Pleasant Valley's Rory Donahue and Davenport North's Jacionna Stowers battle for a rebound earlier this season. Stowers will be one of 12 girls from the MAC competing in Monday night's Senior All-Star game at Augustana College. 

When Jennifer Goetz was asked to coach in last year's Iowa versus Illinois Senior All-Star basketball game, she expected one of her players to participate in the event.

Lana Lindstrom, however, was injured in Pleasant Valley's regional final and could not compete. 

Goetz is coaching the Iowa squad again this season. Once again, PV won't have anybody on the court Monday night at Augustana College's Carver PE Center because it didn't have a senior on its team this winter.

"Hopefully, Ray (Swetalla, event coordinator) will ask me to coach again next year and then we'll have a few of our kids in the game," Goetz said. 

Still, Goetz will coach a group that includes three first team all-state selections in Davenport North's Jinaya Houston (Iowa signee), North Scott's Karli Rucker (Northern Iowa signee) and Assumption's Jasmine Harris (Sioux Falls commit).

Jacionna Stowers, who scored more than 1,600 career points at North, also is on the 12-player Iowa squad. 

For the past four years, Goetz has tried to scheme against Houston and Stowers. North has won the last four meetings against Goetz's team, but two were decided by a point and another one in overtime. 

Now they'll share the same bench and attempt to deliver back-to-back wins for Iowa.

"It is going to be great," Goetz said. "I'm excited. An all-star game is not too much about coaching. It is trying to put them in situations to be successful.

"We have a lot of good seniors this year. It is a fun environment. You compete for four years within the MAC and now you can be teammates. We'll just preach play hard and have fun."

The girls game tips at 6 p.m. with the boys contest to follow around 7:30 p.m. There will be 3-point and slam dunk contests held at halftime of the two games. 

Half of the players on the Iowa girls squad are four-year varsity letter-winners. 

"You have the best seniors in our conference," Harris said. "We're all going to be on a mission, and that's to win the game. 

"We might come from different schools, but we're going to try and make each other better."

Among the boys game participants are all-staters Ray Miller of Davenport Central and Bailey Basala of North Scott along with Quad-City Times All-Metro co-captain Tray Buchanan of United Township. 

Bettendorf's Curtis Clark will coach the Iowa team. Clark has four of his own players on the roster in Dylan Clearman, Cole Grothusen, Suni Lane and JMichael Young.

Rockridge all-staters Gentry Whiteman and Carson Frakes also are on the Illinois team along with Kewanee standout Juan Contreras, Jr. 


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