A quintet of all-state honors highlights this fall's incoming class of freshmen for the Valpo women's basketball team. Grace Hales (Cromwell, Ind./Westview), Maya Meredith (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral), Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), Marlee Profitt (Medina, Ohio/Highland), and Addison Stoller (Cissna Park, Ill./Cissna Park) all concluded their prep careers this past month and will join the Crusaders in the fall of 2016.
Hales averaged 19.2 points, 3.2 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game in her season at Westview. She led the Warriors to a 21-6 record and an appearance in the IHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball State Tournament. Westview captured four sectional titles in Hales' four years. She was named All-State by both Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) and the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA). Hales departs Westview as the all-time leading scorer (1,600 points), the single-season scoring record holder (513 points), and the single-game watermark for three-pointers made (7).
Meredith was named honorable mention All-State after averaging 16.6 points, 5.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game this season at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. She surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in her final campaign with the Fighting Irish. In addition to her All-State recognition, Meredith was elected First Team All-City, Most Outstanding Teammate, and team Most Valuable Player.
Morrison amassed 16.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 54 three-pointers en route to Second Team All-State accolades out of Glenbrook South High School in Glenview. She was a member of the 1,000-point club while being named to the Central Suburban League All-Conference Team. Morrison was selected to the All-Tournament Team for both the Mundelein Thanksgiving Tournament and the Holiday Classic. She shot 55% from the field in 2015-16. Caitlin's father, Scott, was a standout on the Valparaiso men's basketball team in the early 90's.
Profitt was well on her way to 1,000 career points this past season until a knee injury torpedoed her final month and a half. The 6'1'' power forward rattled off 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game with the Highland (Ohio) Hornets. Profitt did collect honorable mention All-State on top of First Team All-Suburban League and All Tri-County. She was touted as the 38th-ranked player in the state of Ohio as well as a First Team All-Ohio selection in the preseason.
Stoller will graduate from Cissna Park High School as one of the best to don a Timberwolves' uniform. An Illinois Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-State selection, Stoller holds the school record in career rebounds (1,110), steals (381), and assists (358). She concluded her prep career with 1,807 points, the second-most in program history. This season, she averaged 18.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 steals, and 2.5 assists per contest. Stoller carried the Timberwolves to a 29-3 record and a berth in the 2016 IHSA Girls' Basketball State Championships.