WILLIAMSON – The Williamson Daily News would like to announce the 2015-2016 girls’ All-Area basketball team.
The weather is warm and the basketball season has turned into a memory. The reason the memory is lasting is because of these players. Players were selected from Belfry, Mingo Central, Tug Valley, Sheldon Clark, Phelps, and Ambassador Christian Academy (ACA).
The players selected for the first team, second team, and honorable mention have all been selected because of their performance during this previous season and not because of their over-all career performance. The results were determined by William Plaster, sports editor with input from area coaches and area sports journalists.
The Belfry Lady Pirates finished the season with the best record in the area which was 12-14. The Lady Pirates were young this season but most of the others schools boasted young rosters as well.
The young rising stars in the area are noticed because of their talent and work ethic. Stand outs from the season include point guard Olliena (Lena) Hairston from Belfry, guard Kailee Rash from Belfry, guard Hope Lafferty from Sheldon Clark, forward Hannah Church from Mingo Central, and point guard Daniel Prater from the Phelps Lady Hornets.
Hairston is a sophomore and Rash is freshman, the two combined for over 500 points this season with Hairston leading the way with close to 300 points. Hairston plays with a lot of maturity for her young age, she has a great vision of the court and works the dribble-drive offense well. Hairston led the team in free throws this season with 84, she created a lot of offense for the Lady Pirates driving the lane. Rash led the team in 3-pointers this season with 39, her and teammate Lyndsey Miller were neck and neck on 3-pointer but were a dynamite duo from the wings. Rash would get on fire during games and knock down multiple 3-pointers on back to back trips down the floor, she is a great athlete for such a young age.
Speaking of young talent Prater broke her schools game scoring record at the first of the season in a game against Hurley, Va. with 48 points. Prater is still young and has years to grow but her natural feel for the game is undeniable. Prater led the Lady Hornets in scoring with 344 points this season, she scored 125 of those points from the free throw line. Prater is definitely a player to keep tabs on in the future.
Lafferty seemed like the lone player for the Lady Cardinals, she scored 701 points this season and made 84 3-pointers. Lafferty just finished up her junior season and will return for one more go around on the hardwood. The Lady Cardinals play a rough schedule in the Class-AAA field but Lafferty shined through.
Church led the way for the Lady Miners in what most refer to as a “rebuilding season.” Interim coach Jack Stewart said, “Hannah helped out in more ways than anyone would ever know, she was the leading scorer but teams knew that about her and that drew a lot of attention to her. She drew so much defensive attention to her we were really able to help develop the other, younger players skills while all eyes were on her. She is a great athlete.” Church was a senior and will be leaving after graduation.
Members of the 2015-2016 Williamson Daily News girls’ All-Area Team.
Olliena Hairston – Belfry, Kailee Rash – Belfry, Hope Lafferty – Sheldon Clark, Hannah Church – Mingo Central, Daniel Prater – Phelps.
Emily Colegrove – Tug Valley, Kylea Stanley – Belfry, Lyndsey Miller – Belfry, Mikazia Rhodes – Mingo Central, Savannah Hinton –ACA, Rebekah White – Tug Valley, Laken Newsome – Sheldon Clark.
Shylah Goff – Mingo Central, Robbi-Ann Brewer – Belfry, Jenna Muncy –Mingo Central, Kyria Messer – Tug Valley, Tommi Mounts – ACA, Jenna Wagner –ACA, Emily Deaton – Belfry, Mckenzie Maynard – Belfry, Mackinsey Spencer – Mingo Central, Madison Ooten – Tug Valley, Taylor Maynard – Belfry, Alyssa Pack – Mingo Central, Molli Ferguson – Mingo Central, Hannah Dempsey – ACA, Olivia Davis – ACA.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)