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March 4, 2014

GC Basketball: Kerens dominates 18-1A DI girls All-District team

Corsicana — The Kerens LadyCats, who went undefeated in district, dominated the District 18-1A DI All-District girls basketball team that was announced Tuesday.

Not only did Denise Lincoln win the Coach of the Year but Breanna Baxter was named the district MVP and Marqueshia Kelly was the district’s Defensive MVP.

Three other Kerens starters were named to the first team and two LadyCats earned second team honors.

Lincoln, who led Kerens to a 29-5 record and to its first appearance in a state title game, was a slam dunk choice for Coach of the Year.

Baxter averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals a game and had a brilliant season for Kerens. She was also the MVP of the Kiwanis Tournament. Kelly, a four-year starter who won 112 games while she was a LadyCat, was a force on defense and blocked as many as eight shots in a game this season. Lincoln often called her “a defensive specialist.’’ Kelly averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots a game.

Wortham’s Kendle Rhodes, a sophomore, was named the district’s Co-Sixth Man of the Year winner.

 Kerens had three players named to the first team. Taylor Ames, a four-year starter, led the LadyCats all year and in the playoffs, averaging more than 20 points during Kerens’ playoff run to the state title game. She averaged 16 points a game for the season and 3.2 rebounds from her guard spot. She was joined on the first team by Cambree Betts, a senior and three-year starter who averaged  12 points and 2.6 assists a game, ad Kiara Lindsey, a senior who set the tone for Kerens’ unrelenting defense that forced turnovers all during the season. Lindsey was the catalyst during the playoff run when Kerens forced 158 turnovers over its final four games against the best teams in Texas.

Tinesha Tolliver and Emmanuella Armant, who both came off the bench and had impact for Kerens, were named to the second team.

Wortham’s Kiera Busby, who suffered a knee injury and couldn’t complete the season, was so dynamic she still earned first-team honors. Wortham’s Kamarie Freeman and Sara Sessions were named to the second team.

Dawson’s Jayln Miller was a first-team choice and Stephanie Lindsey and Kaylee Martinez made the second team.

Hubbard’s Tia Parks and Jasmine Parks earned first-team honors and Shayla Parks and Kate Sauke made the second team.

Here’s the complete District 18-1A DI team

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