The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its 2009 All-State Girls Basketball teams for Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A Tuesday, naming Amanda Zimmerman of Ballard High School as "Miss Basketball." For the Iowa State-bound recruit Zimmerman, March 7, 2009 is likely to be one of the most memorable days of her high school career. Early Saturday a panel of sportswriters from across the state named the 6-2 senior from Ballard as Iowa Miss Basketball 2009 after selecting her as a Class 3A First Team All-Stater for the fourth consecutive season. Later that evening she helped lead the Bombers to an elusive state championship, a goal she had seen slip away after helping Ballard qualify for the state tourney each of the past three years.
Zimmerman scored 16.1 points per game this season while pulling down 6.2 rebounds per outing. She averaged 2.1 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.1 assists per contest.
Storm Lake's Slone Masters earned second-team honors in Class 3A as she led the Tornadoes to their best season in a decade and a second place finish in the Lakes Conference. Among the conference leaders in virtually every statistical category, the junior point guard averaged 15 points (50% fg), eight rebounds, four assists, four steals, and one and a half blocks per game.
Alta's Jordan Henningsen was a second-team pick in Class 1A. In her sophomore season, the Cyclone guard finished atop the Northwest Conference, and in the top-15 in Iowa, with her 20 points per game. Henningsen also averaged three assists, three steals, and two rebounds per game as she helped guide Alta to a third place conference finish.
Other area selections included; Spencer's Brittany Peterson (1st team, 3A), Spirit Lake's Amber Kirschbaum (1st team, 2A), Manson NW Webster's Mika Rodewald (2nd team, 2A), Okoboji's Miley Hunziker (3rd team, 2A), and Bishop Heelan's Carli Tritz (1st team, 3A) and Millie Niggeling (2nd team, 3A).