Hoops trio highlights all-conference teams

Junior Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.), freshman Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind.) and sophomore Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) have earned post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s women’s basketball coaches.

Hopkins was named to the Heartland Conference’s first team for the third straight season. Davidson also earned a slot on the first team and highlights the HCAC’s all-freshman squad as the league’s freshman of the year. Malloy was named to the conference’s sportsmanship team.

Hopkins ranked second on Hanover’s team in scoring with 12.9 points per game. She led the Heartland Conference in steals and was fourth in assists with 4.1 steals and 3.7 assists per outing.

Davidson led the Panthers in scoring with 14.3 points per contest and shot a team-best 44.2 percent from the floor (125-of-283). She added 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.6 assists per game.

She also set a school single-season record with an 86.2 percent effort from the free throw line. She hit 106-of-123 during the season to surpass the previous record of 83.2 percent set by Tessa Wynn in 2000-01 (84-of-101).

Davidson is the first Hanover player to receive the HCAC’s freshman-of-the-year honor since 2007-08, when career scoring and rebounding leader Molly Martin earned the award.

Malloy, a reserve point guard, averaged 5.0 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in more than 17 minutes per outing.

Hanover posted a 17-10 overall record and finished second in the Heartland Conference with a 14-4 mark. The Panthers reeled off 10 straight wins during the season and later advanced to the championship game of the league tournament for the sixth consecutive season.