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Charlestown junior guard Kaitlynn Henning, who averaged 19.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game, was named Mid-Southern Conference Player of the Year by the league coaches.
Henning scored 66 points in three sectional games to help the Pirates upset Scottsburg and Brownstown Central before falling to Madison in the championship game of the Charlestown Sectional in February.
Led by Henning and fellow-All-MSC performer Justice Burdin, the Pirates improved by five wins in 2013-14, finishing 15-8 in the first season under coach Michael Prichard.
Eastern senior guard Katie Ernstberger, who helped the Musketeers win their first sectional title since 1996, was also named to the first team, along with Salem’s Alex Davidson, North Harrison’s Kendra Lambert, Brownstown’s Brooke Ebbing, Austin’s Megan Smith and the Scottsburg duo of Ashley Elliott and Kelsey Smith.
Silver Creek junior Kelsi Scott and Clarksville senior Haley Jenkins were both honorable mention.
Brownstown Central’s Kayla Rieckers and Scottsburg’s Donna Cheatham were named co-MSC Coaches of the Year.
BROWN, CASEY EARN ACADEMIC HONOR
Rock Creek’s Will Brown and Borden’s Carson Casey were two of 69 Hoosier basketball players named first-team Academic All-State on Thursday.
The IBCA Academic All-State team is a program where academic prowess and athletic prowess are both considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game and shooting percentage.
IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class, an SAT score of 1,500 or an ACT score of 23.
Casey helped lead the Braves to a 17-3 record and to their third sectional championship in four years in February. Brown is a junior and helped the Lions to a 15-10 mark in 2013-14 and a spot in the sectional championship game.
Jeffersonville’s Chandler Dale and Eastern’s Jude Olesh were two of the 135 boys named to honorable mention All-State. The girls’ honorable mention list includes Eastern’s Katie Ernstberger, Floyd Central’s Brooke Hinton, Borden’s Sarah Hurst.