SIOUX CITY | South Sioux City High School standout Carissa Powell was among nine recruits announced by Morningside College women’s basketball coach Jamie Sale on Saturday.
The 6-foot-1 Powell scored 1,146 career points and led the Cardinals to the Nebraska Class B state championship this season. She averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a senior and 17.2 points and 6.5 caroms as a junior.
Twins Faith and Grace Meyer, who played on back-to-back Iowa Class 3A state championship teams at Pocahontas Area, will also be joining the Mustang program. They were standouts on teams that recorded a 79-3 record and reached the state title game each of the last three seasons.
Faith Meyer, a 5-6 guard, was the team’s second-leading scorer with a 12.7 scoring average, earning second team all-state recognition from the Iowa Newspaper Association. Grace Meyer, a 5-7 guard, was a first team 3A all-stater after averaging 9.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals. The Meyers combined to make 78 3-pointers in 225 attempts this season.
Sierra Mitchell, a 5-6 guard from Southeast Polk High School, was a second team Iowa Class 5A all-state pick after averaging 18.7 points and making 88 3-pointers, which was the second-highest total in the state.
Kenna Rieck, a 5-8 guard from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, had averages of 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and dished out 99 assists.
Lindley Daubert, a 5-9 guard from Elkhorn (Neb.) South High School, earned first team All-Eastern Midland Conference honors and played on a Nebraska Class B state championship team as a junior.
Ashlyn Ekdahl, a 5-9 guard from Millard North, ranks second in school history with 108 career 3-pointers.
Tayte Hansen, a 5-7 guard from York, Nebraska, helped lead her team to the Class B state semifinals each of the last three seasons.
Mady Maly, a 5-5 guard from Wahoo, Nebraska, is the school’s all-time leader with 481 career assists and ranks second with 137 3-point goals. She averaged 8.9 points and 5.0 assists, leading the Cavaliers to a third-place finish in Class C1.
Morningside posted a 24-9 record during the 2016-17 season for its school-record 14th consecutive 20-win seasons. The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship and have an .838 winning percentage over the last 14 seasons.