Advocate All-Area Girls Team: Danville's Young, Lincoln's Harris voted co-players of the year; Danville's Mason is coach of the year
The Advocate-Messenger All-Area Girls Basketball team for 2013 (staff / March 12, 2013)
And that came down to the player of the year race as well, as area coaches split their votes between Danville’s Kasey Young and Lincoln County’s Sydney Harris, who tied in the balloting and are the Area Co-Players of the Year.
Harris is averaging 15.9 points and 7.2 points per game for the Patriots heading into Thursday’s Girls Sweet Sixteen matchup with Owensboro Catholic. She also shoots 75 percent from the line and has 47 blocked shots.
Young, a first-team selection last season, averaged a team-high 19.9 points and 6.2 rebounds and shot 75 percent from the free throw line for the Admirals.
The All-Area team is dominated by veterans, are six repeat selections — Harris, Young, Emily Fox of Lincoln, Devin Conley of Garrard County, Catheryne Claunch of Mercer County and Essence Grey of Danville.
Danville leads the are with three selections, while Mercer, Lincoln, Boyle County and Garrard had two selections each.
Judie Mason, who led the Admirals to an 18-10 record was voted the Area Coach of the Year.
Here’s a look at this year’s team:
The King College signee had a breakout year for Lincoln, as she became a threat on both ends of the floor.
“After deciding to not play soccer this year, Syd worked extremely hard on her game over the summer giving her more confidence in her abilities,” Lincoln coach Cassandra McWhorter said. “Her height and length creates a lot of mismatches for other teams and the fact that she can knock down outside shots, penetrate, and not only post makes her tough to defend.”
Young, a threat inside and out, became the first Danville girl to sign a Division I scholarship when she signed with Eastern Kentucky last fall. She has also been selected to try out for the Kentucky All-Star team which will play Indiana.
“Kasey is a four-year starer and is second in the al-time scoring list at Danville,” Danville coach Judie Mason said. “Kasey has been in the top five in 3-point shooting since her sophomore year.”
The Austin Peay signee is a repeat first-team selection. Fox, who has also been invited to try out for the Kentucky All-Stars, is averaging 17.1 points, 2.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, 1.7 assists and 4 rebounds per game for Lincoln going into the state tournament.
“She has been our go to person for — how many years? Emily has drawn a lot of attention this season from other teams because of her ability to score, yet she still is our leading scorer,” McWhorter said. “I am very proud of her for staying strong and consistent this season and helping her teammates to also succeed.”