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 Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 03, 2015, Page 9

Raiderettes look to improve upon last years' 14-8 season

The Raiderettes are set to begin their season with seven returning letterwinners and head coach Thad Streit who is embarking on his ninth season. Last year, the Raiderettes finished 140-8 and placed 6th in the conference. That team graduated Ashton Johnson and Allie Shields.

Mount Ayr's Raiderette Basketball team for 2015-16 include:
Front Row: Lanie Sheil, Caylie Hickman, Kirsten Dolecheck* (sr.), Blair Glendenning* (jr.), Macy Larsen* (jr.).
Second Row: Hayley Whittington, MacKenzie Shields, Kiersten Klommhaus, Samantha Schaefer, Paige Lynch, Danielle Krauth, Megan Warin* (jr.).
Third Row: Assistant Coach Tiffany Bolles, Abbey Schafer, Jessica McCreary, Kelcie Shields* (jr.), Coach Thad Streit, Sara Winemiller* (soph.), Tessa Shields* (jr.), Chania Vos, Volunteer Coach Jim Goins.

* Letterwinner

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 04, 2016, Page 12

Raiderette coaches (L-R) Thad Streit, Tiffany Bolles and Jim Goins plot strategy.

Photographs courtesy of Mount Ayr Record-News
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2015; May of 2016

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 25, 2016, Pages 1 & 10

Raiderettes to State!!

Thrilling OT victory caps unlikely tournament run

The 2016 Mount Ayr Raiderette basketball team displays the state tournament qualifyer pennant following Mnday;s overtime win in the regional final over Grand View Christian.

Team members include (front row, L-R) Tegan Streit, Macy Larson, Kaylie Hickman, Abbey Schafer, Paige Lynch and Kiersten Klommhaus, (back row) assistant coach Jim Goins, Dani Krauth, Blair Glendenning, Tessa Shields, Megan Warin, head coach Thad Streit, Kelcie Shields, Kirsten Dolecheck, MacKenzie Shields, Sara Winemiller, Hayley Whittington, BrieAnn Byrd and assistant coach Tiffany Bolles.

The Mount Ayr Raiderettes completed an improbable run to the Iowa High School Girl's State Basketball Tournament with a thrilling 56-51 overtime win against Grand View Christian Monday evening in Johnston.

Grand View Christian came into the contest with an undefeated record while the Raiderettes had lost seven times on the season.

"Our goal coming into this game was to defend the three-point line,' said coach Thad Streit. "Not to let the penetrate and get easy shots, and most importantly was to take care of the ball versus their pressure. I thought we played pretty darn good defense, then didn't get much on penetration, but they earned every shot they got.

"We took care of the ball, that gave us opportunities on offense. I thought we were extremely calm and were just fantastic in taking care of the ball. With the game on the line we did not lose our heads at all. I am so pleased with our effort tonight. What a game!"

In the win over the Thunder the Raiderettes had a 48 percent field goal efficiency, hitting 22-of-45 and making four-of-nine three pointers. The girls snatched up 32 rebounds, 23 of the were defensive and had 19 assists.

The teams were evenly matched, despite the difference in records. At the end of each quarter the game was tied, going into halftime with a score of 19-19.

By the end of the fourth quarter the teams were sitting at 44-44. Heading into overtime, the Raiderettes were able to push pass (sic) the Thunder, outscoring them 12-7 for the 56-51 win and handing Grand View Christian their first loss of the season and launching them to the state tournament.

A large contingent of Raiderette fans made the trip to Johnston.

[Page 10] The team was all hugs and smiles at the final buzzer, as they huddled around their 2016 State Qualifier Banner.

Leading the team in points was Kelcie Shields. Sheilds scored 21 and made 10-of-11 fieldgoals and made one-of-two freethrows. She also led the team with 10 rebounds and had two blocks.

Tess Shields put up 11 points along with eight assists, a team high.

Megan Warin put up 12 points on the board hitting four-of-11 in the paint and one three pointer. Warin hit three-of-four freethrows with four rebounds and one assist.

The Raiderettes move on to the state tournament which will be played Monday, February 29 at 10 a.m. at Well's Fargo Arena in Des Moines, where they will take on the undefeated and number one ranked Turkey Valley Trojans. The Raiderettes are hoping they can prove once again that season records don't always matter and anything can happen come tournament time.

