Thatcher, Williams, Urick earn Frontier honors

WHITEFISH — The Frontier Conference All-Conference women’s basketball teams were released today, and Kloie Thatcher of Rocky Mountain College received honor along with Mesa Williams and Dani Urick of Montana Tech.

Thatcher, a Butte Central graduate, joined Williams as a second-team selection. Urick took home honorable mention.

Emilee Maldonado of the University of Providence was named the Player of the Year. She was joined on the first team by teammate Parker Esary, Brynley Fitzgerald of Montana Western and Christine Denny, Jamie Pickens and Dani Wagner of Frontier conference champion Carroll College.

Maddy Dixon of the University of Providence and L’Tia Lawrence of MSU-Northern were named the Co-Freshmen of the Year. Pickens, a sophomore who transferred to Carroll from the University of Montana, was selected as Newcomer of the Year.

Sophomore Maddie Geritz of Carroll College and L’Tia Lawrence of MSU-Northern were selected Co-Sixth Player of the Year. Montana Western’s Paige Holmes repeated as Defensive Player of the Year. Holmes also took home second-team honors.

Carroll College’s Rachelle Sayers was named the Coach of the Year.

Thatcher, a 5-foot-7 junior guard, was honored despite missing more than half of Rocky’s games, sitting out with several teammates in a show of support for embattled head coach Wes Keller. Thatcher averaged a team-best 14.8 points per game. She also dished out 4.8 assists per contest.

Thatcher was a first-team selection last season and a second-team recipient as a freshman.

Williams, a 5-10 senior, earned her third second team all-conference honor. The White Sulphur Springs native averaged 11.4 points while shooting 43.7 percent from the field this season. Williams finished with 1,231 points for her career as an Oredigger.

Urick, a 5-10 junior from Belt, averaged 9.9 points while shooting 35.6 percent from the field and 80.3 percent from the free throw line.

Montana Tech junior Jaden Comings was Montana Tech Champions of Character nominee.

Click here to see the list of all the Frontier Conference women’s basketball players to receive honors.



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