Anna Finley earns All-FRC, All-District nods

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 3/18/20

Earning All-Four Rivers Conference (FRC) second team honors as a freshman, Dutchgirl sophomore Anna Finley looked to move one step closer to becoming Owensville Dutchgirl basketball’s latest …

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Anna Finley earns All-FRC, All-District nods

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Earning All-Four Rivers Conference (FRC) second team honors as a freshman, Dutchgirl sophomore Anna Finley looked to move one step closer to becoming Owensville Dutchgirl basketball’s latest four-time All-FRC player.

During recent voting, Finley earned the fifth-highest number of votes putting her on the All-FRC Girls Basketball 1st Team.

Joining Finley on the first team were junior Reagan Rapert (Union), junior Alohilani Bursey (St. Clair), senior Quincy Erickson (Hermann), junior Hannah Marcee (St. James) and junior Emily Gaebe (Union).

Second-team selections for All-FRC girls basketball included junior Gracie Winkelmann (Hermann), sophomore Mackenzie Wilson (New Haven), junior Riley Whitener (St. James), senior Alana Hinson (St. Clair), sophomore Rylee Denbow (Sullivan), junior Julia Overstreet (Union) and senior McKenzie Overschmidt (New Haven).

Sullivan senior Mallory Shetley was voted the FRC Player of the Year while St. Clair’s Mackenzie Lowder was named the FRC’s 6th Man.

Lady Eagle head basketball coach Jordan Flora was named the FRC Girl’s Basketball Coach of the Year leading the Lady Eagles to the MSHSAA Class 4 Quarterfinals before falling to Carl Junction’s Lady Bulldogs over the weekend at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

The last time a FRC squad took on Carl Junction was 2016 during Owensville’s run to the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown when they rallied from a double digit deficit in the fourth quarter.

Postseason honors did not stop for Finley at the conference level.

After voting from schools in the MSHSAA Class 4, District 9 Tournament Field, Finley was also one of 10 players named to the All-District team.

Joining Finley in earning All-District accolades were Rapert (Union), Shetley (Sullivan), Ellie Rodgers (Rolla), Bursey (St. Clair), Savannah Campbell (Rolla), Rebecca Junke (Rolla), Kya Harbour (Sullivan), Denbow (Sullivan) and Gaebe (Union).

In conference games, Finley’s best outing came against Pacific in a 54-30 victory that saw her light up the scoreboard for a career-high 31 points.

Reaching double digits in rebounds five times, Finley season-high came in early December against Salem’s Lady Tigers when she pulled down 14 rebounds.

In the assist department, Finley dished out a season-high nine assists in Owensville’s 42-37 victory over St. Francis Borgia in the third-place game of the Peoples Bank Holiday Classic at Sullivan High School.

Seven was a lucky number in steals for Finley recording that number three times in games against Iberia, Capital City and Belle.

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