the third-highest scorer on the team with an 8.6 points per game average. She also dished out a team-high 2.5 assists per game and collected two steals per game, which was second-best on the team.

Along with the all-conference nod, Carlee Hanson was also named to West Central Tribune’s All Area Third Team announced Friday, March 27.

“Carlee has been a great asset to the team. She is a 4.0 student. She is a hard worker both on offense and defense. She hustles and contributes to the team both offensively and defensively. She was our leading scorer in numerous games and when she wasn’t (the) leading scorer, she contributed on the defensive end with steals and rebounds,” Owl head coach Tony Thielke told the West Central Tribune for the March 27 article.

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