Peoples, Thatcher among Frontier honorees

Peoples, Thatcher among Frontier honorees
Clockwise from top left, Lindsay Woolley, Brianna King, Hannah Dean, Alecia Chamberlain, Sydney Hovde, Kloie Thatcher and Mollie Peoples are shown in these team photos distributed by the Frontier Conference.

WHITEFISH — Mollie Peoples and Kloie Thatcher have been honored together many times before.

The Butte Central graduates received basketball and softball several post season accolades as members of the Maroons. Together they hoisted the Class A state championship trophy in 2016.

On Tuesday, Peoples and Thatcher together received their first collegiate post-season honors. The two former Maroons were among the honorees on the Frontier Conference 2018-19 Women’s All-Conference basketball team.

Peoples, a sophomore at Montana Tech, took home the Sixth Player of the Year. Thatcher, a true freshman at Rocky Mountain College, was named the Freshman of the Year.

The honors come after Peoples averaged 10.8 points per game for the Orediggers. Thatcher averaged 8.4 points and 4.0 assists per game in her first season playing for the Battlin’ Bears.

Peoples and Thatcher also took home an all-conference honorable mention

Montana Western senior guard Brianna King repeated as Frontier Conference Player of the Year after averaging 22.2 points per game to lead the Bulldogs to the regular-season title. Western coach Lindsay Woolley was named coach of the Year.

Carroll College senior forward Hannah Dean and Rocky Mountain College senior guard Alecia Chamberlin were selected Co-Defensive Players of the Year. Sydney Hovde of MSU-Northern was selected as Newcomer of the Year.

King was joined as a first-team all-conference selection by senior teammate Britt Cooper, Dean, Chamberlin, Jossilyn Blackman of Lewis-Clark State and Parker Esary and Emilee Maldonado of the University of Providence.

Tech sophomore Mesa Williams earned a spot on the second team. She led Tech with 13.2 points per game. Oredigger junior Kaylee Zard, who averaged 10.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game despite playing with a badly-injured ankle, received an honorable mention.

Western senior Cierra Lamey, who averaged 9.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, also took home an honorable mention. She was also named a Champion of Character.

Tech freshman Meg Delaney was also among the list of Champions of Character.

Click here to see all the athletes honored. The men’s team will be released on Wednesday.

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