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Wrapping up an impressive season

Morristown junior guard Cambie Poole drives past her defender in a game this season. Poole has been named to the All-Couny Second Team.

By KATRINA BRANSON - kbranson@shelbynews.com

As another girls basketball season comes to an end, I always reflect on players I will remember and what stood out during the year. Obviously, there’s the players that stand out for their points per game average or rebounding abilities, but there are other athletes who left an impression.

My first example would be Triton Central’s Grace Crist. The sophomore ranked third in the county this year when it came to 3-point shooting, an impressive feat as she almost always came off the bench to do so. Crist shot 32 percent from distance (25 made threes), which was good enough for fourth in Shelby County.

Another example would be in Southwestern’s Danielle Phillips. The senior played a bigger role for the Lady Spartans this year getting more varsity playing time. Averaging 7.1 points per game and shooting 67 percent from the free throw line, Phillips was asked to step up this year. I believe that is absolutely what she accomplished.

And when I think of the word defense, my mind automatically goes to Triton Central’s Rynisha Holly. The senior wreaked havoc on opposing backcourts. Averaging 2.5 steals per game, Holly’s impeccable defense helped the Tigers’ offense. I can’t remember watching a game this season where Holly didn’t cause the other team to make a turnover. The Tigers fed off of that.

I also believe this was a huge year for Morristown junior Cambie Poole. She lead her team in scoring this season (11.8 ppg) and averaged a respectable 4.2 rebounds per game. She was also solid on defense averaging 2.7 spg. I believe Poole proved what she is capable of but has also has a high ceiling for improvement.

I was also impressed with Southwestern’s Madison Van Gorden. If I learned anything from the junior this season it’s that she doesn’t give up. Working on the inside, Van Gorden seemed almost unstoppable at some points this season. Averaging 9.9 ppg as well as leading the county in rebounds (9.5 rpg) is impressive in itself. More than anything, you could see Van Gorden’s leadership on the court. Also, it was good to see Emmy Wendling come back from an injury to finish her senior year with teammates she’s been playing with for years.

When you think of Waldron, three names immediately pop into your mind in Morgan Wood, Hannah Sullivan and Victoria Shaw.

When I think of Waldron, I also think of another junior – Abby Adams. Adams averaged 7.7 points per game, as well as 5.8 rpg before an injury cut her season short. It’s exciting to think what these four could accomplish in their finals seasons of high school.

When it comes to Shelbyville, I think of Olivia Knarr -- and Carris Decatur. Decatur had an impressive season in her own right, averaging 6.5 ppg and 5 rpg. I think she also proved what she can do this season. The Golden Bears return every player, too, which should make for a competitive offseason in Shelbyville.

Katrina Branson is a Sports writer for The Shelbyville News. Follow Katrina on Twitter @k_b527.