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2019 All Wise Basketball Team

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, April 6, 2019
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Slayton Pruett

MVP
Slayton Pruett
Slidell, junior
Pruett led Slidell to its first state championship in 75 years, posting a 10-point, 21-rebound double-double in the Class A final. The 6-6 post and TABC Class A all-state pick averaged a double-double for the year, tallying 12.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game to help the Greyhounds win their third consecutive district title.

Wilson Hicks

OFFENSIVE MVP
Wilson Hicks
Decatur, senior
The Eagles’ leading scorer averaged 14 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists, helping Decatur reach the state tournament for the first time. The MVP of 8-4A and the 4A Region I tournament, propelled Decatur to a 37-4 record.

Ethan Southard

DEFENSIVE MVP
Ethan Southard
Decatur, senior
The 6-7 big man and 8-4A Defensive MVP averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Southard’s presence inside helped Decatur claim its first region championship and make a trip the state tournament.

Carson Tibbels

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Carson Tibbels
Decatur, junior
Tibbels gave the Eagles quality minutes off the bench, averaging 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in earning 8-4A Sixth Man of the Year.

Brock Harwell

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Brock Harwell
Slidell, sophomore
The Greyhounds’ sharpshooter averaged 11.2 points, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc through district play. The 5-11 guard also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists, earning 22-A Offensive MVP.

Bailey Meyer

MVP
Bailey Meyer
Slidell, senior
The Lady Hounds’ floor general shot 53.4 percent and averaged 11 points, leading Slidell to the Class A Region III final. Meyer dished out 3.9 assists and pulled down 4.5 rebounds per game, posting a staggering plus-81 assist to turnover ratio. The 5-9 guard was named to the TABC Class A all-state team.

Ashley Ingram

OFFENSIVE MVP
Ashley Ingram
Bridgeport, sophomore
Ingram did it all for the Sissies, helping Bridgeport secure its first regional tournament berth in 10 years. The 6-1 forward and TGCA 4A all-state selection led the team in scoring, averaging 16 points, to go along with nine rebounds.

Cate Zuniga

DEFENSIVE MVP
Cate Zuniga
Slidell, senior
A two-time District 22-A Defensive Player of the Year, Zuniga averaged 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. She shot 48.3 percent from the field to make the TABC Class A Region III team.

Katie Hale

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Katie Hale
Decatur, sophomore
The 5-11 guard was a force off the Lady Eagles’ bench, averaging 9.1 points. Hale’s ability to stretch the floor proved vital for Decatur’s offense. The sophomore shot 41 percent from the outside.

Grace Lowery

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Grace Lowery
Decatur, freshman
After missing several district games with a meniscus tear, Lowery battled back to lead the Lady Eagles on their playoff run. The 5-10 freshman led Decatur in scoring, averaging 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds and shot 41 percent.

BOYS FIRST TEAM

Gage Rieger
Decatur, junior
The 8-4A first-team selection averaged 9.7 points and 2.5 rebounds, helping Decatur go unscathed through district en route to the league championship.

Jayton Malone
Alvord, junior
Malone led Alvord in scoring, averaging 16.9 points and 3.4 assists to help the Bulldogs win their first playoff game in 14 years. The 11-2A first-team pick shot 35 percent from the outside.

Hunter Richey
Alvord, sophomore
The versatile forward tallied 12 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, earning first-team 11-2A. Richey also was tabbed to the Saint Jo all-tournament team and led Alvord to a 21-12 record.

Easton Vanover
Slidell, sophomore
Vanover often drew the assignment of guarding the other team’s best player, averaging one block and 2.6 steals per game. Offensively, the 6-2 sophomore tallied 9.7 points per game to earn first-team 22-A and Class A Region III selections.

Hunter Horner
Slidell, senior
The 6-0 guard averaged 13.3 points to lead the Greyhounds in scoring. Horner was named to the Class A all-state tournament and Class A Region III teams.

BOYS SECOND TEAM

Grayson Harris
Decatur, junior
The 8-4A first-team pick tallied 7.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and was named to the 4A Region I all-tournament team.

Drew Carstens
Bridgeport, junior
The 6-5 forward was the focal point of Bridgeport’s offense, averaging 21.1 points and nine rebounds to make the 8-4A second team.

Connor Richardson
Boyd, senior
Richardson eclipsed 1,000 career points during his senior season, leading the way for the Yellowjackets’ offense. The 6-2 wing averaged 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds, earning first-team 7-3A.

Mitchell Sellers
Paradise, junior
The second-team 7-3A selection averaged a double-double for the Panthers, posting 10 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Rustyn Fuller
Chico, senior
Fuller averaged 14.8 points and 8.2 rebounds, earning 11-2A first team honors. The 6-0 guard shot 55 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc.

GIRLS FIRST TEAM

Emily Vidal
Bridgeport, junior
Vidal poured in 12 points and three assists per game, helping the Sissies finish second in District 8-4A behind eventual state champion Argyle. The 5-4 guard was named to the TABC 4A Region I team and was also a first-team 8-4A selection.

Kylee Fitzgerald
Decatur, junior
The motor behind the Lady Eagles’ offense, Fitzgerald averaged 5.2 points and 4.8 assists. The 8-4A first-team pick helped Decatur win its first playoff game since 2016.

Kaycee Martin
Paradise, senior
With several starters out due to injuries, Martin picked up the slack, leading the Lady Panthers in scoring with 13.7 points. The senior guard pulled down four rebounds per game, earning first-team 7-3A honors.

Paytin Bullard
Boyd, junior
The Lady Jackets’ leading scorer averaged 16 points and nine rebounds during her junior campaign. The 7-3A first-team selection notched two assists and one steal per game.

Taylor Maag
Alvord, sophomore
Maag anchored the core of a young Alvord team, averaging 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. The 5-8 forward and 11-2A first-team selection shot 48 percent from the floor.

GIRLS SECOND TEAM

Morgen Davidson
Bridgeport, senior
Davidson averaged 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals, serving as the Sissies’ defensive specialist. The four-year varsity player led Bridgeport to a 26-11 finish.

Michaela Martin
Chico, senior
Martin tallied 7.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and a steal per game after making a move to forward as a senior.

Kendall Candioto
Paradise, senior
The second-team 7-3A selection averaged 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Tawni Hamilton
Alvord, sophomore
The 5-6 guard was a second-team 11-2A selection, averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. She shot 39 percent and buried 47 3-pointers.

Delaney Ingram
Bridgeport, senior
A 6-4 rim protector, Ingram averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds. The Howard Payne commit also blocked two shots per game.

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