Sunday, April 8, 2012

Denton Record-Chronicle

Denton Record-Chronicle

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Denton Record-Chronicle

All-Area Basketball Team 2011-12
Dalton Brown
P, Ponder, Sr.
Notable: Brown missed a handful of games this season, and when he wasn’t in the Lions’ lineup, his absence was felt. The senior, who’s moving on to play baseball at Arizona, finished the season as Ponder’s leading scorer with 14.5 points per game and was second on the squad with 6.3 rebounds per game.

Nicole Kornet
G/F, Liberty Christian, Sr.
Notable: In her final year at Liberty Christian, Kornet showed why she is one of the top recruits in the nation and why Oklahoma is thankful she’s heading to Norman in the fall. Kornet averaged 20.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. The guard is ranked as the No. 19 recruit in the nation and the No. 6 recruit at her position, according to ESPN HoopGurlz. Kornet turned down offers from Stanford, North Carolina and Kentucky to play for Oklahoma. She was the MVP of her team in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America game at the Women’s Final Four. She will undoubtedly be a huge asset for the Sooners and head coach Sherri Coale when she wears the crimson and cream next season.

Nia Jackson
P, Liberty Christian, Sr.
Notable: As the Lady Warriors had an uncharacteristically early exit from the postseason, Jackson was on her game. The 6-foot-2 post gave Liberty a great second option behind Nicole Kornet as Jackson averaged 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game on the season. Jackson has signed to play at SMU.

Sam Johnson
F, Ryan, Sr.
Notable: Johnson led Trey Mohair’s supporting cast this season and when he played well, he gave Ryan another scoring threat on its way to the state semifinals. One of four players in Ryan’s starting lineup that also played football, he was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.5 points per game.

Trey Mohair
G, Ryan, Sr.
Notable: When Trey Mohair leaves Ryan for the final time as a student, he will have left a lasting mark on the history of the program. Mohair averaged 19.7 points and four rebounds per game, leading Ryan to its first state tournament appearance since 2000. The senior guard’s most memorable play of the season was a buzzer-beating, coastto-coast layup to knock off Fort Worth Trimble Tech in the Class 4A Region I tournament. He also knocked down a hefty 3-pointer as time expired to defeat Carrollton Creekview during nondistrict play. Mohair, a two-sport athlete, will play football at UTSan Antonio next fall. In his time at Ryan, Mohair helped lead the Raiders to three district titles on his way to building a long-lasting legacy.

Jessica Sprabeary
G, Ponder, Sr.
Notable: Sprabeary’s play throughout the year helped Ponder reach the playoffs this season. She was an alldistrict selection, as well as an all-region nomination by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. A fouryear starter, the senior averaged 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season.

Taylor Troth
G, Krum, Sr.
Notable: Troth was one of the reasons Krum went undefeated in District 9-2A this season and won its first district title in 10 years. Troth played in all 34 games for Krum, posting an average of 9.6 points and 3.4 assists per game. The senior also earned the 9-2A Most Valuable Player award as Krum returned to the top.

Andrew Williams
P, Guyer, Sr.
Notable: As the lone senior in Guyer’s youthful starting lineup, Williams was called upon to lead in many different ways, and he didn’t disappoint Guyer’s coaching staff in any of them. On the floor, Williams averaged 14.2 points per game to go with 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He shot 57 percent from the field.

Madison Stout
F, Ponder, Jr.
Notable: Stout played a huge role in Ponder’s run to the postseason. She averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest and hauled in 13 double-doubles on the season. She earned all-district honors in 9-2A, while also making the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ allregion team.

Rachel Wallace
G, Krum, Jr.
Notable: Wallace and the rest of the Lady Cats remained near the top of the state rankings all season and were co-champions of District 9-2A. Wallace earned Offensive Player of the Year honors in the district. She averaged a team-high 15.3 points per game and also added 5.5 rebounds per contest.

Connor York
G, Argyle, Sr.
Notable: York averaged just 8.3 points per game, but in John King’s methodical offense, that is more than it seems. York, who moved to off-guard from point guard last season also mastered the art of hitting the big shot, especially in the playoffs. He shot 44 percent from beyond the arc and sparked many Argyle runs.

