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Dibrell duo headlines girls all-county team
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An 11-1 regular season which followed up a preseason 3-pt tournament championship helped two Dibrell Lady Wildcats headline the Southern Standard All-County team.
Guard Bailey Barrett and forward Rachel Johnson join Warren County Middle School Lady Pioneer Kaylee Chisam, Centertown Lady Warrior Allison Cripps and Eastside Lady Bulldog MaKenna Mason on the first team.
Barrett and Johnson were a great tag-team duo for coach Betsy McBride this season. Johnson was the 3-pt club tournament MVP after leading the Lady Wildcats to a 24-12 victory over Eastside in the championship game.
Johnson led the league in scoring this season averaging 8.6 points per game. She didn’t hit her stride until midseason, but finished by scoring in double figures in three of Dibrell’s last four games.
Johnson had a season-high 14 points twice, with the second coming in the final night of the regular season when the Lady Wildcats defeated Warren County to earn a share of the regular-season elementary title.
Barrett was a do-it-all guard for the Lady Wildcats. Coach McBride could count on Barrett to bring the ball up the court, run the team’s offense and score when she was called upon.
Barrett’s season high in points was also 14 points, which she scored in the first night of the regular season against Morrison. Barrett led the Lady Wildcats in assists and was also one of the team’s top defenders and rebounders.
Chisam was a big reason why the Lady Pioneers also finished the regular season at 11-1 and held a share of the regular-season championship.
Chisam was a constant threat to score big, which she did to the tune of 8.4 points per game this season. Chisam had a career-high 15 points against Morrison on Nov. 7 and scored seven points on Oct. 10 when Warren County defeated Dibrell at home.
Coach Shawnda Ramsey thought it was a privilege to coach such a talented player.
“Kaylee is a go-getter. She strives to do her best in everything she does on and off the court,” said Ramsey. “She is like a magnet. Everything I ask or tell her to do sticks with her.”
Centertown may not have finished with a winning record, but it wasn’t because of the effort of Cripps for the Lady Warriors. Cripps was a one-girl team at times for Centertown.
The talent of Centertown’s sixth-grader were on display from the very start of the season. In the team’s first game against Warren County, Cripps scored 15 of the team’s 17 points to make it tie game midway through the fourth quarter. When Cripps fouled out, Warren County pulled away and won by six.
Mason made an immediate impact at Eastside despite being one of the team’s youngest players. Mason showed the ability to hit from long range like no other player as she led the league in made 3-pointers.
Mason guided Eastside to a 7-5 record and the No. 3 seed in the county tournament which began last night.
The Southern Standard All-County second team includes Morrison forward Tyra Wright, Boyd forward Brit Brown, Eastside forward Madison Parsley, Warren County guard Lexie Chadwell and Irving College guard Callie Cathcart.