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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Denton Record-Chronicle

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

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All-Area Basketball Team 2012-13


BOYS
G, Argyle, Sr.

Denton Record-Chronicle

FIRST TEAM
Miles Crawford
G, Guyer, Jr.
Notable: Crawford began to realize his budding potential, leading the Wildcats with 12.4 points per game and 3.7 assists per game. He played both guard spots effectively and emerged as a team leader early in the season while leading the team with 56 made 3-pointers, shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER


Clay Morgan
Notable: As the backbone of the Lions, Morgan exemplified what a dual-threat post player is capable of on some of the biggest stages. Morgan opened the playoffs with a 32-point performance against Sunnyvale and was the go-to offensive option for defensiveminded Ponder coach Jude Stanley in the teams run to the Class 2A Region II tournament. Averaging 19 points per game with an efficient field goal percentage of 58 and shooting 79 percent from the free-throw line, Morgans defensive prowess and impact on the opposing teams offensive game plan cant be quantified. Selected to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 2A all-state team, Morgan led the Lions with 6.1 rebounds per game.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER


Rachel Wallace
Notable: When the Krum Lady Cats needed a timely bucket during their lengthy postseason run, they turned to their starting point guard. And most of the time, Wallace delivered. She averaged 16.5 points per contest and shot 49 percent from the field for Krum in its run to the Class 3A state semifinals. Wallace also pulled down 4.7 rebounds a game and dished out 2.8 assists. Wallace rightfully earned District 9-3A co-MVP honors and had there been an MVP named at the Region II tournament, she had a case to earn that as well. The Southeastern Oklahoma State signee dropped 22 points against Texarkana LibertyEylau and came up with 12 key points in a thrilling comefrom-behind victory over Pittsburg.

GIRLS

FIRST TEAM
Notable: In her only year for the Lady Warriors, Christian played a huge role in Liberty Christians success. She was a force inside for head coach Ken Burroughs, leading the team in rebounds with 8.5 per game and was second on the team in scoring, pouring in 13.4 points per game as Liberty went to the state tournament.

Zach Dickerson
Notable: After key players from the 2012 Class 3A state title team graduated, Dickerson helped carry Argyles offense en route to a District 10-3A championship. The point guard averaged a team-high 14.6 points per game and 3.6 assists per contest. Dickerson was named the District 10-3A MVP.

C, Ponder, Jr.

G, Krum, Sr.

C, Liberty Christian, Sr.

RayVon Christian

Allea Harris
Notable: For the 28-7 Argyle squad, the wellrounded Harris showed plenty of poise as the teams second leading scorer with 12.3 points per game and top assist producer with 3.2 per game. She sported an efficient field goal percentage of 45 percent while pulling down 6.2 rebounds per game.

G, Argyle, Sr.

Justin Griffin
Notable: Guyers lone senior starter, Griffin was a natural fit as a key leader on the young and emerging team this past season. Griffin led the Wildcats with 1.8 blocks per game to go with his five rebounds and was second on the team, among players who played the entire season, with 9.1 points per game.

F, Guyer, Sr.

Michael Jackson
Notable: In the Broncos first playoff run since 2010, Jackson led the team with 17.5 points per game in the postseason while also scoring 11.9 points per game during the season. Jacksons thunderous dunks and tenacious defense powered the Broncos up-tempo transition game.

Teana Ogden
Notable: Ogden, an Oral Roberts signee, dropped off a bit in her senior year but still kept Ryan afloat in District 5-5A this season. The senior point guard only played 22 games but averaged 12 points per contest and 4.5 assists for the Lady Raiders, the only player to average a double-digit scoring total.

G, Denton, Sr.

G, Ryan, Sr.

Julia Schmaltz
Notable: Throughout the playoffs, Schmaltz kept the Lady Cats in games with her scoring near the basket. The senior forward averaged 13.8 points per game and only sat on the bench for an average of four minutes per contest all season. Schmaltz was deservingly named the District 9-3A coMVP.

F, Krum, Sr.

