The All-Standard Democrat girls team

Sunday, April 24, 2011

First Team

Benesha Childress


5-9, sophomore

The up-and-coming sophomore made an undoubted mark in just her second year playing for New Madrid County Central. The super-smooth guard led the Lady Eagles with a 20 points per game average and pulled down a shared team-high of 10 boards a game. Childress also added five steals and two assists per game.

Kasuela Cooper


6-1, junior

Although hampered by an injury, Cooper still emerged as one of the top scoring threats in all of Southeast Missouri. Her rebounding efforts were second-to-none and her fluent moves around the basket led to dominating performances. She led Charleston with 22.5 points per game and 14.9 rebounds a game.

Brittany Harris


6-0, sophomore

On a young Lady Bearcats squad, Harris was definitely a leader. In helping her team make a run to the Class 4 sectionals, Harris averaged 20 points per game while also serving as the teams top rebounder, despite being the focal point of opposing defenses. Harris was named all-conference and all-region.

Katie Hogan

Scott City

6-2, junior

In only her junior year, Hogan passed the 1,000 point mark in her Lady Ram's career on Jan. 13 against Delta. A force in the middle, she averaged 17 points per game to go along with 12 rebounds and 6.3 blocks. Hogan helped lead the Lady Rams to their first state quarterfinal appearance in school history.

Cheyanne King


5-9, senior

King was the overwhelming leader of the Oran Lady Eagles. Her presence inside led to 20.8 points per game as well as an 11.2 rebounding clip. In her four-year career as a Lady Eagle, King scored 1,529 points. She led Oran to a 13-13 record and was an all-conference and all-region selection.

Second Team

E'Neikqua Ewing


5-10, sophomore

An intimidating presence in the paint, Ewing kept things flowing for the Lady Bluejays when even teammate and player of the year Kansuela Cooper was sidelined with injuries. Ewing averaged 13.7 points per game while grabbing 9.7 rebounds earning all-conference and all-region honors.

Asia Liggins


5-7, junior

Under new Lady Bulldog coach Matt Schonhoff, Liggins helped the Lady Bulldogs put together a 17-8 campaign that was a far cry from their 8-14 record a season prior. Liggins averaged 13.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and two steals per game, earning all-region and all-conference honors.

Karen McGloson

5-11, sophomore

McGloson was New Madrid County Central's most consistent threat -- on both offense and defense. The sophomore was the Lady Eagles' second leading scorer with an average of 13 points per game. She also hauled in 10 rebounds a game during NMCC's 14-12 season.

Jennifer Nicholson

East Prairie

5-10, senior

Passing the 1,000 point mark for her career during the season, Nicholson averaged 21.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. Though a starter on the basketball court, Nicholson signed a letter of intent to attend Liberty University on a track and field scholarship where she will be a thrower.

Machela VanGennip


5-8, sophomore

The Delta sophomore kept the Lady Bobcats on track with superb shooting abilities and a fierce drive. VanGennip led Delta in nearly every statistical category starting with 17.1 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, three assists and 2.6 steals. She also shot 57 percent from the field.

Third Team

Samantha Bartels


5-4, senior

Bartels was the Lady Bobcats' most feared perimeter shooter. The senior was second in scoring behind teammate Machela VanGennip averaging 15 points a game. She was key in Delta's 15th overall district championship title and was an all-conference and all-region honoree.

Keyonna Blissett


5-5, junior

Along with teammate Asia Liggins, Blissett proved to be a vital part in their turnaround under new Sikeston head coach Matt Schonhoff. The junior guard ran the show averaging 4.1 assists per game as well as 4.5 steals a game. She was the Lady Bulldogs' second-leading scorer with an 8.9 per game average.

Kayla Hicks


5-10, junior

As Kelly's most consistent scorer, Hicks kept the always-tough Kelly Lady Hawks on par with most all opponents. She was a staple inside scoring 17 points per game and pulling down 8 rebounds a game as well, earning all-conference and all-region honors. The Lady Hawks finished with a record of 10-14.

Melanie Lacey

Scott City

5-10, senior

Behind junior standout Katie Hogan, Scott City senior Melanie Lacey continued to put up impressive numbers. Lacey, a 5-10 forward, averaged eight points a game and was the Lady Rams' second-leading rebounder with 9.2 a game, earning all-conference and all-region honors.

Hannah Noe


5-7, freshman

Noe burst out on the scene in just her freshman campaign guiding a young Dexter squad to a sectional appearance. Noe came on strong the second half of the season and was known for hitting big shots when the Lady Bearcats needed them, as well as playing strong defense.

Top Offensive Player: Kasuela Cooper, Charleston

Top Defensive Player: Katie Hogan, Scott City

Best Clutch Performer: Hannah Noe, Dexter

Best Passer:

Katelynn Frazier, Dexter

Top Rebounder: Kasuela Cooper, Charleston

Top Shot Blocker: Katie Hogan, Scott City

Best 3-point Shooter: Katie Hogan, Scott City

Best Senior: Cheyanne King, Oran

Best Junior: Kasuela Cooper, Charleston

Best Sophomore: Benesha Childress, NMCC

Best Freshman: Hannah Noe, Dexter

Most Physical: E'Neikqua Ewing, Charleston

Biggest spark off bench: Tyangela Gibson,


Most Flamboyant: Benesha Childress, NMCC

Best Team Leader: Cheyanne King, Oran

Top Ball Handler:

Benesha Childress, NMCC

Most Underrated Player: Tori Burton, Delta

Best FT Shooter: Katie Hogan, Scott City

Most Improved: Taneisha Pulley,


Best Team:

Dexter Lady Bearcats

Game of the Year: Dexter over Notre Dame 56-52 for Class 4, District 1 title on Feb. 25.

Coach of the Year:

Matt Schonhoff, Sikeston

Top Individual Performance:

Kasuela Cooper of Charleston scored 50 points against Scott County Central on Feb. 22.

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