by Lucas Treat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sioux City, IA - The defending GPAC champs are hitting the recruiting trail and picking up some big names.
Head Coach Jamie Sale announced the singing of three local signees.
Lexi Ackerman, a 5-9 guard from Rock Rapids, Iowa, who has led the state of Iowa in assists each of the past two seasons. Ackerman is a senior at Central Lyon Community High School, where she helped lead the school to Iowa's Class 1A state championship this past season.For the season, Ackerman averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 5.0 steals per game and drilled 179 of 353 field goal attempts for 50.7 percent. She led the state with 232 assists and finished sixth in the state with 140 steals.
Katie Gubbels, a 5-7 guard from Laurel, Neb. Gubbels is a senior at Laurel-Concord/Coleridge High School, where she earned honorable mention Class C-2 all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald this past season. She averaged 7.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.1 steals per game.
Sara Heywood, a 5-8 guard from Estherville, Iowa. Heywood is a senior at Estherville-Lincoln Central High School, where she earned first-team All-Lakes Conference honors and helped lead the team to a runner-up finish at this year's Class 3A state tournament. She averaged 8.7 points per game and had 68 assists and 66 steals for averages of 2.6 assists and 2.5 steals per contest.
The recruits will join a Morningside team that posted a 31-5 record and won the GPAC regular season and post-season tournament championships this past season. The Mustangs advanced to the Final Four of the NAIA Division II National Tournament for the sixth time in the last 10 years, where they lost 65-64 against eventual NAIA II National Champion Indiana Wesleyan University in the semifinals.