Thursday, December 18, 2014

All-area girls are all-around athletes

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 3/28/2014

The 2014 Ottawa Herald all-area girls basketball team members are not only good basketball players, but all-around athletes.

Most star in other sports for their schools. The team members are:

The 2014 Ottawa Herald all-area girls basketball team members are not only good basketball players, but all-around athletes.

Most star in other sports for their schools. The team members are:

Brianna Erhart, Jr., Central Heights

Erhart is the motor of the Central Heights basketball team. The guard is all over the court.

She averaged 6.9 points and four assists per game for the Vikings.

Erhart is a two-time all-area selection.

Whitney Kraus, Sr., Central Heights

Kraus put together a sterling senior campaign for the Vikings. It started with the volleyball season where she was an all-league and all-area performer.

It continued into the basketball season. The guard led the Vikings in scoring at nine points a game. She averaged two rebounds and two assists per game.

Sydney Meyer, Jr., Central Heights

Meyer had a breakout season for the Vikings. She represented the inside game for Central Heights.

The 6-foot-1 post was the leading rebounder at six per game. She averaged 8.5 points per game and nearly a block a game.

Corie Fischer, Jr., Ottawa

Fischer did everything for the Cyclones. She was the leading scorer, primary ball handler, a lock down defender and top rebounder.

She played nearly every minute for the Cyclones. The junior guard was called upon to shut down the opposing team’s top scorer. She brought the ball up the floor, going against the opponents’ pressure defense.

Fischer averaged 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game. She finished with seven double-doubles. She is a three-sport star for the Cyclones.

She is a two-time all-area and all-league performer in basketball.

Brette Moore, Jr., Ottawa

Moore became a force for the Cyclones. She was a threat anywhere inside 15-feet. She had a patented inside spin move that team’s could rarely defend.

She averaged 12.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and earned all-league honors. She shot 52 percent from the field. She was coming off an all-area and all-league season in volleyball.

Angel Natt, Fr., Ottawa

Natt showed what kind of all-around athlete she was during her freshman campaign. She was tough to stop when driving to the hoop.

She averaged 7.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 assists per game.

Moriah Kayhill, Sr., Wellsville

Kayhill played much bigger than her 5-3 frame. She shouldered a big load for the Eagles.

She used her speed to cause havoc on the defensive end. She was tough to defend because of her shooting range.

Kayhill averaged 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.0 assists per game. She is also an all-league and all-area performer in softball. She signed to play softball for Independence Community College.

Emily Newhouse, Jr., Wellsville

Newhouse was a thorn in the side of opponents. She was a threat from all over the court. She was a pest defensively with her speed and anticipation.

She shot 47 percent from behind the three-point line. She averaged 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 1.2 assists per game.

Newhouse also was an all-area and all-league selection in volleyball.

Ashley Sparks, Jr., Wellsville

Sparks is one of the top all-around athletes in the state. She is a top performer in volleyball, basketball and softball.

She turned in her best season in basketball. Sparks averaged a team-best 10 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game.

She is a three-time all-area selection in volleyball and a two-time all-state performer. Sparks also was an all-area and all-league performer in softball last year.

Macy Flory, So., West Franklin

Flory’s development was a big reason for the Falcons rise in 2014. She helped lead the Falcons to a season-best in victories and all the way to the sub-state championship game.

Flory averaged nearly a double-double for the season. She averaged 9.4 points, 10 rebounds and a steal per game. She was an all-league and all-state selection.

Emily Reed, Sr., West Franklin

Reed is a winner. She has all the intangibles, plus is a big-time athlete. She did a little bit of everything for the Falcons on the basketball court. She could score, rebound, run the offense and play solid defense.

She averaged 7.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. She was a four-time all-area volleyball selection and will play volleyball for junior college power Cowley County Community College.

Bailey Shaffer, So., West Franklin

Shaffer and Flory give West Franklin a nice combo to build around in future seasons. Shaffer put together a solid sophomore season.

She averaged 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She is a three-sport athlete.

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