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MASON CITY — Mason City graduated eight players from its state championship team in 2016, including one of its best to ever put on a Mohawks uniform in Makenzie Meyer. That left a tough act for Megan Meyer, the only player back who averaged more than three points per game, to follow.

In light of all that pressure, Meyer still put forth one of the best seasons by an individual in school history, and it’s helped her earn the Globe Gazette Player of the Year.

“I think in some ways she was not playing under her sister (last season), but maybe was a little bit in Makenzie’s shadow,” Mason City coach Curt Klaahsen said. “But I think she found her niche this year. She had the ball in her hands more often and I think she knew we needed more scoring out of her.”

Last year as a freshman Meyer scored 10.1 points per game and was an all-state selection. With all the change heading into this year, this was going to be Meyer’s time to shine, and she didn’t disappoint.

The Mason City sophomore finished with 18.5 points per game, which is third in school history behind Erin Richards and her sister Makenzie.

Her 49 3-pointers is the third most in school history as well, behind Myah Mellman’s seasons of 55 and 53.

For her work, Meyer was a Class 4A first-team all-state selection by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association and was a second-team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

“She stepped into a bigger scoring role and had teams throwing double teams and every kind of junk defense at her, but she didn’t force anything offensively and had a really good season,” Klaahsen said.

It might not have been the easiest of seasons for the Mohawks as they finished 11-12 and lost in a Class 4A regional semifinal. With tough games every single night in the CIML, even when the odds were stacked against her, Meyer still brought her A-game. There were nights where shots didn’t fall, but the passion was always there. So was the skill, which was always on display.

Klaahsen said even with the eyes of Division I schools on Meyer, she was the same player no matter what.

Above all, though, it’s her drive to win which set her apart this season, Klaahsen said. It’s a trait many of the great players Klaahsen has seen pass through the program have possessed.

“It starts with their families that are really grounded and are really about just winning,” the coach said. “It speaks to the culture we’ve built here with kids going out to do everything they can to win games, and that’s what matters. It doesn’t matter who shoots the ball. That’s part of the reason why kids are successful when they leave here.”

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