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Also announced were Ava players who were selected to the Class 2 District all-tournament team.
All-conference first team selections included Pete Leonard, for the Bears, and Jorie Garrett and Payton Lakey for the Lady Bears. Coach Clint Gazette was also named Coach of the Year as the Lady Bears went undefeated in conference play, and Garrett was SCA Player of the Year.
Following are the all-SCA and all-district tournament team selections.
All SCA Boys
1st Team: Pete Leonard, Ava; Derek Daniels, Liberty; Austin Henry, Thayer; Clint Harper, Willow Springs; Taylor James, Willow Springs.
2nd Team: Jonathon Hambacker, Salem; Jared Hummel, Willow Springs; Ricky Smith, Thayer; Trae Shelton, Ava; Carter Courtney, Mtn. Grove.
Honorable Mention: Kole Gastineau, Liberty; Brock Mitchell, Ava; Donovan Baker, Cabool; Austin Clayton, Ava; Jaelon Acklin Liberty; Jacob Kettner, Salem; Dylan Denns, Thayer; Allen Brasier, Willow Springs; Preston Eagleman, Cabool.
Player of the Year: Derek Daniels, Liberty.
Coach of the Year: Mike Mallow, Willow Springs.
All SCA Girls
1st Team: Jorie Garrett, Ava; Payton Lakey, Ava; Haley Watson, Mtn. Grove; Kyndall Bunch, Willow Springs; Jamie Reaves, Cabool; Taylor Pruett, Liberty.
2nd Team: Jennifer Herndon, Salem; Erika Keeney, Houston; Julia Reaves, Cabool; Laken Martin, Thayer; Kyra Bunch, Willow Springs.
Honorable Mention: McKenzie Williams, Mtn. Grove; Lauren Hargus, Thayer; Kristen Hastings, Ava; Alayna Sellers, Salem; Maddie Halford, Mtn. Grove; Kamryn Hutsell, Willow Springs; Tori Richardson, Cabool; Tory Burgess, Houston; Demittra Walkup, Liberty.
Player of the Year: Jorie Garrett, Ava.
Coach of the Year: Clint Gazette, Ava.
Ava’s Jorie Garrett and Payton Lakey, both juniors, were voted Nos. 1 and 2 on the Missouri Class 3 District 2 all-tournament team.
Garrett averaged 14 points per game, 8.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. She shot 65 percent at the free throw line and 45 percent from the floor, and hit 35 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Others named to the all-tournament team are (by order of voting): Kyndall Bunch, Willow Springs; Jensen Massengale, Seymour; Jamie Reaves, Cabool; Ashley Sanders, Seymour; Haley Watson, Mtn. Grove; Taylor Pruett, Liberty; Erica Keeney, Houston; and Kyra Bunch, Willow Springs.
Ava Bears Pete Leonard and Trae Shelton, both seniors, were also voted to the all-district tournament team, landing third and seventh places, respectively, in the voting.
Leonard averaged 26.2 points per game and 11.2 rebounds. He shot 72 percent at the free throw line and 60 percent from the field. He also hit 44 percent of his 3-point shots in the tournament.
Shelton averaged 12.6 points per game and had 3.1 assists. He sank 79.3 percent at the charity stripe and 40 percent of his field goals, connecting on 34 percent from 3-point range. He had 1.7 steals and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Liberty’s Derek Daniels was the top vote-getter in the district tournament, followed by Ben Debow, Licking, then Ava’s Leonard. Others, in order, were Clint Harper, Willow Springs; Jordan Humbyrd, Seymour; Taylor James, Willow Springs; Shelton, Ava; Donovan Baker, Cabool; and Kalon Honeycutt, Alton.
Both the Bears and Lady Bears won their respective district tournaments at Cabool.