Menominee’s Amanda Pedersen, front, battles Marinette’s Amanda Lesdandrini for a loose ball last month. Pedersen has been named to the all-Great Northern Conference second team. <br> EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Menominee’s Amanda Pedersen, front, battles Marinette’s Amanda Lesdandrini for a loose ball last month. Pedersen has been named to the all-Great Northern Conference second team.
EagleHerald/Jody Korch
ESCANABA, Mich. - Menominee's twin towers and basketball pickpocket earned all-Great Northern Conference honors at the postseason meeting of the league coaches.

Maroon junior Amanda Pedersen was named to the all-GNC second team, Karli Barley earned honorable mention, and Allia Stewart made the all-defensive team.

The 6-foot-0 Pedersen averaged 8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. She shot 53 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line.

"She's a very strong post player," Maroon coach Lucas Chouinard said. "When she gets the ball down there, more than likely she's going to make it or get fouled."

Pedersen can also beat defenders off the dribble on the perimeter.

"She's a very versatile player," according to Chouinard.

Barley, a 6-0 senior, averaged 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in conference play, and she shot 57 percent from the foul line.

"I've coached her for three years now. It's wonderful to see her progress," Chouinard said. "It shows the hard work she has put forth."

The Maroons often worked Pedersen and Barley in a high/low set to create mismatches.

"Her and Amanda worked very well together," the coach said. "They were able to find each other."

Stewart, a junior guard, led the team in steals with 2.8 per game.

"She was definitely our fire starter on defense," Chouinard said. "She always had to guard their best player. A lot of her steals were off her pure anticipation."

Sophomore Hunter Viitala, who led Marquette to the GNC title, was named player of the year. The 5-7 wing averaged 20.3 points, six rebounds and five steals while shooting 59 percent from the field in her first season on the varsity.

Marquette coach Ben Smith, whose team finished 17-3, was named GNC coach of the year. Redette seniors Liana Storm and Morgan Seibert were also named to the first team. Storm averaged seven assists, 4.5 steals and 5.8 points a game.

Conference runner-up Kingsford placed two players on the league first team, seniors Carlee Benzie and Andrea Roell, and Benzie was also named defensive player of the year and Roell to the all-defensive team.

The first team was rounded out by Escanaba sophomore Michelle LaFave.