Broken Bow’s Kali Staples Named to the GI Independent’s All Heartland Super Squad

Broken Bow’s Kali Staples Named to the GI Independent’s All Heartland Super Squad
Kali Staples shotting free throw during C1-5 district championship game Photo by Stephanie Miller

The Grand Island Independent has released its selections for their annual All Heartland girls basketball teams honoring athletes from within their coverage area.  Kali Staples of Broken Bow was named to the “All Heartland Girls Basketball Super Squad”.  Staples helped guide Broken Bow to its first appearance at the girls state basketball tournament since 2003.  Staples averaged 9.5 points and 5.4 assists per game this season and was  recently selected to the all Southwest Conference first team for the fourth time and received the highest vote total in the conference voting for the third consecutive year.  Broken Bow girls basketball head coach Kelly Cooksley told the Independent “she has a high basketball IQ, she’s a student of basketball and comes from a basketball family.”  Staples has signed to play basketball collegiately for Doane University.  Joining Staples on the All Heartland Super Squad are Bailey Kissinger (Hastings St. Cecilia), Taryn Wagner (Central City), Boston Boucher (Wood River), Kiernan Paulk (Wood River).

Kya Scott, who averaged 13 points per game this season for Broken Bow, was named to the All Heartland Second Team and Carlie Helgoth of Burwell, who averaged 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, was named to the All Heartland Third Team.

All Heartland Honorable Mention – Broken Bow: Kailyn Scott, Jr.; Kassidy Cyboron, Sr. Burwell: Hannah Gurney, Sr.; Nikia Williams, Jr.