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By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 5, 2014


Phillip Walker

Philip Walker. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Boys MVP
PHILIP WALKER
Decatur, Senior
The 9-3A MVP was a force on both sides of the floor for the Eagles during their undefeated run to a district title and trip to the region quarterfinal. He averaged 11 points and 3.5 rebounds. He hit the game-winning 12-footer in Decatur’s victory over Dallas Roosevelt.

Shelby Drews

Shelby Drews. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Girls MVP
SHELBY DREWS
Decatur, Junior
The versatile inside-outside forward led the Lady Eagles in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game, on the way to capturing the 9-3A title in a three-team tiebreaker. Drews added 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Along with her ability to score in the lane and hit outside shots, Drews took challenging defensive assignments on the way to being a 9-3A first-team selection.

Isaac Davis

Isaac Davis. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Boys Offensive Player of the Year
ISAAC DAVIS
Slidell, Senior
Opponents had little luck slowing down the Greyhound this season. The 21-A Offensive MVP and TABC all-state selection piled up 21.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 4.8 steals per game. He averaged 26.2 points in district play and poured in 36 points in an area-round win.

Trey Gordon

Trey Gordon. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Boys Sixth Player of the Year
TREY GORDON
Boyd, Junior
The Yellowjacket provided a spark off the bench, averaging 9.6 points and 2.8 rebounds. He hit 36 3-pointers.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Boys Defensive Player of the Year
PAUL WALKER
Decatur, Senior
The Decatur forward averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds while drawing the tough defensive assignments for the Eagles throughout the season and playoffs. He was named the 9-3A Offensive Player of the Year.

Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Boys Newcomer of the Year
TAYLOR JOHNSON
Northwest, Senior
In his first year with the Texans, Johnson proved to be a dynamic offensive force for the 23-win team. He led the Texans in scoring with 15.8 points per game and averaged 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals. He hit 50 3-pointers and shot 45 percent from the field.

Caitlin Pruett

Caitlin Pruett. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Girls Offensive Player of the Year
CAITLIN PRUETT
Slidell, Junior
Behind Pruett’s work inside, the Slidell Lady Greyhounds returned to the playoffs and picked up a bi-district title. The 21-A MVP and TABC Region III pick averaged 17.4 points and 11.4 rebounds.

Lauren Hart

Lauren Hart. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Girls Defensive Player of the Year
LAUREN HART
Alvord, Senior
The pesky Hart was a terror for opposing guards, whom she hounded all over the floor. With her quick hands and feet, she averaged 3.23 steals per game, earning 9-2A Defensive Player of the Year and TABC All-Region. The Alvord floor general also averaged 9.74 points, 4.26 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

Makenna Burt

Makenna Burt. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Girls Co-Offensive Player of the Year
MAKENNA BURT
Paradise, Senior
Despite facing double and triple teams every night, the Paradise center averaged a double-double of 14.8 points and 11.3 rebounds on the way to helping the Lady Panthers to their first playoff win in more than a decade. She earned 9-2A Offensive Player of the Year and TABC Region II selection.

Macen Stripling

Macen Stripling. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Girls Sixth Player of the Year
MACEN STRIPLING
Decatur, Junior
The 9-3A Newcomer of the Year became a huge force off the bench for the Lady Eagles on their way to winning the top seed out of the district. She averaged 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds. She tossed in 21 points and hit the game-winning shot against Gainesville in the 9-3A tiebreaker.

Alexus Bringham

Alexus Bringham. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Girls Newcomer of the Year
ALEXUS BRINGHAM
Northwest, Freshman
The first-year player started every game and averaged a team-best 10 points per game to go along with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals to help the Lady Texans stay in playoff contention until the final game. Bringham earned 4-5A Newcomer of the Year.

ALL-WISE BOYS

FIRST TEAM

AUSTIN GIVENS
Decatur, senior
The 3-point marksman led the Eagles in scoring with 13.5 points per night. He also grabbed 4.2 rebounds, earning 9-3A and TABC All-Region honors.

JOSH TATUM
Northwest, senior
The senior guard guided the Texans to the playoffs and 23 wins, dishing out 5.7 assists. He also averaged 11 points and 2.8 steals on the way to earning 4-5A honors.

MARSHALL ANDERLE
Chico, senior
Despite playing with a torn ACL, the Dragon averaged 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds to help Chico to the playoffs and earn a District 11-A selection.

COLTON PERKINS
Slidell, senior
The 21-A selection averaged 13.2 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Class A Region III quarterfinalists. He had 27 points and 13 boards in the Greyhounds’ bi-district win.

DERRICK STANFORD
Bridgeport, senior
The Bulls’ floor general scored 11.5 points and handed out 3.5 assists per game, leading Bridgeport to its first playoff appearance since 2004.

CAIN LOWE
Decatur, senior
The Eagle used his quickness to match up with bigger players inside. He averaged 10.5 points and 4.2 boards. His defense at the top of the Eagles’ 1-3-1 helped the team beat Dallas Roosevelt in the area round of the playoffs.

