Honorable mention for Madison Williams, Ryan Smith
A pair of Chillicothe High School juniors have been voted to the 2012-13 all-Midland Empire Conference basketball first teams by conference coaches.
Lady Hornet Maggie Graves and Hornet Tyler Clampitt were included on the respective 10-member first teams for each gender for the recently-concluded season.
Two other CHS players – senior Madison Williams and junior Ryan Smith – were included on the list of players receiving honorable mention. Those receiving voting support, but not finishing among the top 10 votegetters, comprise the honorable mention ranks.
Graves and Williams helped carry the Lady Hornets to an overall record of 13-14 this season – the closest a CHS girls' hoops varsity team has been to finishing a year at or above .500 since its last winning season in 2005-06.
Within the confines of MEC play, the Lady Hornets produced a 2-5 ledger, which tied them for sixth place in the 8-school league.
The Hornets, with Clampitt and Smith helping to lead the way, had a deceptive 9-17 final record, including a 1-6 MEC mark which left them tied for seventh (last) place. With as few as 18 more well-timed points this season, the Hornets could have followed up their .500 year of 2011-12 with a winning campaign, but they dropped five games by four or fewer points.
For the Lady Hornets, 5'9" junior forward Graves led the squad in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 13.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, despite averaging the fewest minutes played among the starting five as she continued to battle a penchant for foul trouble.
She led the team in scoring in a game 17 times, including a team season-best 28 against Independence: Fort Osage.
She was the club's second-best shooter from the floor, percentage-wise, at 39 percent and third-best at the foul line (67 percent). Her 148 made free throws were second all-time for a Lady Hornet, behind only Katie Steph-ens' 187 in 1997-98, according to CHS statistics researcher Randy Dean. Her 221 foul shot tries were only five shy of matching Stephens' attempts record of 1997-98.
A 3-time letter-winner, Graves was honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore.
Clampitt came out of an early-season shooting funk to finish as the Hornets' leading (and only double-digits average) scorer with 11.1 points and rebounder with 5.2 a game, as well as topping the club in assists (2.2 per game).
Leading the team in scoring in 11 games, his 26 points in the first-round victory in district play was the team's best individual output of the season. He also paced the Hornets in both 2- and 3-point field goals made (70 and 25, respectively) and shared the lead in free throws made (40) with D.J. Gannan. He was second in steals.
Williams joined Graves in averaging scoring in double-figures for this year's Lady Hornets, netting 10.7 points per outing.
A first-team all-MEC pick as a junior, she was a close second in assists and led the team in playing time, averaging missing less than 11⁄2 minutes per game while spending time in both the shooting and point guard roles. She also averaged a highly-respectable 5.9 rebounds.
Smith was sporadic in production at times, but the mobile 6'5" 11th grader flashed some enticing potential by leading the Hornets in overall shooting percentage (47 percent) and 3-point percentage (a dazzling 53 percent) while averaging 7.8 points a night.
He was second to Clampitt in rebounds (4.7 per game) and averaged one shot block a game.
2012-13 ALL-MIDLAND EMPIRECONFERENCE BASKETBALL TEAMS
Maddie Nelson – Smithville, sr.
Andee Wahlert – SJ: Benton, sr.
Ashli Lykins – Cameron, jr.
Paige Imhoff – Smithville, jr.
Oceonna Weston – SJ: Lafayette, sr.
Mallory McAndrews – SJ: Benton, so.
Melia Richardson – Cameron, so.
Carly Cox – Savannah, sr.
Tyler Reid – SJ: Bishop LeBlond, fr.
Maggie Graves – Chillicothe, jr.
Chillicothe – Madison Williams, sr.; Cameron – Taylor Hamilton, soph.; Maryville – Blair Twaddle, sr., Chelsea Byland, jr.; SJ: Benton – Lindsay Doolan, jr., Lauryn Doolan, sr.; SJ: Bishop LeBlond – Danielle Beers, sr., Erin Jones, sr.; SJ: Lafayette – Ashley Hinkle, jr., Ariel Dydell, sr.; Savannah – Hanna Miller, sr.; Smithville – Bethany Pierce, jr., Abby Waters, sr.
Xavier Kurth – SJ: Lafayette, jr.
Brock Mick – Smithville, jr.
Jeff Leeson – SJ: Lafayette, sr.
Jonathan Baker – Maryville, sr.
Carter Morrison – Cameron, sr.
Luke Hunter – Cameron, sr.
Jacob Madden – SJ: Bishop LeBlond, sr.
Derek Howe – Smithville, sr.
Tyler Clampitt – Chillicothe, jr.
Billy Cook – SJ: Lafayette, jr.
Chillicothe – Ryan Smith, jr.; Cameron – Colton Boyer, sr., Tyler Roberts, sr.; Maryville – Treyton Burch, sr., Trent Nally, jr.; SJ: Benton – Cody Leslie, sr., Fabian Smith, soph.; SJ: Lafayette – Austin Day, sr., Chester Goudeau, soph.; SJ: Bishop LeBlond – Grant Gillaspie, sr.; Savannah – Bert Ernst, jr., Tyler Wilt, sr., Zane Wilt, sr.; Smithville – Cory Marmet, sr., Blane Townsend, sr.