Throwback Thursday: Sacred Hoops, West River girls 17-U coach inducted into SDHSB Hall of FAME

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The Class of 2019, from left, front, Alan Nissen, Lindsay Thomas, Megan Mahoney, Henry Park Jr., Scott Beckstrand, Brittany (Knife) Brewer representing the late Freddie Knife, Dave Fischer. Back, Jodi (Pipes) Altenburg, Shannon (Schlagel) Huber, Doug Peterson, Mike Begeman, Kent Furois representing the late Rolland Furois, Cregg Skarin, Joe Walseth representing the late Russell “Sox” Walseth. Also inducted was the late LeRoy Engebritson. (John Simko photo)

By Rich Winter

A big-time award for our Sacred Hoops, West-River 17-U girls coach Megan Mahoney who was inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall-of-Fame on March 23 during ceremonies in Sioux Falls.


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Mahoney attended Sturgis Brown High School in Sturgis, South Dakota.[1] As a senior, she was named Gatorade and USA Today South Dakota Player of the Year, High School Girls Athlete of the Year by the South Dakota Sports Writers Association, and Miss Basketball South Dakota. Mahoney also excelled academically, earning membership in the National Honor Society.[2]

Mahoney attended Kansas State University and was a 2003 All Big-12 First Team selection. During her career, she set the all-time school record for assists (589), and she ranks second all-time in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.62).

One of the reasons Mahoney wasn’t inducted earlier is she was always BUSY playing professional basketball in March in the WNBA or overseas in Europe.

In the 2005 WNBA Draft, Mahoney was selected in the third round (34th overall) by the Connecticut Sun.[4] A torn Achilles during the Big 12 championship game her senior season prevented her to play with the Sun during the 2005 season.[5][6]

Mahoney signed with Haukar of the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild kvenna in january 2006, replacing KeKe Tardy.[7] In 9 regular season games she averaged 27,9 points and 13,1 rebounds per game[8], helping the team achieve the best record in the league.[9] In the playoffs, Mahoney averaged 28,3 points and 14,3 rebounds [10]. In the finals she broke Penny Peppas scoring record by averaging 32,0 points and helped Haukar to a three game sweep of Keflavík.[11] For her effort she was named the Úrvalsdeild Playoffs MVP[12] and the Úrvalsdeild Foreign Player of the Year.[13]

In February 2006, she signed a three year contract with the Connecticut Sun.[5] During her first season (2006), Mahoney appeared in 31 games, starting once, and averaged 11.7 minutes per game.

On March 6, 2008, the Connecticut Sun traded Mahoney to the Houston Comets in exchange for Barbara Turner.[14] On April 29, 2008, Mahoney was waived by the Comets.[15]

In 2006 and in 2007 Megan played in Italy with Parma and next year she started to play with Cras Basket Taranto and she won Italian title in 2008/2009 2009/2010 (mvp of the finals) 2011/2012

In 2010/2011 during the Eurolegue Women Mahoney was called in the "rest of World" team against the Representative of Europe. She did 8 points in 5 minutes.

Between 2014 and 2016, Mahoney played in France for ESB Villeneuve-d'Ascq. She won the EuroCup Women 2015 and was runner-up the following season, and also came second in the 2014-15 Ligue Féminine de Basketball.[16]

Mahoney signed with San Martino di Lupari of the Italian Serie A1. In January 15, 2017, she tore her anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee and missed the rest of the season.[17] In May, 2017, Mahoney re-signed with San Martion for the 2017-2018 season.[18][19][20][21]

Earlier this calendar year, Mahoney agreed to join the Sacred Hoops Coaching Staff. These young ladies will have the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the history of South Dakota.

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