State tourney tickets on sale

[Page 1] The Mount Ayr Raiderettes will play Class 1A top-ranked Turkey Valley (24-0) at 10 a.m. Monday, February 29 at Wells-Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 29.

State tournament tickets will be available in the superintendent's office. Tickets are $10.

A pep bus will be offered. Student cost is $15 and adults will be $20. This included the price of the game ticket. Sign up and pay Diana Arends in the high school office. Elementary students must be accompanied by an adult. A minimum of 30 people are required for the pep bus.

50 years ago this month,
another Raiderette team headed to state

[Page 1] The 2016 Mount Ayr Raiderettes qualifying for the state basketball tournament is quite a milestone.

But how many remeber 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Raiderette appearance in the State Tournament?

Here is the report that appeared in the Thursday, March 3, 1966 Record-News, written by Dale Herrington;

THEY DID IT! Those beautiful Mount Ayr Raiderettes earned for themselves a trip to the state tournament March 8-12 in Des Moines, by defeating their conference rival, East Union, 69 to 56, in the finals of the district tournament Friday night in Chariton. They did it with determination, balanced scoring, excellent defense and an abundance of team spririt, along with the confidence that Coach Jerry Horton had in them.

First Quarter Barrage

A first quarter scoring spree by the winners actually told the story for the state tournament bound Raiderettes as they poured in 20 points to lead, 20 to 10, after the first quarter. The Eaglettes came back late in the second quarter to erase one-half of the margin, while the Mount Ayr six* held on to a 34 to 29 halftime lead.

* Transcriber's Note: Girls' high school basketball in 1966 was still played as a six-on-six game.

Final Quarter a Whiz!

Mount Ayr led after three quarters, 49 to 43, and then let loose with another scoring barrage that just about wrapped [Page 10] it up for the Raideretts midway in the final stanza. Mount Ayr tallied 20 points in the final periods to 12 for the East Union sextet. It was a whiz from the Mount Ayr crowd's standpoint, as Alice Minnic, junior forward, poured in 10 points during this final quarter.

Some outstanding floor play by Patti Stull and Julia Haley was exhibited during this period and the defensive unit of Leola Minnick, Linda Henry, Gay Nichols, and Lynn Crawford, who replaced Linda Henry after she fouled out late in the third quarter, highlighted the Raiderettes' 21st victory against one lone defeat.

Balanced Scoring

Balanced scoring and an outstanding display of team spirit and defense meant just one thing to the Raiderettes, the "key" to a spot with 15 other high school teams in the state tournament.

Leola Minnick, Gay Nichols, Linda Henry and Lynn Crawford, who composed the back court for the Raiderettes during their 22-game campaign this season, shared much of the championship work.

In the front court, Alice Minnick, who scored 27 points against East Union; Julia Henry, senior forward, who tallied 30 points, and Patti Stull, junior, who earned 10 important points and played an outstanding floor game, have been the main offensive players this season. A good bench, along with the seven starters, was a deciding factor in the Raiderettes' outstanding record this season.

Tournament Roster

Coach Horton announced early this week that his state tournament squad will be the same as in the past two tournaments - Julia Henry, Dianne Richards, Alice Minnick, Jo Ellen Hainline, Patti Stull, Sharon Long, Carla Riggs, Leola Minnick, Lynn Crawford, Lindy Henry, Jeanne Jackson, Diane Dailey, Gay Nichols, Debbie Richards and Edith Minnick. Sue Henry, team captain, and Florine Still, student manager, will accompany the girls to Des Moines.

Pairings for the state tournament were announced last night following the final district tournament games, but too late for this week's issue of the Record-News. [They faced Delwood (Elwood) in the first game.]

Will practice Monday

The girls are scheduled to practice in the Veterans Auditorium on Monday. First round games will be played Tuesday and Wednesday; quarter-finals on Thursday; semifinals Friday night; and the consolation and championship round on Saturday night.

State Tournament Tickets Available

Tickets for the state girls' basketball tournament, which will open March 8, in Des Moines, will be sold tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from the ticket booth, located at the west entrance of the schoolhouse in Mount Ayr.

The price of the tickets are $1.00 for students and $2 for adults.

