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Prolific scorers headline girls team
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Putting the ball in the basket is the purpose of basketball and the five members of the Southern Standard All-County girls team were able to score better than anybody else.
Dibrell guard Brianna Young, Irving College forward Caylie Sherrell, Eastside guard MaKenna Mason, Warren County Middle School forward Shonacye Rutledge and Morrison center Tyra Wright make up the Southern Standard All-County first team.
When it came to scoring, Young was on another level during the 5-6 grade girls elementary season. Young scored a whopping 192 points in 12 games, giving her a league-best average of 16 points per game.
Young was the driving force behind Dibrell finishing the season at 10-2 and clinching the second-place spot. Young finished with 10 double-digit scoring games, including an elementary-league best 28 points in a 39-31 victory over Warren County Middle School Nov. 1.
Sherrell shouldered most of the scoring load this season for the 4-8 Irving College Lady Tigers. Sherrell played point forward for the Lady Tigers as she was asked to be the team’s primary ball handler on one end and patrol the paint on the other.
Sherrell’s best outing was a 21-point performance, including scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter, in a 27-26 comeback win over Centertown Oct. 23.
Mason has a been a staple atop the scoring list in the past two years for the Lady Bulldogs. Armed with a deadly 3-point shot at the top of the key, Mason had to be accounted for at all times when handling the ball for Eastside.
Mason helped end a losing streak to start the season when she scored a season-high 20 points Oct. 11 when the Lady Bulldogs beat the Boyd Lady Broncos.
While Rutledge ranked as the No. 3 scorer in the girls elementary league, tying with Mason, her best feature was her pressure defense for the Lady Pioneers.
Rutledge headlined a defense which allowed the least amount of points this season and was a big reason why the Lady Pioneers were champions in the girls elementary league. When Rutledge wanted to exert her will on offense, the forward had big nights like her 14-point performance against Dibrell on opening night Oct. 1.
Wright was a towering figure for the Morrison Lady Eagles and the most dominant pivot player in the elementary league.
Wright stood head and shoulders over her competition, something she used to her advantage on a nightly basis.
Morrison spent many nights just tossing the ball over opposing defenses to Wright, who could leap up and snatch the ball in a crowd. Wright’s size advantage was evident on the season’s final night when she scored 15 points to help the Eagles clinch the No. 3 seed in this week’s tournament with a 32-27 win over Boyd.
Making the Southern Standard All-County second team were Boyd guard Saylor Hodges, Centertown forward Raeleigh Moore, Morrison forward Addyson Crouch, WCMS guard Megan Patch and Dibrell guard Grace Rains.