This is The Globe All-Area Girls Basketball team for 2020. It is the first team of three teams and also a list of honorable mentions.
Go to The Globe print edition for Saturday, March 27, to see teams two and three and honorable mention selections.
The all-time scoring leader for Southwest Christian boys and girls basketball with 1,827 points, Prins averaged 18.9 points per game in her senior season and also moved into second place in all-time assists, with 303. She is the career steals leader with 349, averaging 2.8 thefts per game as a senior. Also a strong rebounder, she was an outstanding and consistent long-range shooter. Was named honorable mention in state Class A by the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association. A repeat first-team All-Area pick.
A veritable rebounding machine, Nerem pulled down 13.3 caroms per game in 2019-20 in becoming the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 757 (surpassing her older sister, Hannah). Had 25 rebounds in a single game. In 30 games in her junior year, Maren was credited with 20 double/doubles. Averaged 15.8 points per game and was named to the state Class A team by the Minnesota Girls Basketball Association. Her excellent footwork and positioning in the post made her a tough matchup.
Rauk was a major reason the Patriots went undefeated in the Red Rock Conference in 2019-20 while holding down the top seed in the South Section 3A tournament. Rauk made a big jump from her sophomore year, improving her points-per-game average from 7.5 to 17.3. Made 3.3 steals per contest, including a 13-steal effort in a tournament game against Red Rock Central. “She developed into an outstanding scorer while continuing to be our best defender,” said H-BC head coach Kale Wiertzema.
Basketball fans in Windom might never forget the buzzer-beater Letcher made to beat Luverne this year in the South Section 3A finals. But that was just one of many times the WAHS junior rose to the challenge this season. She averaged 17.5 points per game in 2019-20 while grabbing 154 rebounds and making 94 assists. She converted 85 percent of her free throws and made a school-record 71 3-point shots. With one more season remaining in her career, the all-purpose guard has scored 887 points.
Jackson County Central
A repeat first-team All-Area performer, Wolff -- who is also one of the area’s top volleyball players -- became Jackson County Central’s all-time leading basketball scorer this season -- then continued on to surpass 2,000 points. Able to score from anywhere on the court, whether with a 3-point shot or a drive through the lane. She’s the school’s all-time leader in made 3-point field goals (253) and is a member of the All-State academic team. She’ll attend Wayne State College, Neb., next year on a volleyball scholarship.