Mount Ayr Record-News
March, 03, 2016

CORRECTION

In the article last week about the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Mount Ayr girls basketball team's appearance in the State Tournament, team member Julie Haley was twice misidentified as Julie Henry. The Record-News regrets the error.

Spring play postponed

Due to the Raiderettes qualifying for the state basketball tournament, the Mount Ayr Community High School spring play, "Headin' for the Hills," has been postponed to Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11.

Photographs courtesy of Mount Ayr Record-News
Transcriptions by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2016

Des Moines Register
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Thursday, February 22, 2016

Mount Ayr ends Grand View Christian's undefeated run

Grand View Christian’s greatest girls’ basketball season ended with its only loss and heartbreak.

Mount Ayr had hugs of gratitude and its share of tears, too.

Grand View Christian ended the season 22-1, falling to Mount Ayr 56-51 in overtime of a Class 1A regional final Monday at Johnston. Mount Ayr moved on to next week’s state tournament.

Kelcie Shields scored a game-high 21 points and had her state tournament memories stirred with the win.

Mount Ayr was the 1A state runner-up in 2010 and qualified again in 2011.

“I was in the sixth grade,” Shields said. “I was just dreaming that one day I would be there playing.”

Her dream will become reality.

Grand View fell one win short of reaching state for the first time in girls’ basketball.

“Ownership, chemistry, teamwork — those right there are the components of our success,” Grand View Christian coach Jason Blunk said.

The game was tied after every quarter of regulation, including at 44-44 leading into overtime.

Grand View Christian made rally after rally, including a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers by Shaylah McCool and Katie Hall in the final minute of the third quarter that tied it at 32-all. Grand View had 10 3-pointers in the game. Hall had four and finished with 12 points. Megan Stubbs led her team with 16 points and McCool had 15.

Megan Warin had 12 for Mount Ayr and Tess Shields added 11. The team improved to 18-7.

Grand View had two seniors this season, McCool and Hall. The rest of the team returns after a breakthrough year. “They’ve overcome a lot to be where they’re at now,” Blunk said of his players.

Mount Ayr players huddled on the court after the win. Coach Thad Streit told the players to greet their parents and tell them that they loved them, because that’s important. On cue, the players rushed the stands for hugs and plenty more tears.

Mount Ayr (56) — K.Shields 21, T.Shields 11, Warin 12, Glendening 2, Larsen 3, Winemiller 4, Hickman 3. Also played—Dolecheck. Totals 22 8-15.

Grand View Christian (51) — Stubbs 16, Hall 12, McCool 15, Hurley 8. Also played — Tarbell, Seyler. Totals 20 1-3.

Mount Ayr … 11 8 13 12 12—56
Grand View … 11 8 13 12 7—51

3-point goals — Mount Ayr 3 (T.Shields 2, Warin), Grand View 10 (Stubbs 2, Hall 4, McCool 2, Hurley 2).
Fouls—M 10, G 16. Fouled out — Tarbell.

  

  

  

Mount Ayr Raiderettes and Coach Thad Streit

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, March 03, 2016, Pages 1 & 11

Gallant effort

Raiderettes push top ranked team to the end
Raiderette upset bid just short, 55-51

What a game!

Mount Ayr's appearance in the 2016 Iowa Class 1A Girls State Basketball Tournament may show up as a loss in the record book, but anyone who attended the game can tell you the Raiderettes gave top-ranked and undefeated Turkey Valley more that they bargained for in the first-round game.

Trailing by one point, 52-51, with only 22 seconds to go in the game, the Raiderettes were held scoreless from then on and eventually fell, 55-51, to end their 2015-2016 season.

First quarter

Thew Raiderettes controlled the opening tip, but Turkey Valley opened the scoring by hitting one of two free throws in the opening minute and a 3-pointer at the 6:25 mark to jump to a 4-0 lead.

Turkey Valley used full court pressure throughout the game to rattle the Raiderettes.

"Their pressure on the back court was pretty good," said Megan Warin, who scored 17 points. "They were number one, and we were a little nervous at first."

Mount Ayr coach Thad Streit immediately called a time-out, and barely a minute later Megan Warin broke the ice with a 3-pointer to pull the Raiderettes within one, 4-3. Ironically, that would be the only 3-pointer the Raiderettes would sink as they went 0-for-4 from beyond the arc for the duration of the contest.

