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Upperclassmen lead the way for the All-Area girls basketball first team

Published 3/15/2013

Morgan Ediger

5-8 Guard/Forward

Cimarron, So.

Ediger blossomed her sophomore season for the Lady Bluejays, finishing as the team's second-leading scorer behind junior teammate Ashtynn Burns (2nd team all-area selection).

A versatile player who can hit both the 3-pointer and drive to the basket, Ediger averaged 16.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.5 steals for the Lady 'Jays, who went through the season unbeaten before falling to Holcomb in the Class 3A sub-state championship game. She was a 45 percent 3-point field goal shooter, 62 percent for all field goals and hit 78 percent of her free throws. Ediger scored in double figures 21 of her team's 23 games. Eight times she eclipsed the 20-point level with a seaso-high of 22. She had season-highs of eight assists and seven steals.

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Most memorable moment for the 2012-13 season: Winning the Hi-Plains League Tournament.

Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan.

Favorite food: My grandma's chicken enchilada casserole.

Favorite classes in school: Weights and Algebra II.

Person I most admire: Mariano Rivera.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Si Robertson from Duck Dynasty.

Favorite pastimes: Going to Clark's Drugstore, napping, hanging out with friends, and basketball.

Honors: Unanimous first team all-HPL, Bluejay Invitational all-academic first team.

Season statistics: 16.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 62 percent FG, 78 percent FT, 3.5 stls, 4.8 ast, 1.5 blk, 45 percent 3-pt.

Katie Pfeifer

5-4 Guard

Holcomb, Sr.

Pfeifer made an impact for the Lady Longhorns from her freshman season through her senior year. She became one of the most feared 3-point shooters in the area, connecting on 41 percent of her treys this past season in helping the Lady Longhorns to a berth in the Class 3A state tournament.

Pfeifer was the team's leading scorer at 14 points per game on a team that had six players average between 8.3 and 14 points.

A repeat on The Telegram's All-Area team, Pfeifer also shot 70 percent from the free throw line. She averaged 4.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 3 steals.

She registered 17 double-figure scoring games, including a season-high 25 points. Her season bests were six 3-point field goals (twice), six rebounds (3 times), seven steals, and had 10 assists once and nine assists twice.

Pfeifer likely had her single best half in the Class 3A sub-state game when she scored 22 second-half points against Cimarron after going scoreless in the first half.

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Most memorable moments for the 2012-13 season: Going against Hugoton in the final regular season game, knowing a win would give Holcomb the outright league title, which happened. Facing top-ranked Cimarron in the sub-state title game and getting the win as a team.

Favorite athlete: John Stockton.

Favorite food: Ice cream.

Favorite class in school: Math.

Persons I most admire: My parents.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Will Ferrell.

Favorite pastime: Watching television.

College you plan to attend: Undecided.

Area of intended study: Accounting.

Honors: First team all-Great West Activities Conference, first team Telegram all-area (2012), Holcomb team player of the year.

Taryn Tempel

5-7 Guard/Forward

Garden City, Jr.

Tempel, who is a three-year varsity player and two-year starter, was a model of consistency for the Lady Buffaloes this season.

In 21 games, she reached double figures in all but one. She had a season-high 21 on two separate occasions, with a season-low of 9 points.

Tempel was voted the Western Athletic Conference's player of the year, finishing with a 15.2 point scoring average. She averaged 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She was a 50 percent field goal shooter, including 38 percent from 3-point range.

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Most memorable moments for the 2012-13 season: Winning the Western Athletic Conference title with my team and Jacksenie's (Tornero) half-court buzzer-beater against Hays.

Favorite athlete: Tim Tebow.

Favorite food: Chicken enchiladas.

Favorite class in school: English.

Persons I most admire: My parents.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Tim Tebow.

Favorite pastimes: Reading and hanging out with my best friend.

Honors: All-WAC first team, WAC player of the year.

Tara Whipple

5-6 Guard

Ingalls, Sr.

Ingalls coach Roger Thurlow has said for years running, that without Whipple at the point guard position, the Lady Bulldogs would not be as successful as they have during their three-year run at the Class 1A-II state tournament.

In finishing fourth, third and then first, the Lady Bulldogs had Whipple on the floor for most of those games, playing sometimes all 32 minutes.

This year, the floor general averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 assists, 2.7 steals, 2.3 rebounds while shooting 48.7 percent from the field. Not an outside scoring threat, Whipple took just one 3-point shot all year and made it. She was a 69 percent free throw shooter.

Perhaps the most vital statistic for Whipple was her assist to turnover numbers, where she handed out 93 assists while committing just 42 turnovers, a more than 2-1 ratio. In 25 games, she only committed 24 fouls. Her season-high outputs included 16 points and nine assists.

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Most memorable moment for the 2012-13 season: Winning the Class 1A-Division II state championship, it was the greatest feeling in the world. After coming to state for the past two years and coming up short, it was a great way to finish my senior year holding the first place trophy. While doing so, I was around some of the greatest teammates.

Favorite athlete: Shalee Lehning (former Sublette, Kansas State and Atlanta Dream standout).

Favorite food: Fajitas.

Favorite class in school: Chemistry.

Person I most admire: My mom.

Favorite pastimes: Playing basketball and anything that has to do with sports.

College you plan to attend: Undecided.

Areas of intended study: Athletic training and physical therapy.

Honors: Southern Plains-Iroquois Activities Association all-league first team, 2012 Telegram all-area volleyball first team.

Rebecca Wyatt

5-11 Forward

Ingalls, Jr.

At times, coach Roger Thurlow bemoaned the fact that his Lady Bulldogs struggled scoring, while hanging their hat with a strong defense.

Wyatt, the inside presence for Thurlow, was the team's leading scorer at 12.3 points. Her rebounding also was instrumental for the Lady 'Dogs, averaging 10.4 boards for a season-long double-double. She also averaged 2.7 steals for the season.

Wyatt had season-highs of 21 points and 21 rebounds.

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Most memorable moments for the 2012-13 season: Not only winning the Southern Plains-Iroquois Activities Association League Tournament, but going undefeated into the state tournament and also coming out as undefeated Class 1A-Division II state champions. I'll never forget the feeling I had as the clock ran out, but also the look on the coaches (Roger Thurlow) face. Holding that trophy with my teammates on that court will be a memory I will hold with me forever.

Favorite athlete: Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame guard).

Favorite food: Anything homemade, you can't go wrong with homemade foods.

Favorite class in school: American Literature.

Persons I most admire: My parents, they have made me the person I am today.

If I could meet anyone, it would be: My grandpa and grandma Lightner, and grandpa Wyatt.

Favorite pastimes: Hanging out with friends and playing sports.

Honors: First team all-SPIAA.

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