Clarke Overlander
G/F, Argyle, Sr.
Notable: Though he earned nothing more than firstteam honors on the District 9-3A team, there might not have been a more versatile player in the area. Overlander played all five spots on the floor at some point during the season and was always glued on the opposition’s best offensive player. Overlander averaged 15.6 points per game to go with 5.0 rebounds during the regular season. The North Texas signee will look to contribute immediately next season for the Mean Green as an outside shooting threat after finishing his career as a four-year starter at Argyle. In the Class 3A state tournament, Overlander averaged 15.5 points per game to earn Class 3A MVP honors after leading the Eagles to victories over Lubbock Estacado and Corpus Christi Miller en route to the state title.

Teana Ogden
G, Ryan, Jr.
Notable: When Ryan needed a big basket, the Lady Raiders called upon their standout junior point guard to provide those key points. Ogden led Ryan’s scoring charge, where 30 points on any given night was never out of the question. The junior averaged 19.3 points per game on 36 percent shooting and racked up an average of four assists. Ogden led Ryan to its second straight District 4-4A title, and earned the district’s Most Valuable Player award. The Lady Raiders’ playoff run crumbled when Ogden suffered a devastating knee injury in Ryan’s bi-district loss against Amarillo Palo Duro. If Ogden can make a full recovery before the start of next season and be ready to get back on the floor, Ryan will have a good chance of winning its third straight district title.

Abby Watson
F, Pilot Point, Sr.
Notable: A staple on the AllArea team for every major girls sport, Watson completed her basketball career by earning Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors in District 9-3A with Sanger’s Julieh Clark. Though her team struggled at times, Watson was usually the best player on the floor, averaging 15.2 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Ryan Daniels
G, Denton, Jr.
Notable: In his first year with the Broncos, Daniels made a huge impact as the team’s starting point guard. Daniels, a junior who transferred from state champion Dallas Kimball, led the Broncos in scoring, putting up 10.8 points per game and shooting 35 percent from behind the three-point line.

Jasmine Leday
F, Guyer, Sr.
Notable: After quitting the team midway through her junior season, Leday was the first to admit she had “grown up” before rejoining the team just before school started her senior year. Her game grew too as she became one of the most feared players in the area on both ends of the floor. Leday led Guyer in just about every category, putting in 14.8 points per game. She was also a monster on the glass, averaging 10 rebounds per game to give her a double-double for the season. But the rebounds weren’t the easy variety as six of her 10 rebounds per game were on the offensive end. She also led the team in steals with 3.7 per contest, as she became arguably the area’s top defender.

D.J. Hicks
P, Denton, Sr.
Notable: Denton head coach Harold Jackson always credited the professionalism and work ethic of Hicks, who finished his time at Denton by earning District 4-4A first-team honors. Hicks averaged 10.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. He did not miss a game the entire season.

Andrew Resch
F, Argyle, Sr.
Notable: Prior to the season, Argyle head coach John King had a challenge for his senior big man. Resch, who was the Eagles’ sixth man a year ago, was called upon to average a double-double for the entire regular season, something King had never gotten from one of his players in more than 20 years on the job. Resch came through, averaging 10.9 points and 10.6 rebounds in the regular season to go with 1.4 steals. In doing so, Resch earned MVP honors in District 9-3A. While he could easily be counted on to score points for Argyle, he made an impact when he wasn’t at his best offensively. In Argyle’s state championship victory, he grabbed 13 boards, scoring just three points.

Jamecia Brown
P, Denton, Sr.
Notable: Brown served as a low-post presence for Denton, who won 20 games this season after winning just four games four years ago. She was named to the District 4-4A team after posting 12.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Brown scored 16 points when the Lady Broncos notched an upset victory against Ryan.

Julieh Clark
P, Sanger, Sr.
Notable: At 6-foot-3, Clark has a size advantage against just about anyone Sanger steps on the floor with. That led to Clark dominating the competition in leading Sanger to its second straight District 9-3A title. She owned the low post, averaged 11.5 points per game to go with 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks.

Wes Hill
G, Liberty Christian, Jr.
Notable: The guard with a flair for the dramatic was voted the Warriors’ team MVP by the players. Hill hit three game-winning shots over the course of the season and was relied on to take the big shots. He averaged 11.2 points per game to go with 5.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals for the Warriors.

Zack Hughes
F, Krum, Jr.
Notable: Krum’s basketball resurgence was paced by Hughes, who led the historically successful program in scoring with 10.9 points per game. In a balanced scoring attack, he was the only Bobcat to average double figures to earn District 9-2A’s Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Julia Schmaltz
G, Krum, Jr.
Notable: When she was on the floor, Schmaltz was one of the most efficient players on the court. She finished the year with 11.9 points per game, good for second on the team in scoring. She also shot a team-high 50.1 percent from the floor. Schmaltz earned the District 9-2A Defensive Player of the Year award.

