Stephens, McIntosh, Edeler named all-conference

Brett Stephens, Karlina McIntosh and Madi Edeler have been named to the Class 2A Northwest All-Conference team.

The three Lady Buffs were joined on the elite list by Marissa Arnold and Mikaela Hocker of Rocky Mountain, Sierra Schmidt, Tyelynn Myers, Haylee Hoffman, Bailey Fisher and Dakota Jeffs of Thermopolis and Raine Pingetzer and Olivia Thompson of Shoshoni.

Lady Blue Olivia Thompson was honored as the Northwest Conference Player of the Year.

Stephens and McIntosh, co-captains of the Lady Buffs, are two-time all-conference selections.

Coach Jeff Hunt said Stephens, “has been a huge part of the program. She has been our leading rebounder and scorer for the past three seasons, and is in the top 10 of several categories in 2A competition. She finished the season with 290 points, 105 rebounds, 97 steals and 32 assists. Her presence will be greatly missed and her leadership role will be tough to fill.”

McIntosh was one of the Buffs’ leading scorers; she also led the Buffs in both free-throw and three-point percentages. The senior finished the season with 260 points, 85 rebounds and 61 steals. “She is a great shooter and has come a long way the past two seasons,” Hunt said. “She has been a go-to player on offense; she brought a lot to the team.”

Junior Madi Edeler received kudos from Hunt for being “the type of player who will do anything for her teammates and for the team. She really stepped it up this year and had a great season.” Edeler played more minutes than any other Lady Buff and led the team in both offensive and defensive rebounds with 63 and 121, respectively. She was also third in scoring with 126 points and led the team with 13 blocks.

In addition to Stephens and McIntosh, two other Lady Buffs, Chai Durfee and Lily Mendez, will be lost to graduation this year.

Durfee, said Hunt, “has been one of our biggest assets off the bench. She is a great defensive player, works hard all the time, and causes trouble for the players she guards. She has come a long way the past two years. We’ll miss her hustle and hard work.”

Mendez, a third year player, is the type of athlete who “pushes herself and those around her to be better. She came into the program with very little basketball experience and has improved tremendously every year. She is a very quiet, good defensive player.”

Of his four seniors, Hunt said all have invested a lot of time and effort. “They are very driven both on and off the court. It’s always sad to see players move on, but I expect to see great things from them in the future.”