Bunceton junior Rachel Emde did the little things for the Lady Dragons basketball team this past season.
While leading the Lady Dragons to their best-ever finish at 24-3 overall under head coach Mike Arnold, Emde was recently selected second-team all-state by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association after leading the team in both scoring, rebound and field goal percentage for the 2012-13 season.
Of course after hearing that she had been selected to the all-state team, Emde said she was extremely excited and shocked at the same time.
Bunceton coach Mike Arnold, meanwhile, said he wasn’t too surprised by Emde’s selection to the media’s all-state team.
“Rachel is a great student-athlete on and off the court,” Arnold said. “She is one of the hardest working athletes I have coached in my 20 years. Every day she is working on some part of her game to get better and help the team succeed. I think it’s a tremendous honor to have one of my kids make all-state. She is very well deserving of this honor and I am proud and glad to have coached her and to have her one more year.
“I have said from day one that she is the best post in Class 1-5 in this central area. Not only does she post up well but she can step out and shoot the three. She is a gym rat and always the last to leave the gym. This summer she is moving to a guard position so we can work on other parts of her game. She is never satisfied with her game and she knows I am not either. She will spend hours in the game this summer working on every aspect of her game. Right now she has a few colleges looking at her. she still has a lot of work to do before her senior year.”
For the season, Emde led the Lady Dragons with 425 points for an average of 16.3 ppg along with 304 rebounds for 11.6 rpg, 73 steals for 2.8 spg and 65 assists for 2.5 apg. She also shot 58 percent from the field and 36 percent from the three-point arc.
With 24 double-doubles for the season, Emde also scored a season-high 28 points in the championship game in the CCAA Tournament while pulling down a season-high 23 rebounds versus Tuscumbia.
Emde said the final game this season against the Drexel Bobcats was without a doubt the toughest team the Lady Dragons faced this season because the team came out too nervous and not ready to play like they usually did throughout the season.
As for the highlight of the season, Emde said it would have to be winning the district tournament for the first time in school history and seeing the reactions from Coach Arnold and the team.
With a dream to play college basketball, Emde said personally she feels like she needs to improve on everything along with becoming quicker and stronger.
“During my final season I have many goals and things to look forward to but the main accomplishment I am looking forward to is a state championship,” Emde said.
Of course it doesn’t matter where on the court Emde plays in 2013-14. She said she enjoys every position and that it depends on what kind of a night she is having.
“Wherever I am needed to help the team out the most,” Emde said. I have always wanted to play in college, but as of right now I have no idea where I want to go.”
With one year left at Bunceton, Emde has time to pick her college of choice. Right now, she just wants to win a state title for the Lady Dragons program.