The Trojans scored a field goal at 5:05 to extend their lead to 6-3, but Mount Ayr's Kelcie Shields scored the first two of her game-high 25 points at 4:38.

[Page 11]

"Kelcie is the backbone of our offense and defense," said head coach Thad Streit.

Turkey Valley answered with two of their own at the 4:18 mark to stretch the lead back to three, 8-5.

Following another Mount Ayr time-out, Kelcie Shields scored again and was fouled on the play. She hit the free throw to pull Mount Ayr even 8-8, with 3:33 left in the opening stanza.

Turkey Valley scored at 3:15 to retake the lead, but two consecutive two-pointers from Megan Warin gave the Raiderettes their only lead of the contest, 12-10, at the 2:24 mark.

The Trojans tied the game, 12-12, with two minutes to play in the quarter, but Kelcie Shields scored again at 1:13 to put the Raiderettes on top, 14-12. Unfortunately, this would prove to be Mount Ayr's final lead of the game.

A two-pointer with 54 seconds and a three-pointer at :22 allowed Turkey Valley to carry an 18-14 lead into the second period.

Second quarter

Turkey Valley extended their lead to 20-14 as they opened the second-quarter scoring at the 7:19 mark.

Megan Warin answered by scoring two, but the Trojans answered with a 3-pointer to extend their lead to seven points, 23-16, with just two minues gone in the period.

Coach Streit called at time-out at 6:27, but the Trojans scored two off a Mount Ayr turnover to stretch their lead to nine points, 25-16, at the 6:10 mark.

On the next Mount Ayr possession,Tess Shields scored and was fouled. She hit the free throw to pull her Raiderettes to within eight points, 25-17.

Kelcie Shields cut into the Trojan lead by hitting another two points at 4:37, but Turkey Valley answered 30 seconds later to push their lead back to eight points, 27-19.

Megan Warin and Kelcie Shields scored back-to-back field goals to pull the Raiderettes to within four points, 27-23, with 2:34 left in the half.

Turkey Valley scored on their next possession but missed a free throw to push their lead back to six points.

WIth 92 seconds to go before half-time, Tess Shields was fouled and hit both her free throws as the Raiderettes trailed again by four, 29-25.

However, Turkey Valley ended the second quareter as they did the first quarter by scoring four unanswered points to carry a 33-25 lead into the half-time locker room.

Third quarter

Turkey Valley opened the second half scoring at 5:56 to push their lead to 10 points, 35-25, their largest of the game.

Kelcie Shields hit a pair of free thrown and a field goal near the five-minute mark to cut the Troan lead to 35-29.

A pair of Turkey Valley field goals extended their lead back to 10 points, 39-29, with just under three minutes to play in the period. Kelcie Shields hit another field goal and was fouled on the play, but she was unable to convert her free throw as the Raiderettes again came within eight points, 39-31.

Turkey Valley hit one of two free throws at 2:28, but Sara Winemiller scored a field goal with just under a minute to play to cut the Trojan lead to seven points, 40-33.

Winemiller had another shot blocked as the buzzer sounded to end the quarter, with Turkey Valley maintaining their seven-point advantage.

Fourth Quarter

Kirsten Dolecheck, the team's lone senior, came off the bench to open the Raiderette scoring in the fourth quarter.

"Kirsten is a great kid," said Coach Streit. "She's got a great personality, a great teammate and we are going to miss her personality."

Turkey Valley answered with a field goal at 6:32, but Kelcie Shields came right back to score two to cut the Trojan lead to five points, 42-37.

Coach Streit called a Mount Ayr time-out at 4:56 after which Megan Warin hit for two to pull Mount Ayr within three points, 42-39.

"We knew in the fourth quarter we were going to have to come back or it would be over," said Megan Warin. "We ran through our offense like normal and made sure we looked for Kelcie in the inside."

Kelcie Shields cut the lead to two points, 43-41, at the 3:18 mark, but the Trojans again answered with two of their own to lead by four, 45-41 with three minutes left in the game.

