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Notre Dame basketball teams have six honored with postseason accolades

Sophomore forward Kate Rubel earned both Class 4 District 1 All-District and All-SEMO Conference first team honors in her second-straight season in the Notre Dame girls basketball team’s starting five. Photo by Nick McNeal

Following this winter season, both the Notre Dame girls and boys basketball programs rightfully had a few players garner postseason honors. The Bulldogs girls team had the most honored as it was also the only program to win a conference or district championship.

After winning a fifth-straight SEMO Conference Tournament Championship and third regular-season conference title in a row, Notre Dame’s girls team had four players named All-SEMO Conference.

Being selected first team all-conference were sophomores forward Kate Rubel, guard Brie Rubel and post Nevaeh Lucious, while junior forward Eliza Barnette earned honorable mention. This was the second time Brie and Lucious were named All-SEMO and shockingly the first time for Kate.

“It’s nice recognition, and I appreciate it,” Kate Rubel said. “There are a lot of good players in our conference and district, and it’s always good to be recognized.”

While she didn’t lead the Bulldogs in any major category, Kate Rubel finished second in scoring (10.6 points per game), assists (2.7), steals (2.1) and blocks (21 total). She was also third in rebounds per game at 5.5.

Kate shined throughout the season filling the stat sheet, but she had the best game of her high school career so far in a 75-51 win over Kennett (21-5) in January. Rubel scored a career-high 24 points with five rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two assists while shooting 75% from the field.

For a 71-54 win in the Class 4 District 1 semifinals, Kate had Kennett’s number once again with 20 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

“I put in a lot of time in the gym,” Kate said. “I have been working really hard on my mid range and finishing at the basket. … I would like to improve my 3-point shooting ability and work on my overall quickness.”

Notre Dame (20-8) ended up winning a sixth-straight district championship this winter with a thrilling 59-57 win over Doniphan (25-1) for the Class 4 District 1 title to bring the Donnettes perfect season to an end.

The Bulldogs then fell to Park Hills Central (27-5) by just five points at 44-39 on the Rebels home court. Park Hills ended up advancing to the Class 4 Final Four and fell to Lift for Life 75-57 in the state championship game.

Kate Rubel was named all-district for the first time with her twin sister Brie. This was Nevaeh’s second season earning all-district, making the team with 2023 all-state selection and graduate Tori Rubel last winter.

Lucious had quite the season of her own, averaging a team-high 12.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. Nevaeh broke Notre Dame’s single-season blocks record with 97.

As for Brie Rubel, she led the Bulldogs in three major categories as well, which were assists (4.4 per game), steals (3.2) and 3-pointers made (36). Like Kate, Brie also had a few 20-point outing this season as she finished with an average of 9.6 points per game along with 3.3 rebounds each contest.

Over this offseason, Kate and Brie Rubel will play basketball for renowned Nike Elite Youth Girls Basketball AAU program Missouri Phenom. Lucious will continue to play for Phee Elite like she did last season.

“We will get to play a lot of national tournaments this summer, and I’m excited to get to play against some of the best competition in the country,” Kate said.

Moving to Notre Dame’s boys team (13-16), it had Bulldogs juniors Kolton Johnson and Brett Dohogne earn Class 3 District 2 All-District, while Johnson was also named all-conference.

Johnson finished with the best shooting percentage among each player in the SEMO Conference at 85%. Along with that, Kolton produced 16.7 points and hit a team-high 91 3-pointers, finishing nearly 40 percent (39.6%) from beyond the arc.

Dohogne paced Johnson at 14 points per game and came down with 5.5 rebounds each contest.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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