Following a season in which they went 19-12 and won their 11th straight 12th District Championship, the Lady Cougar basketball team handed out year-end awards at its banquet, held last Sunday at the Centre on Main.
Head coach Daniel Pharris handed out the varsity awards, prefacing things by pointing out the outstanding team grade-point average of 3.54. The lowest GPA of any of the players on the team was 3.3.
The only seniors on the team, Sarah Pierce and Breana Minton, received the Senior Awards. Minton, who is affectionately known by the team as “Melvin,” received the award for the highest GPA on the team, 3.87.
Pharris has his team vote each year for the award of Best Teammate. He said he felt it said a lot about his team that six different players received votes in this category, but Minton was selected for the award.
Pierce took home the 3-point Field Goal Percentage award. Her 41 % average placed her among the top 20 players in the state. She made 73 threes during the season, which was the second highest of any Lady Cougar in the history of the program.
Pierce also was awarded for the top Free-Throw Percentage. She hit 89 % for the year, which would have put her in the top four or five players in the state, but she did not have enough tries to qualify.
Junior Grace White, who was not present at the banquet as she was playing in an AAU tournament in Indianapolis, took home awards in several categories… Points (539), assists (89), steals (71), and rebounds and also received the Defensive Award.
Junior Allie Horton received the award for the best Assist-to-Turnover Ratio, at nearly 2-1. Sophomore Hannah Saltsman had the best Field-Goal Percentage at 47.4 %.
Junior Shannon Smith took home the Sixth-Man Award, junior Kennedi Cave had the Highest Junior GPA, and sophomore Brandi Minton was tabbed as the Most Improved Player.
Assistant Darrell Meredith handed out the JV Awards to his players who finished the season with an 8-3 record.
Kennedi Cave was the team’s Top Rebounder and the Most Improved Player was eighth-grader, Kenzie Renfrow. Sophomore Mackenzie Edwards took home the Offensive Award, while Brandi Minton took the Defensive Award and the Highest GPA (3.6) Award.
Halee Johnston handed out awards to her freshman players. Renfrow took home the Offensive Award; eighth-grader Laura Vincent was both the Best Rebounder and the Most Improved; freshman Kaylee Masden was awarded as the Best Defensive Player and for the Highest GPA, 3.9.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.