Macy Larsen converted a pair of free throws at 2:28 to trail by two, 45-43, but as they had all game, the Trojans found a way to extend their lead. Near the two-miute mark they scored and hit the free throw to push their lead to 48-43. They added another field goal and led 50-43 with only 90 seconds to play in the game.

Just like their opponents, however, the Raiderettes would not back down.

At 1:13 Megan Warin hit a field goal, after which Coach Streit called at time-out to set up his team's end-game strategy.

After being fouled on the in-bounds play, Turkey Valley hit both ends of the one-and-one to go up 52-45.

Kelcie Shields answered with a field goal with 55 seconds to go.

Feeling the pressure, Turkey Valley called at time-out at :44 after which the stiff Raiderette defense caused a turnover with a five-second call on the in-bounds play.

With 40 seconds to go, Megan Warin hit both ends of a one-and-one to cut the lead to three points, 52-49.

The Trojans were unable to convert a one-and-one with 36 seconds left, and Kelcie Shields hit a big field goal to cut the Turkey Valley lead to one point, 52-51.

Unfortunately, Shields' field goal was the end of the Raiderette scoring.

Turkey Valley converted a crucial one-and-one with 22 seconds to go and hit one-of-two free throws at the 14.6 marke to seal the hard-fougt 55-51 victory.

Shooting for both teams cooled off in the second half. Mount Ayr hit 10-of-27 field goals (37 percent) with no 3-pointers. They converted six-of-10 free throws.

The Trojans hit only seven-of-28 field goals (25 percent), including no three pointers. They were clutch down the stretch at the free throw line, hitting three in the final 22 seconds to seal the win. On the half they hit eight of their 12 free throw attempts (60 percent).

Game stats nearly even

For the game Mount Ayr shot 47.6 percent (20-of-42) from the field but only 20 percent (one-of-five) from beyond the arc. They shot 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the line.

Turkey Valley shot only 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the field, but they hit four-of-nine (44.4 percent) from 3-point range, which ended up being the margin of victory. Like Mount Ayr, the Trojans coverted 60 percent (nine-of-15) from the line.

Defensively, Turkey Valley's full-court pressure created 21 Mount Ayr turnovers as compared to only 10 for the Trojans.

"We did a better job the second-half handling their pressure," said Coach Streit. "They are number one and we gave them a run. Our schedule had helped us out a ton and made us better."

The Raiderettes return everyone but senior Kirsten Dolecheck to next year's squad.

Score by Quarters

  1 2 3 4 F
TValley 18 15 7 15 55
Mt. Ayr 14 11 8 18 51

MOUNT AYR STATISTICS

  Pts FG 3pt FT R
Larsen  2 0-2 0-2 2-2 3
Glendenning  0 0-0 0-0 0-0 6
Warin 17 7-16 1-3 2-4 7
Dolecheck  2 1-1 0-0 0-0 0
T. Shields  3 0-2 0-0 3-4 7
Winemiller  2 1-3 0-0 0-0 1
K. Shields 25 11-18 0-0 3-6 10

Turkey Valley STATISTICS

  Pts FG 3pt FT R
Njus  4 2-3 0-0 0-0 2
Reicks 17 5-12 1-1 6-7 3
Nymeyer  5 1-8 1-3 2-4 4
M. Kuennen  9 4-11 1-1 0-0 2
Lensing  2 1-3 0-0 0-0 2
Schaufenbuel  2 0-1 0-0 1-3 4
T. Kuennen  0 0-1 0-0 0-0 1
Busta  6 3-7 1-4 0-1 6

~ ~ ~ ~

Spring play postponed

Due to the Raiderettes qualifying for the state basketball tournament, the Mount Ayr Community High School spring play, "Headin' for the Hills," has been postponed to Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11.

~ ~ ~ ~

Coming down from a basketball high

[Page 2] The adrenaline high is beginning to wear off.

The heart rate is back to normal.

But what a thrill cheering on the Raiderettes the last two basketball games in the Des Moines area has been.

I'll admit, I'm a "me-too" fan this year. I followed the Raiderettes' progress each week in the Mount Ayr Record-News, but I hadn't been able to make it to a game until we took the trip to Johnston for the sub-state battle with Grand View Christian.

Wow, what a game.

That one couldn't have been any closer. Facing an unbeaten team, the Raiderettes tied the game at the end of each quarter, only to pull away to win as the clock ticked down in the first overtime.

