Sophie Niese

Shelby's Sophie Niese lofts a shot over a pair of Clear Fork defenders during a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference game at Shelby High School.

SHELBY — Sofia Niese and Olivia Baker were rewarded for leading Shelby to its third straight Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference crown.

Both Niese and Baker earned spots on the MOAC first team when the all-conference selections were announced Wednesday.

The Whippets shared the MOAC title with Marion Harding, splitting a pair of regular season games with the Presidents. The loss the Harding was Shelby’s first MOAC loss since joining the conference for the 2018-19 season. The Whippets won outright MOAC championships in 2019 and again in 2020.

Niese was one of the conference’s premier point guards. She averaged 11.8 points and was second in the MOAC with 4.1 assists a game.

Baker ranked third in the MOAC in scoring at 14.1 points a night. She also averaged 5.2 rebounds a game.

Clear Fork’s Bekah Conrad and Ontario’s Carleigh Pearson also earned spots on the MOAC first team. The 6-foot-4 Conrad averaged 14.9 points and 8.5 rebounds a game while Pearson was good for a team-best 13.7 points and 5.1 rebounds a game.

Other first team picks included Marion Harding’s Ariyah Douglas and River Valley’s Hannah Logan.

Second team selections were Galion’s Natalee Perkins, Shelby’s Haylee Baker, Marion Harding’s Nicole Flock and Justice Steiment-Ross, Marion Pleasant’s Kyla Columbia and River Valley’s Brooklin Mosher.

Honorable mention selections were Morgan Galco of Clear Fork, Lexi Rush of Galion, Macy Mangan of Ontario, Shelby’s Audi Albert, Marion Harding’s Taylor Iden, Marion Pleasant’s Avery Mattix and River Valley’s Emma Roseberry.

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