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Meinel, Hinkle, Yoder reap CACC honors


Three area women’s basketball standouts are habitually earning conference hardware. Monday marked the fourth straight week that the Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honored a Central Bucks or Pennridge cager.

Holy Family sophomore Taylor Hinkle won the Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. She snagged 15 defensive rebounds and recorded six steals as Holy Family went 2-0. Holy Family has the seventh best scoring defense in Division II. It was Hinkle’s third time winning the award.

The honors started on Nov. 13, when the CACC named Thomas Jefferson’s Haley Meinel (CB South) Player of the Week. Meinel scored a combined 44 points in wins over Queens and Malloy.

The next week, fellow Titan Hinkle won Defensive Player of the Week while Goldey-Beacom’s Katie Yoder (Pennridge) claimed Conference Rookie of the Week. Hinkle had five steals and 17 rebounds in wins over St. Thomas Aquinas and Shippensburg. Yoder poured in 25 in a win over IUP.

On Nov. 27, it was Meinel’s turn to win Co-Defensive Player of the Week as well as take home Conference Player of the Week for the 13th time. Meinel scored 34 points in wins over East Stroudsburg and top 10 ranked West Chester; she added four blocks, four steals and five assists in the West Chester upset as Thomas Jefferson entered the national top 10.

The same day, Yoder repeated as Freshman of the Week. Yoder averaged 14.5 points and 3.5 rebounds over two games, highlighted by 18 against Shippensburg. She ranks ninth in the CACC in scoring.