The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) recently put the exclamation point on what has been a solid 2018 season across the state by releasing the All-State teams for each class.
Residing inside the Class 2A members were two Filly stars in Lexi Smith and Emma Angus.
Smith was the first team selection for the Fillies. The senior was third on the team in scoring with four goals made and nine points acquired. Smith ends her tenure at DC-G with 12 goals scored with ten assists dished out.
Smith was part of a large senior group for the Fillies and one that head coach Dan James had a lot of praise for after the conclusion of their season.
“They have been a great group of leaders, all nine of them out there,” began James. “This was their team and the last few weeks they decided they didn’t want their season to end and they pushed the team to the state tournament. They brought great skill and leadership to this team and without that I’m not sure where this team would be this season. They were a hard working, dedicated bunch and that’s something you just can’t coach, it has to be there and this senior group had it.”
The second team All-State selection for the Fillies included freshman Emma Angus. The freshman had just four shots on goal but was primarily used in a defensive capacity. Angus helped the Fillies develop one of the stingiest defenses around by allowing just one goal against them on average per game this season. The Fillies held a Lewis Central team that averaged five goals per contest two just two in their state tournament battle.
The Fillies weren’t the highest scoring team and relied more on their defense which head coach Dan James praised for their performances this season.
“The defense has been outstanding all season long,” began James. “Our team may not have scored a lot but we did a great job of limiting opposing offenses which in turn gave our offense more opportunities to score.”
The Fillies loose nine seniors to graduation but they do retain the likes of four of their top five scorers from the 2018 campaign.