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As the basketball regular season starts to wind down, here are five area players that have impressed us with their year-to-year improvement.
1. Mason McFarland - sophomore, Highland
McFarland is scoring nearly as many points per game this season as he did during the entire 2016-2017 season. The starting guard for Highland sits a 11.4 points per game on 46.5 percent shooting after scoring just 12 points total last year.
Highland’s depth chart was filled with talented seniors, but McFarland has stepped in to take over when needed. McFarland’s best effort of the year, 16 points, came against SEISC North winner Wapello.
2. Anna Vilovchik - senior, Mid-Prairie
The normally pass-first point guard has started to let things fly from three this year. She’s gone from 3.7 to 7.2 points per game all while increasing the number of assists she’s dishing out on the offensive end.
Vilovchik has also gotten more aggressive on the defensive end, with a higher per game average of steals and doubling her total rebounds this year over last year.
3. Cale Robertson - junior, Mid-Prairie
Robertson spent much of his sophomore season not seeing the court, but has emerged as Mid-Prairie’s leading scorer his junior year. Robertson is the only Golden Hawk averaging double figures with 10.6 points per game.
He has also added 66 rebounds, 28 assists and 26 steals this season.
4. Reggie Borntrager - senior, Iowa Mennonite
Borntrager has nearly doubled his offensive output in his senior campaign by jumping from 6.9 points per game to 12.1 points per game, all while shooting at a higher percentage.
The Iowa Mennonite senior forward has made 56 percent of his shots this year. He is second on the team in rebounding, with 43 percent of his rebounds coming on the offensive glass. Borntrager’s length allows him to defend well in full-court situations and has led to 41 steals this year.
5. Riley Warson - senior, Lone Tree
Warson has made the leap this year to the primary scoring option for Lone Tree. When all else fails and the Lady Lions need a bucket, they look to Warson to drive to the hoop or make a 3-point shot.
She leads the Lions with 12.3 points per game, more than a third of their per game scoring. She also leads the team in nearly every major category including scoring, made threes, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.