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Great guards lead way for boys squad
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If there was a common dominator between the most successful teams in the 5-6 grade boys elementary league, it was the play of point guards.
Every elementary team was blessed with great guards and the Southern Standard All-County squad features four of the best.
Morrison point guard Ethan Smith, Eastside shooting guard Dillon Young, Centertown slasher Damian Thomas and Boyd floor general Heath Kuykendall each made the all-county first team, where they were joined by Warren County Middle School’s fantastic forward Crockett Walker.
Smith was the Eagles’ leader this season and a big reason why Morrison earned a share of the regular season elementary championship.
The lefty point guard was equally adept at scoring or passing as he led the Eagles in points and assists. Smith played his best in the big games as his 18-point performance Oct. 8 gave Morrison a big 33-28 road win over Warren County.
Young was the top 3-point shooter in the elementary league as he bombed away from the outside for Eastside.
Plenty of Young’s points came from 3-point range as he connected from long distance 13 times this season. Young’s breakout game was when he hit four 3-pointers in a 19-point performance against Boyd Oct. 11.
The play of Thomas was a big reason why the Centertown Warriors finished the season in third place this season with a 7-5 record.
Thomas was a slasher at shooting guard for the Warriors, often using his height to finish over posts around the rim. Thomas scored in double figures three times, including a season-high 11 points in a 30-29 win over Eastside Nov. 8 that clinched the No. 3 seed.
While the Boyd Broncos finished the season 2-10 and in sixth place, Kuykendall’s ability to score was second to none. Kuykendall was the league’s leading scorer, posting an average of 13.3 points per game.
Kuykendall had his best games in the Broncos’ two wins. Kuykendall scored a season-high 21 points in their Oct. 1 matchup with Irving College and added 18 in the Nov. 1 rematch.
Walker had few peers in the post this year in the boys elementary league. Blessed with the size and athleticism few other players could match, Walker was a terror around the rim for the Pioneers.
Warren County looked for its leader in the paint all season and he responded by averaging 11.5 points while also leading the team in rebounds and blocks. Walker’s best games were two 16-point performances against the Broncos.
The Southern Standard All-County second team features Irving College guard Jalen Smith, Dibrell forward Lane Jones, WCMS guard Sloan Seymour, Eastside guard Axel Rodriguez and Morrison forward Raven Lewandowski.