Jasmine Taylor
G, Denton, Sr.
Notable: In a year that saw the Denton Lady Broncos barely miss the postseason, Taylor’s aggressive offensive attack helped Denton win 20 games this season. Taylor led the team, averaging a team-high 14 points, 6.3 rebounds and a teamhigh 3.3 assists per game. Taylor earned all-District 44A honors.

John King
Notable: Since King’s arrival in 2007 from Arlington Seguin, he’s consistently made Argyle a state contender in Class 3A. In 2011-12, he finally got over the hump. In his first trip to the state tournament, King shined on the big stage as he schemed to shut down prolific offensive teams such as Lubbock Estacado and Corpus Christi Miller by slowing the game to his pace. He led Argyle to a 31-8 record after there were preseason doubts about the team’s chances.

Harold Colson
Notable: After going 20-29 in the four years prior to his arrival from Arlington High School and winning eight games in Colson’s debut season last year, the Lady Wildcats had an epic turnaround season led by the defensive-minded head coach. Guyer finished the season with a 25-9 record and won 10 district games before a first-round playoff exit. Colson’s team led all Class 5A teams in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in team defense, giving up just 34.4 points per contest.

Travis Price
G, Pilot Point, Sr. Notable: While Pilot Point failed to make the playoffs, the Bearcats were led by Price. He led Pilot Point in scoring, tallying 13.7 points per game while also pulling down 2.5 rebounds a contest. Along with Aaron Buckingham and Mason Richey, Price was the most potent scoring threat for the Bearcats.

Sydney Shelstead
F, Krum, Jr.
Notable: After transferring from Aubrey, Shelstead immediately impacted the Lady Cats. She averaged 11.5 points and a teamhigh 7.1 rebounds per game. Shelstead, Rachel Wallace and Julia Schmaltz made up 71.5 percent of Krum’s scoring. Shelstead was named to the all-district team in 9-2A.


Delaney Sain
F, Argyle, Fr.
Notable: Sain immediately made an impact on Argyle’s varsity team, joining the program alongside new head coach Skip Townsend, who brought his winning tradition from Brock. Sain immediately bought in to Townsend’s system and flourished all year as a freshman inside player. Sain earned Newcomer of the Year honors in District 9-3A. For the regular season, Sain led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 8.7 points per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field while playing in all of her team’s 32 games. She was also the Lady Eagles’ top rebounder, pulling down 6.1 boards per game. Name, School Megan Dando, Lake Dallas Taylor Jones, Sanger Rahsheeba Walker, Ryan Renee Washington, Guyer Kendyle Wright, Aubrey Pos. F G F G P Yr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Fr.

Name, School Aaron Buckingham, Pilot Point Miles Crawford, Guyer Zach Dickerson, Argyle Marcus Holcomb, Ryan Luke Kornet, Liberty Christian Pos. G G G G F Yr. Sr. Soph. Jr. Sr. Jr. Notable Guard averaged 10 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Smooth-shooting off-guard averaged 9.8 points per game after sitting out his freshman season. Argyle floor general helped lead Eagles to state title while averaging 7.0 points and 3.1 assists. Shot 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and averaged 10.8 points per game for Raiders. Coach’s son averaged 11.5 points per game while shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc.

Clay Morgan
P, Ponder, Soph.
Notable: As Ponder tried to get back to state championship glory, Morgan was a nice addition to the Lions’ roster. The sophomore post teamed with Dalton Brown down low to form a formidable 1-2 punch in the paint. Never was that more evident than in the Lions’ bi-district playoff victory over Peaster when the two combined to score 36 of the team’s 44 points. Morgan finished the game with a game-high 21 points. Morgan did it all for the Lions, as he was named Newcomer of the Year in District 9-2A. He averaged 13.3 points per game and led the Lions in rebounds with 7.3 per game.

Notable Only played in 16 games this season but averaged 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Jones averaged 8.1 points and a remarkable 4.2 steals per game for District 9-3A champs. Lady Raiders’ second-leading scorer averaged 11.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Senior floor general was a key component to turnaround season with 7.5 points per game. 9-3A first-team selection averaged 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for Lady Chaps.

Photos by David Minton/Denton Recor d-Chronicle

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










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