Manny Patterson
G, Denton, Sr.
Notable: Leading the Broncos in rebounds with eight per game, Patterson possessed versatility on both the offensive and defensive ends. In Dentons free-flowing offense, the high-flying Patterson shot 50 percent from the field, averaged 9.4 points per game with a terrific mid-range game.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR


G, Liberty Christian, Sr.
Notable: On a team full of potent scorers, Hill was the catalyst for the Warriors on their way to the TAPPS Class 5A state semifinals. Hill averaged 19 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals per contest for Liberty, helping him easily earn a first-team all-state selection. One of his best performances during the season came in a home contest against Fort Worth Nolan Catholic. Hill scored 17 of the teams 24 fourth-quarter points and finished with a game-high of 32 to help Liberty defeat Nolan Catholic by six points. Hills ability to run the offense, as well as penetrate the defense and create his own shot made him one of Libertys main offensive threats throughout the season. After the Warriors defeated Nolan, Liberty head coach Frank Kornet said of Hill, He thrives in the moment. He looks forward to that, and thats what great players do.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Delaney Sain
F, Argyle, So.
Notable: Sain was a huge reason why Argyle was ranked a top-10 team in Class 3A for much of the season. The Argyle post posed problems for opposing teams in the middle of the paint. She had a team-high 13.6 points per game on 61.8 percent shooting and retrieved 6.5 rebounds per contest. Sain forced teams into a zone defense to prevent her from effortlessly getting the ball and scoring a few feet from the basket. Sain will continue to be an integral player for the Lady Eagles for the next couple of seasons. In one of the states most competitive districts, the sophomore earned first-team all-district honors. Sain came up big at the prestigious Whataburger Tournament, where she picked up tournament MVP honors. She notched 16 points against then-defending 3A champion Abilene Wylie in the championship game.

Madison Stout
F, Ponder, Sr.
Notable: Selected to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 2A state and region teams, Stout averaged 14.2 points per game for the Lady Lions along with 1.5 assists per game. She also policed the glass for Ponder, pulling down 6.3 rebounds per game to help pace the Lady Lions.

Wes Hill

SECOND TEAM
Ryan Daniels
Notable: The speedy guard was the conductor of both Dentons transition game and half-court game, leading all area players with 7.2 assists per game. Daniels also averaged 8.2 points per game, was the teams most consistent three-point shooter at 43 percent and racked up 3.2 steals a game with his quick hands.

SECOND TEAM
Megan Dando
Notable: Dando made the transition to the court for new head coach Jonathan Lee slightly easier. Dando, a multi-sport athlete, averaged 12.5 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game to lead the Lady Falcons last season. Dando earned a District 5-4A first-team nod, one of two Lake Dallas players to earn the honor.

G, Denton, Sr.

Notable: There was not much Freet couldnt do for the Warriors in helping lead them to the state semifinal. The senior guard/forward hybrid was a matchup nightmare for opposing defenders at 6-5 with inside strength and outside ability. He averaged 12 points per game to go with nine rebounds.

G/F, Liberty Christian, Sr.

Austin Freet

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR


F/G, Liberty Christian, Sr.
Notable: Liberty Christian head coach Frank Kornet made his first state tournament as the Warriors head coach, and a lot of his success could be attributed to the play of his son in the middle. Luke Kornet, a 6-10 forward with the offensive range of a shooting guard, was one of the teams leading scorers but he was also a defensive pest. Kornet finished his season with seven rebounds and three blocks per game to go with his 15 points, including a 44-percent shooting clip from beyond the threepoint arc. When he wasnt blocking shots, Kornet was altering them. Kornet finished the year on the TAPPS first-team all-state team and was a first-team selection on the TAPPS 1-5A team.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Quamese Moss
G, Guyer, Jr.
Notable: The Lady Wildcats success this past season was undoubtedly tied to their junior point guard. Moss not only led the team in scoring with 11.9 points per game the only Guyer player to average in double-figures but she was a standout defender. Moss played a big factor in Guyer allowing just 34.8 points per game, which was good for the top spot among Class 4A schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in team defense. Moss gave opponents fits with her speed and quick hands, averaging 4.4 steals per game as well as 3.3 rebounds. She was named 5-4As Offensive Player of the Year, and will be a key cog for head coach Harold Colson and his program heading into the 2013-2014 season.

F, Lake Dallas, Sr.

Luke Kornet

Notable: A freshman point guard could easily be a recipe for disaster for a basketball team, but Goodson wasnt ordinary. As one of four starting freshmen for the Lady Warriors, Goodson averaged 12 points and nearly three assists per game for Liberty Christian, which made it to the TAPPS 5A state final.

G, Liberty Christian, Fr.

Sydney Goodson

Gilbert Jackson
Notable: Jackson was perhaps the lone key player for Ryan coming of its 2010 Class 4A state tournament run. Jackson was the lone bright spot for a Raiders squad that struggled in the move up to 5A. The senior guard averaged 11.8 points per game and shot 54 percent from the field for the Raiders.

G, Ryan, Sr.

Spencer McCloud
Notable: McCloud was one of two players to score in double-digits for the Eagles. The senior forward scored 13.5 points per game and hit 41 percent of his 3-pointers, a high number for a highvolume shooter. McCloud also had a knack of driving down the baseline and dunking the ball.

