|McKenzie Cross named Co-Newcomer of the Year|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
March 2, 2006 - Two Sulphur Springs seniors and a trio of underclassmen made an impression on the District 12-4A girls basketball coaches this year, as they received All-District recognition this week.
Freshman McKenzie Cross was the top honoree for the Lady Cats, being named Co-Newcomer of the Year in the district. She was joined on the First Team by senior Bridgette Nash and sophomore Stephanie Conley.
Honorable Mention honors went to senior Whitney Jordan and sophomore Star Wright.
Cross was the Lady Cats' starting point guard and ended the season averaging 4.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 3.5 assists per game. She also made eight 3-pointers.
"She deserved the award, and I was very pleased with all the awards given to our girls," said SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo. "We have a bright future with these girls.
"I thought the voting was fair by all the coaches. We improved as the year went along, and got some recognition by the other coaches."
The Lady Cats finished 3-7 in district, winning their final two contests.
Cross shared her honor with Mount Pleasant freshman Destiny Smith.
Other superlative awards went to MVP Lametrius Edwards of Paris, Offensive Player of the Year to Miracle Thurston of Texas High, Defensive Player of the Year to Ali Stone of North Lamar, and Rebounder of the Year to Mount Pleasant junior Jasmine King.
For Sulphur Springs Nash and Conley were two of the team's top scorers and rebounders in district.
Nash led the team with 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds during the year to go along with 2.1 steals. She also had 11 games of double figures in both rebounds and points. In district, she averaged 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Conley really played well at the end of the season, putting together six consecutive games of double figure rebounds. In district, she averaged 5.8 points and 10.5 rebounds. During the year, she scored 4.3 points and had 7.3 rebounds per game. Her best district games were a 14-point, 19-rebound effort against Greenville, and a 14-point, 11-rebound outing against Mount Pleasant.
Cross also scored her season-high in district, putting up 15 points against Paris. She averaged 5.1 points 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 3.3 assists in district.
Jordan and Wright also received notice from the district's coaches.
Jordan averaged 5.7 points a game during the season, which was second on the team, to go with 5.3 rebounds. 2.0 steals and 2.3 assists.
Wright put up an average of 4.7 points and 5.0 rebounds during the year. Her best game was a 12-point outing against Mount Pleasant.