2017-03-15 / Sports

All Area Girls Basketball Team

Berkeley Springs Emily Young Player of the Year
by Jamie Harris &
Bill Sterner

This fall the sports writers from The Morgan Messenger and The Hancock News have partnered with the athletic directors and head coaches from the Berkeley Springs High School, Hancock High School and Paw Paw High School to select an All Area team for the fall, winter and spring varsity sports that the teams compete in. With each all area team there will be a player of the year for both the male and female athletes selected by the sports writers. For the all area basketball team there were 10 members selected to represent the three schools.

This winter on the hardwood Berkeley Springs High School, Hancock High School and Paw Paw High School fielded varsity girls’ basketball teams. The Berkeley Springs Lady Indians went 3-0 during the season against the Hancock Lady Panthers while Hancock was 2-0 against Paw Paw. Berkeley Springs and Paw Paw did not play head to head this basketball season.

Overall the Lady Indians had the more successful season as they went 7-16 during the season. Three of those wins were over Hancock by the scores of 63-33, 53-34 and 59-30.

Hancock finished the season with a 6-16 record with a pair of wins over Paw Paw by the scores of 45-25 and 63-36. Paw Paw finished their season with a 1-22 record.

Berkeley Springs leads the way with six players selected to the all-area team led by juniors McKennah Mullen, Tori Reed, Morgan Smailes and Emily Young. Two sophomores are also represent the Lady Indians with Brooke Davison and Darby Harris. These six players were the core starting unit for Berkeley Springs with Harris and Reed rotating starts at the center position. Davison led the Lady Indians with 282 points (12.3 points per game). She also had 92 rebounds, 60 steals and 36 assists. Young finished with 276 points (12.0 points per game) to go with 115 rebounds, eight block shots, 23 steals and 20 assists. Smailes finished the season with 169 points (7.3 points per game) to go with 99 rebounds, 33 steals and 10 assists. Mullen finished with 120 points (5.2 points per game) to go with 72 rebounds, 49 steals and 56 assists. Harris finished the season with 58 points to go with 90 rebounds, seven steals, three blocked shots and three assists. Reed finished the season with 50 points to go with 123 rebounds, four blocked shots, nine assists and 21 steals.

Hancock is led by freshman Cloe Stotler, sophomore Sarah Kerns and senior Emmileigh McKinley. Stotler played in 22 games for the Lady Panthers and finished with 264 points (12.0 points per game) to go with 201 rebounds (81 offensive and 120 defensive). Kerns scored 244 points in 22 games for an average of 11.0 points per game to go with 182 rebounds (71 offensive and 111 defensive). McKinley scored 158 points in 22 games for an average of 7.18 points per game to go with 38 rebounds.

Paw Paw is represented on the team by senior Amanda Benson and sophomore Marissa Moreland. Benson finished the season with 158 points, 150 rebounds and 15 assists. Moreland finished with 63 points, 133 rebounds and 16 assists.

The Morgan Messenger/ Hancock News All Area Player of the Year is Berkeley Springs junior Emily Young. Young was second in both points and rebounds for the Lady Indians, but her all around consistency on both sides of the ball by scoring, dishing out assists, rebounding, blocking shots and picking up steals was a main reason she picked up player of the year honors.

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