The electricity in the crowd on the Mount Ayr side of the gymnasium could have lit up a small city.

The the emotion from the court spilled over into the stands as coach Thad Streit sent the girls into the stands to hug their parents. There was a reservoir full of joyful tears and all out hugs, I can tell you. I was sitting near a group of parents and saw that close up.

So it was on to the Well for another state tournament visit Monday.

Valle and I rode up to Des Moines with Debbie Bastow, who had been with the girls to the state tournament 59 years ago, as the Record-News noted in an article last week.

There were memories shared about that trip.

It brought back memories of heading to state with our daughter Cara many years later. Both of these earlier trips took place when the tournament was in Vets Auditorium.

We've been back several times since the long drought that the Raiderettes from Cara's era broke, and memories of watching the girls make the championship game before faltering in the Well a few years ago came flooding back.

I really didn't need another t-shirt, but I didn't want to go to state without the requisite cheering attire. It will join other state memories of Raider or Raiderette moments of glory.

So here we were to see how this year's version of the Raiderettes would stand up against the number one ranked Turkey Valley squad in the first round.

Would the Raiderettes, who were deceptive with the weakest record of the teams in the final eight, be able to play with the strong squard from northeast Iowa?

I'll say.

Cheered on by the crowd, which included basketball moms with their Raiderettes shirts and red and black striped overalls, the girls gave the home folk plenty to cheer about.

Down eight points at the half, the Raiderettes battle back and almost pulled off the huge upset. They almost tied the game up in the final minute before falling 55-51 at the final buzzer.

Again the tension was high as the girls looked up until the very last like they might still prove to be giant killers. The feeling of accomplishment, tinged with disappointment, reminded me somewhat of the state football game at the UniDome last fall.

I looked with a bit of envy at Chanse Hall and Darla Sobotka as they roved the sidelines getting shots of the Raiderettes There's not quite anywhere else as fun for me as trying to cover a Raider or Raiderette team at a state event. But those times are memories too.

Despite a bit of disappointment for the girls, one had to admit that they were in the game against what is supposed to be the top team in the state -- right to the very end.

So many of the girls contributed in one way or another in making the team what it had become. Whether they actually spent time on the floor, or helped with cheering from [Page 4] the sidelines and making their teammates better in practice, we could be proud of all their efforts.

Whih gets one dreaming of next year just as the final whistle of the 2015-16 season faded.

The girls have most of the squad back for a possible second run again next season, a path the Raiderettes have been down before. I can hardly wait to see what these girls may be able to pull off next year.

If they can pick up where they left off this season, there are some more adrenaline highs ahead for Raiderette fans.

Photographs courtesy of Mount Ayr Record-News
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2016

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, March 10, 2016, Page 1

Shields first team All-State

Junior, Kelcie Shields was named to the 2016 All-State girls basketball first team by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Shields played at 26 games for the Raiderettes this season, averaging a team high [of] 19.8 points per game and scoring 515 points this season. Shields made 63.8 percent of her shots, sinking 215-of-337. Most of her time was spent under the boards or knocking out 57 percent of her free throws, making 85-of-149 and recording 25 assists as well. Defensively, Shields had 29 steals and a team high [of] 84 blocks. She recorded 9.8 rebounds per game and had a total of 254 rebounds, another team high, 97 of which were offensively and 157 defensive.

In her Raiderette career, which began in her freshman year, Shields has played 63 games and scored an even 900 points. She has averaged 14.2 points per game and has made 387-of-631 shots in the paint, for a 59.9 percent completion percentage. At the free throw line, Shields has sunk 144-of-284 attempts, which translates to 50.7 percent.

Defensively, Kelcie has snatched 499 rebounds, 191 of which were offensive and 308 were defensive, averaging 12.6 rebounds per game. She has troubled teams with her ability to block shots, blocking 140 attempts and stolen the ball 54 times. Shields has been an unselfish player as well, recording 45 assists.

Prior Raiderettes who have been named first-team All-State include Becca Pennington in 2010 (by the Iowa Newspaper Association) and Dawn Huff in 1990 and Nancy Blunck in 1964 (both by the Des Moines Register).

Photographs courtesey of Mount Ayr Record-News
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2016


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