Hermann’s Lane is selected MVP in Four Rivers Conference
Jamie Gleeson (left) and Karrinne Lane
By staff writer
Hermann junior point guard Karinne Lane was selected Player of the Year in the Four Rivers Conference in voting conducted the league’s coaches last week.
The 5-5 playmaker, along with teammate Jamie Gleeson, were named to the first team of the All-Conference team. Todd Anderson of Hermann and Jason Merkel of Sullivan were chosen co-coaches of the year.
Lane, who moved into Hermann’s starting lineup as a freshman after Ashley Brooks suffered a season-ending knee injury, has been the Lady Bearcats’ playmaker ever since the graduation of Shelby Winkelmann.
The Lady Bearcats were 23-5 overall this year and shared the Four Rivers Conference title with Sullivan at 6-1. The Eagles are 22-4 going into Class 4 sectionals this week.
On a team that featured balanced scoring, Lane averaged 14.7 points a game to lead Hermann, and was second on her team in rebounds, averaging nearly 9 per game. But her more impressive numbers were in steals and assists. She led the St. Louis area with 164 steals, nearly six a game, while averaging 6.36 assists a game.
Gleeson, a 5-10 junior, averaged a double-double this season, scoring 14.8 points a game while averagine 10 rebounds a contest. She has been a starter since her freshman season.
Lane and Gleeson are on target to both become 1,000-point career scorers next season.
Rounding out the first team in the Four Rivers Conference are Rachel Steinhoff, New Haven’s junior point guard; Sullivan junior forward Taylor Lucas; St. James senior forward MJ Buschmann; Pacific senior forward Lizzy Almo; Union senior forward Rachael Bassett; and Owensville freshman forward Hailey Diestelkamp.
Second team all-conference selections are Sierra Pryor of Sullivan, Kya Hill of Pacific, Ashlee Marlatt and Alexis Uffmann of St. James, Bethany Coons of Union, Allison Hinson of St. Clair and Aley Lucas of Sullivan.