GRANDVIEW — After going 8-2 in District 9-3A play to finish in second place, the Grandview Lady Zebras are the second-most represented team in all-district selections.
District champion Maypearl leads the way with eight all-district selections, including MVP in senior Hadlee Gibson.
Grandview (15-10) had six players garner all-district accolades while the Keene Lady Chargers, who finished third in the standings, are represented by five selections.
Headlining Grandview’s all-district honors is senior Brooklyn Prater as the league’s offensive player of the year, a year after being named the district’s MVP.
“She’s been our best offensive player the past 3 years,” Grandview Coach Tyler Adams said. “She’s just got a knack for putting the ball in the basket. She can do it attacking the rim as well as shooting from outside. She averaged a little over 15 points per game this year and last year was a little over 16. She scored her 1,000th point in 3 years on varsity this year. She’s just had a knack for being able to score her entire career.”
Grandview leads the way on the all-district first team with an impressive four selections in junior Morgan Holliday and seniors Emma Warren, Kylie Mahanay and Payden Burelsmith.
“We were very pleased with our all-district selections,” Adams said. “It was great for those kids, especially for us to get that many this year. It was good to see the strides and the growth of those girls from last year to this year and them being able to be recognized their senior year meant a lot to them and all the work they’ve put in throughout their career.”
Holliday was Grandview’s second-leading scorer behind Prater with 12 points per game to go along with 3.7 steals and 2.5 assists per game.
“Morgan really took a big stride this year from last year,” Adams said. “She was our spark plug. She was very active on the defensive end with deflections and steals. The whole tempo of the game changed as soon as she stepped on the floor. We brought her off the bench as our sixth man but she played starter minutes all season. She had a really important role.”
While Warren didn’t put up the most gaudy stats at 6.9 points and 2.4 steals per game, she also played an important role and accepted it, Adams said.
“Emma’s been our consistent player: she never got too high or too low,” Adams said. “You knew what you were going to get from her every night. She was our best individual defender. She was the point of our press. She was the one that got our press going and either slowed them down or sped them up. She had a lot of deflections and steals. And she was a solid knockdown shooter when we’d kick it out to her. She had that role her entire career on varsity and she accepted that role and thrived in it.”
Mahanay put up a career-high 9.8 points per game with 6.4 rebounds per game as a key presence down low for Grandview.
“Mahanay’s gotten better every year,” Adams said. “She improved being able to finish around the rim this year, which is something we talked about in the offseason she needed to do a better job of. She also did a better job of rebounding. She was a really good defender for us. She solidified our zone being in the middle. She made it difficult for kids to score around the basket.”
And after changing positions from last year to this, Burelsmith played a key role as the Lady Zebras’ point guard, averaging 6.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and five assists per game as she showcased her all-around skillset.
“She got thrown into a role she hadn’t played since junior high, moving to point guard and she accepted it and thrived in it,” Adams said. “She did a good job. She got better every game at being able to see the open person and with her size being able to attack and get downhill. She was probably our best defensive rebounder. She controlled backside rebounds in our zone really well. Any time you can have your point guard get the defensive rebound, that can lead you straight into your fastbreak and that really helped us get up and down the floor.”
Grandview senior Hope Hudson received second-team all-district honors while senior Macey Barton and junior Nora Williams were honorable mention.
Leading the way for Keene’s all-district selections is sophomore Hanna Jormanit as the district’s newcomer of the year.
First-team accolades for Keene went to seniors Abbany Loya and Samantha Gillaspie while seniors Jenalynn James and Loessha Hesa received second-team honors.