Five Lady Cats named to All-District basketball squad
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
Feb. 24, 2007 - After a season in which the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats finished tied for third in District 11-4A, they came away with five players on the All-District squad.
At least one Lady Cat from each grade level made the All-District team as freshman Stefanie Pruitt was voted Co-Freshman of the Year, sophomore Mackenzie Cross and junior Starkeisha Wright were named First Team players, and seniors Emily Bouyear and Cresha Hubbard were Second Team selections.
Each district coach nominated players, then the coaches ranked the players and voted on their top selections. Coaches could not vote for their own players.
"I feel like it was a success for us," said SSHS head coach Tina Carrillo. "I really felt that we walked away with a really good number of All-District selections. For finishing in fourth place, that's pretty good.
"I felt like our girls were rewarded for some contributions they made during district, and I thought the voting was very fair."
Mount Pleasant senior center Jasmine King was named the district's Most Valuable Player, while two other superlative awards were repeat performers from last season: North Lamar junior Ali Stone as Defensive Player of the Year and Texas High's Miracle Thurston as the Offensive Player of the Year.
Mount Pleasant freshman Aleah Robinson was named Newcomer of the Year, and Texas High ninth-grader Skylar Fields shared the freshman award with Pruitt. Mount Pleasant, which won the district with an unbeaten record, also had the Coach of the Year in Lance Johnson.
For the Lady Cats, the girls that led the team in scoring (Wright), rebounding (Wright and Hubbard), assists and steals (Cross) and 3-pointers (Pruitt) all were rewarded on the All-District team.
For the second consecutive year, SSHS had a player named Co-Freshman of the Year. Last season, it was Cross, this time it was Pruitt.
Stefanie Pruitt hit a school record eight 3-pointers in the Lady Cats' overtime win against Lindale on her way to a season-high 24 points. In district, she averaged 9.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game and she hit 24 treys while coming off the bench. For the season, she averaged 6.5 points (second on the team) and led the Lady Cats with 46 3-pointers.
Cross was named All-District for the second consecutive year after leading the Lady Cats in steals (2.6 for the season and 2.1 in district) and assists (2.7 for the season, 2.8 in district). The sophomore point guard also averaged 6.1 points per game in district and 3.2 rebounds.
Wright was an Honorable Mention selection as a sophomore, but moved up to First Team this year after leading the Lady Cats in scoring and rebounding. The junior post averaged 11.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during the season and 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in district. She led the team in scoring 19 times during the year and scored in double figures 20 times.
Emily Bouyear got her first start at guard in district against Paris and she had her best game of the season with 21 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. In district play, she averaged 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.0 assists.
Cresha Hubbard earned All-District honors for the second time after being named First Team as a sophomore. She led the team in scoring three games in district and averaged 6.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in district.
"I was really happy with the situation where we had five on the All-District team," Carrillo said. "I felt like the players who stepped up in some big games really got to be rewarded for that. I went in hoping to get some things accomplished, and it turned out good for us.
"I enjoyed the season. We definitely built more than the foundation this year."
All-District 11-4A Girls Basketball
MVP - Jasmine King, Mount Pleasant, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year - Ali Stone, North Lamar, Jr.
Offensive Player of the Year - Miracle Thurston, Texas High, Sr.
Newcomer of the Year - Aleah Robinson, Mount Pleasant, Fr.
Co-Freshmen of the Year - Stefanie Pruitt, Sulphur Springs, and Skylar Fields, Texas High
Sulphur Springs - Mackenzie Cross, So.; Starkeisha Wright, Jr.
Lindale - Whitney Binder, Jr.
Paris - Estosha Sims, Sr.
North Lamar - Logan Anglin, Jr.; Erica Anderson, Sr.; Tiffany Williams, Sr.
Texas High - Jessica Hicks, Jr.
Mount Pleasant - Destiny Smith, So.; Denise Amador, So.
Sulphur Springs - Emily Bouyear, Sr.; Cresha Hubbard, Sr.
Lindale - Madison Killingsworth, Jr.
Paris - Shantwnae Aikens, Jr.; Tiffany Green, Jr.
North Lamar - Emily Fouse, Jr.
Texas High - Victoria Stewart, Sr.; LaShae Harris, Sr.
Mount Pleasant - Ashlyn Taylor, Sr.; Gina Adams, So.