The accolades continue to roll in for some of the state’s best high school basketball players, with a trio of girls from the Southeast Iowa Super Conference picking up spots on the Class 1A All-Southeast District team as voted on by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. The two honorees from the Super Conference North are two of the area’s best, seniors Ellah Kissell of WACO and Bradie Buffington of Winfield-Mount Union.
Buffington was the leading scorer on a WMU team that won 22 games and was undefeated on their way to winning a conference title. The Super Conference North Player of the Year not only scored 14 points per game, but she also pulled down better than 8 rebounds per contest and blocked 54 shots, second-most in the league. Buffington also helped the Wolves finish the regular season ranked eighth in Class 1A and win the 1A Region 8 championship, reaching the state tournament for the first time in 25 years.
Kissell was not only the leading scorer in the Super Conference North, but her 22 points per game finish fourth in 1A and 12th in the state across all classes. Kissell averaged nearly seven rebounds, three assists and four steals a game, leading WACO in almost every statistical category and guiding the Warriors to 18 wins, easily securing their first winning record since 2015.