Talent on the basketball floor is not hard to come by in North Iowa.
There are a handful of teams who have a great shot at playing inside Wells Fargo Arena at the girls state basketball tournament in March, and even more players with a chance to leave their legacies at their respective schools.
Here’s a look at six girls to keep an eye on this season:
Hannah Anderson, Forest City — The Indians won their first conference title since 2006 last year and Anderson was a large reason why. Forest City’s senior guard shot her way to Class 3A second-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association and was a third-team selection by Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Anderson averaged 16.2 points per game and made 66 3-pointers, which was third in Class 3A.
Jenna Boelter, Bishop Garrigan — Boelter, who will be in her fourth season as a starter, eclipsed the 1,000-point mark as a junior and will be chasing the school’s all-time scoring record this year. She was a 1A second-team all-state selection by the INA and third-team selection by the IGCA after averaging 18.5 points per game and draining 68 3-pointers (second in 1A).
Kelly Leerar, West Hancock — Leerar was the main piece of an Eagles team which just missed a conference title a year ago, but a knee injury late in the year cut her season short. Before the injury, Leerar put up big enough numbers to garner first-team all-state honors from the INA and was a second-team selection by the IGCA. Leerar averaged 19 points per game, made 52 3-pointers and handed out 140 assists.
Megan Meyer, Mason City — In her first season as the premier player on the Mason City roster, Meyer did not disappoint. She carved up some of the best teams in the state on the way to 18.5 points per game. She was a first-team all-state pick by the INA and second-team by the IGCA. Meyer committed to Iowa over the summer.
Peyton Olson, Newman Catholic — Olson was the cog that made Newman Catholic run last season. Including setting the school’s single-game 3-point record, Olson poured in 52 3s on the season, which was tied for fourth in 1A. She also averaged 16 points per game and had 58 steals.
Kaylee Parks, Central Springs — One of the most prolific scorers in the state, Parks made her name known has a junior. She finished third in Class 2A with 21.5 points per game, had 98 steals and 45 assists. Her scoring average is the third best in the state among returning players this season. Parks was also a second-team INA and third-team IGCA all-state selection.