Danielle Richardson
Notable: Richardson provided a strong post presence for the Ryan Lady Raiders in her senior season. She finished the year averaging 7.7 points per game while pulling down 6.7 rebounds a night in a highly competitive District 5-5A. Richardson was named to the 5-5A second team.

F, Argyle, Sr.

F, Ryan, Sr.

Jesse Sheridan
Notable: Sheridan helped shoulder some of the defensive responsibilities for Argyle as well as provide offense. Sheridan showed a willingness to get inside into the lane and convert along with a steady outside jumper on the way to 9.1 points a game while adding 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

G, Argyle, So.

COACH OF THE YEAR


Grant Long
Notable: In his first year as the Wildcats head coach after years as an assistant at Guyer, Long helped take the program to new heights, claiming the first district championship and first playoff win in program history. Led by a wellrounded group of scorers, the Wildcats overcame several injuries to key players to go through District 5-4A with just one loss, to Trophy Club Nelson, which Guyer split two games with before the Bobcats went all the way to the regional tournament.

COACH OF THE YEAR


Lana Degelia
Notable: Degelia led a senior-laden Krum Lady Cats team to a place it previously only visited once in school history. Behind the 10th-year head coach, Krum advanced to the state tournament for the first time in 31 years. Degelia made the transition from Class 2A to 3A a smooth one for Krum. She coached Krum to an undefeated run in District 9-3A and kept the Lady Cats among the top-5 in the state basketball poll throughout the season before reaching the state semfinals.

Guyer

Krum

F, Sanger, Jr. Notable: Roelofs had a strong first year for the Indians. He scored a teamhigh 10.8 points per game and pulled down 5.5 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field. Roelofs was named the District 10-3A Newcomer of the Year, one of two Sanger players to earn a superlative honor.

Tyler Roelofs

Bre Wickware
F, Guyer, Fr.
Notable: Guyer coach Harold Colson has to be pleased to know hell have Wickware for three more seasons. As a freshman post, Wickware was one of Guyers top players, averaging 6.7 points per game to go with a team-high 7.5 rebounds and just shy of a block per game with 1.5 steals per game.

THIRD TEAM
Name, School Sean Choate, Guyer Kade Copp, Ponder Josh Jackson, Lake Dallas Mason Richey, Pilot Point Brylen Williams, Aubrey Pos. G G G F F Yr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Notable Sharp-shooting guard averaged 7.9 points per game, shot 45 percent on three-point attempts Copp was the glue for the Ponder boys at point guard, averaging 7 points and 4.3 assists per game Led the Falcons with 10.8 points per game and shot 45 percent from the field The big man averaged 9.7 points and 7.1 rebounds to go with 1.4 steals per game Despite missing nine games, he averaged a double-double with 12.1 points and 10.2 boards

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR


Javion Williams
G, Aubrey, Fr.
Notable: No matter the classification in basketball, its pretty rare to see a player earn a starting varsity spot as a freshman. Thats what Williams did for the Chaparrals this season, skipping the freshman and JV teams to bolster the Chaps top team. Williams finished the season averaging a team-high 14.3 points a game, earning the freshman District 10-3A first-team honors. Williams ability to get hot from the perimeter and knock down 3-pointers proved to be tough for opposing teams to stop. The night his father died, Williams matched his fathers age and dropped 35 points against Celina.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR


G/F, Liberty Christian, Fr.
Notable: Rebekah Hand and her twin sister, Hannah, followed in their older sisters footsteps this season as freshman starters for the Lady Warriors. Their older sister, Whitney, starred at Liberty Christian before going on to Oklahoma before ending her career with injury troubles. Hannah Hand missed much of this season with injury, but Rebekah Hand might have been the best of the bunch at Liberty, leading the Lady Warriors with 15.7 points per game to go with 6.4 rebounds and shot 44 percent from the field. She played a large part in Liberty Christian reaching the TAPPS 5A final while starting four freshmen.

Rebekah Hand

THIRD TEAM
Name, School Natalie Castillo, Sanger Bre Clay-Baker, Guyer Carissa Spiker, Sanger Kendyle Wright, Aubrey Mariah Young, Ryan Pos. G F G C G Yr. Sr. Sr. Fr. So. Sr. Notable Averaged 10 points per game to go with 3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per contest The injury-plagued senior finished her career with 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game Led Sanger in scoring with 10.4 points per game with 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists The young post was a bright spot for Aubrey, averaging 10 points and 6 rebounds per game Young averaged 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Lady Raiders

Photos by Al Key and David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle

The team is selected by the Denton Record-Chronicle sports staff in consultation with area high school coaches.

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