Crouch voted top offensive player
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Feb. 27, 2004 -- The Sulphur Springs Lady Cats landed one player each on the All-District 11-4A superlative list, First Team and Second Team and four more on the Honorable Mention list in voting Wednesday by the league's coaches.

Senior point guard Brandi Crouch, who set a school record for 3-pointers and became the third-highest scoring girl in school history, was named the 11-4A Offensive Player of the Year.

Senior guard Amber Porter, the team's second-leading scorer, was a First Team selection, while top rebounder Crystal Smitherman was a Second Team pick.

Named Honorable Mention from SSHS were senior forward Dolly Kay Temples, sophomore center Kelli Osborn, junior guard Terra Jackson, and senior guard Cristie Dixon.

"Brandi Crouch got Offensive Player of the Year, and all of the coaches felt like she deserved it. I'm very pleased with the numbers we got on the board. It shows they were recognized for their play even though we didn't get out of district," said SSHS head coach Carin Hoffman.

"I was pleased. It was kind of tough going in when you don't get in the playoffs out of your district. You're kind of wondering what kind of honors you can come out with. I was worried I might not have anyone get a superlative."

Greenville senior center Brittany Barker and Denison sophomore guard Shayla Moore shared the district's Most Valuable Player honor, while Greenville senior Shanna Fletcher was the Defensive Player of the Year, and Sherman junior Nicole Sciortino won the Sixth Man Award as the top reserve.

Below is a look at each Lady Cat honored:

Crouch led the team in scoring with 17.9 points per game and became just the fifth player in school history to surpass 500 points in a season. She finished with 536, good for third on the all-time list. She also set a school record with 82 3-pointers and led the team in assists (6.1 per game) and steals (3.3).

Porter was second on the team in virtually every statistical category, scoring with 350 total points for an average of 12.1. Though she's just 5-6, she was also second in the team in rebounding with 5.4 per game, and was second in steals (2.6) and assists (1.7).

Smitherman led the team in rebounds with an average of 5.8 per game, and was third on the team in scoring at an 8.8 average clip. She was third on the team in steals with 2.1 per game and even hit a pair of 3-pointers.

Temples came off the bench for much of the season, but started the final two games. She averaged three points and four rebounds per game.

Jackson became a full-time starter before Christmas and ended the season averaging three points per game, almost two rebounds and 1.5 steals and assists.

Osborn ended the season averaging 4.8 rebounds per game to go with 3.4 points. She also led the team in blocked shots with 10.

Dixon was the team's second-best 3-point shooter, hitting 21 on the year. She averaged 5 points and two rebounds per game off the bench.

2003-04 Girls District 11-4A All-District

Co-Most Valuable Player

Brittany Barker, senior, Greenville

Shayla Moore, sophomore, Denison

Offensive Player of the Year

Brandi Crouch, senior, Sulphur Springs

Defensive Player of the Year

Shanna Fletcher, senior, Greenville

Sixth Man Award

Nicole Sciortino, junior, Sherman

Coach of the Year

Lesa Darst, Greenville

First Team

Amber Porter, senior, Sulphur Springs; Ashley Powell, senior, Sherman; Jana Mustard, senior, Sherman; Rachel Ware, senior, McKinney North; Kendra Rester, junior, Greenville; Tate Neasbitt, sophomore, Denison.

Second Team

Crystal Smitherman, senior, Sulphur Springs; Keisha Ewing, senior, Sherman; Ashley Millerick, junior, Sherman; Sara Haney, senior, Denison; Landon Darling, senior, McKinney North; Laura Ellington, senior, Greenville.

Honorable Mention

Cristie Dixon, Dolly Kay Temples, Terra Jackson, Kelli Osborn, Sulphur Springs; Shatoja Gentry, Kahnea Peterson, Sherman; Toya Gray, Ashley LaBonte, Denison; Katie Sexton, Shannon Sears, Beth Teer, Heather Hiatt, Marty Picazo, McKinney North; Brittany Ferguson, Taylor Gates, Tiffany Moore, Tamesha Owens, Kendra Scales, Paris; Lindsey Buhler, Greenville.

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