LANDRY NORWOOD
Paradise, junior
The Panther earned 9-2A honors in the stacked district for his ability to get to the basket. Norwood averaged 7 points and added 3 assists.

SECOND TEAM

STEPHEN HOWDESHELL
Bridgeport, senior
The undersized big man for the Bulls averaged 11 points and 9.1 rebounds while holding his own inside to help Bridgeport make the playoffs.

TAYLOR CLAYTON
Decatur, senior
The senior point guard played most of the season with a toe injury and averaged 7.1 points and dished out 3.8 assists for the Eagles on their way to the third round of the playoffs.

ALEX SAMPLES
Bridgeport, senior
The shooting guard chipped in 11 points and 4.2 boards for the Bulls. He hit big shoots down the stretch for the Bulls to land them a playoff spot and him a 9-3A selection.

CHRIS GILMORE
Chico, junior
The 5-5 guard lit up opponents in 11-A with his outside shooting. He averaged 13.8 points to earn an all-district selection.

TRACE MORAN
Boyd, sophomore
The Yellowjacket point guard led the team in scoring, averaging 9.1 points to go along with 2.4 assists and 2 steals. He earned a 9-2A second-team selection.

JOE RANDALL
Alvord, junior
The junior led the Bulldogs in scoring and earned a 9-2A second-team selection.

CASH PREATHER
Paradise, junior
The Panther battled inside and earned a 9-2A second-team spot. He averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds.

HONORABLE MENTION

Boyd: Chris Carmona, Fino Cardona, Cody Jacobs
Decatur: Harry Boatman, Holt Garner
Northwest: Elijah Christman
Paradise: Jarret Holt
Slidell: Tyler Maynard

ALL-WISE GIRLS

FIRST TEAM

MARISSA SCHEDCIK
Alvord, senior
The four-year player for Alvord averaged 12.65 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs, earning a 9-2A first-team selection, TABC All-Region and TGCA All-State.

MURPHY GRAHAM
Decatur, senior
The Lady Eagles’ sharpshooter scored 12.7 points per game and grabbed 5.9 boards. She shot better than 30 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, earning her first-team 9-3A, TGCA all-state and TABC all-region honors.

MAKALA NEIGHBORS
Paradise, senior
The four-year starter averaged 11.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals for the Lady Panthers on their way to the second round of the playoffs. Neighbors earned first-team 9-2A.

HALEY DENNARD
Decatur, senior
The tireless point guard earned a share of the 9-3A Defensive Player of the Year with her work on the defensive end against the opponent’s best perimeter player. She made 2.1 steals per game and chipped in 3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

AMBER MONTGOMERY
Boyd, senior
The Lady Yellowjacket guard led the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game and added 4.3 steals to earn a 9-2A all-district selection.

KATIE CLABORN
Alvord, junior
The Alvord shooting guard was a nightmare for opponents with her ability to knock down big shots on the perimeter. She shot 37 percent from the 3-point range, averaging 12.9 points. She earned a 9-2A pick along with making the Whataburger All-Tournament team.

BAILEY PORTER
Northwest, senior
The Lady Texan post averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds inside. She earned a 4-5A selection for helping her team stay in the hunt for the playoffs until the final game.

SECOND TEAM

COURTNEY KERR
Paradise, junior
The Lady Panther guard tossed in 8.3 points and grabbed 5.2 rebounds. She provided solid defense on the perimeter and averaged 3.8 steals to earn a 9-2A selection.

ABBY HARRELL
Boyd, junior
The Lady Yellowjackets’ outside threat hit 57 3-pointers, averaging 11.1 points per game to earn a second-team 9-2A selection.

BRIANNA BARNHILL
Northwest, senior
The three-sport athlete held her own under the basket for the Lady Texans, chipping in 8 points and 6 rebounds to land a 4-5A second-team spot.

KYLIE FRANKLIN
Slidell, sophomore
The 21-A selection was a threat to score from anywhere on the floor and regularly drew the team’s toughest defensive assignment. She averaged 10 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2 steals.

LEAH GUINN
Bridgeport, senior
The guard led the Sissies in scoring with 8 points per game and added 3 assists and 2 steals to earn a 9-3A selection.

LANDRIE WALSH
Bridgeport, junior
The Bridgeport junior tossed in 8 points and grabbed 6 boards per outing to land a 9-3A spot.

KATIE ISHAM
Decatur, senior
The Decatur post blocked 1.3 shots per game and altered many more with her 6-1 frame and long wingspan. She also tossed in 8.4 points and grabbed 3.6 rebounds for the Lady Eagles, earning a 9-3A selection.

HONORABLE MENTION

Alvord: Brianna Ponder
Boyd: Kenzie Elkins
Decatur: Makayla Mayfield, Traci Hale
Chico: Alli York, Corey Tate
Paradise: Kaylee McConnell, Jett Preather
Slidell: Kayler Talamantes

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