Hamilton has trio of Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association choices in media organization's northwest district
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
Four Southwest Livingston players – three of them repeat choices from 2016-17 – are among the 18 high school basketball players from C-T-area schools included on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s 2017-18 all-district team for the media group’s northwest district (which encompasses nearly the entire northwest quadrant of the state).
Three Hamilton players, along with a coach, also were cited in Class 3.
Others recognized include, in Class 1, two each from Braymer, Norborne, Mendon: Northwestern, and one each from Polo and Hardin-Central.
Three of the 18 are Chillicothe players (see story above). The full list can be seen on page 10.
Representing Southwest Livingston’s dual Carroll-Livingston Activity Association regular-season champions on the elite regional squad for Class 1 are newcomer Wyatt Maddux and holdovers Kortlyn Rounk-les, Kaylie Campbell, and Mack Anderson.
Hamilton’s group is seniors LaTroy Harper and McKauley Prothero and sophomore Nora Ford. Lady Hornets coach Jordan Richman was named Class 3 girls’ coach of the year after his team went 22-8 and won a district. Ford and Harper are repeat picks.
The Braymer duo is senior Gabe Rogers and sophomore Jasmine Taylor, while juniors Wade Adams and Jaden Humphrey rep Northwestern. Norborne has senior Madison Brown and sophomore Kennadie Crowe on the list.
Polo’s all-district player is senior guard James Fleener, while junior Julia Finley makes it from Hardin-Central.
For both Campbell and Rounkles of Southwest Livingston, this year’s laurel makes it a career sweep for the seniors – each on the MSSA squad a fourth and final time after leading the Lady Wildcats to a 20-3 record, CLAA regular-season and tournament crowns, and a third district championship and state-tournament appearance in their time at the school.
Guard Rounkles this year soared past the 2,000-points mark for her exceptional career, finishing with 2,071, an average in excess of 23 per game.
This season, she netted almost 28 (27.9) per con-test, while averaging 4.2 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.9 steals a night. Those numbers helped earn her the CLAA most valuable player honor she shared with Campbell as a frosh.
Campbell, also the out-right CLAA MVP during her sophomore year before illness likely cost her the kudo last year, was utilized differently this year by head coach Julie Bothwell.
Rather than largely locked in to a low-post spot on offense, she was moved around the floor and still prospered, not only averaging a scoring/rebounding double-double (16.4/11.4), but also pacing the team in assist at 5.4 a game..
Anderson, a 6’5” sophomore, made it two for two in MSSA district honors, by powering and finessing his way to 21.6 points, 14 rebounds, 3.9 shot blocks, 3.3 assists, and 3 steals a game as the Wildcats went 21-5. He had 19 double-doubles and one triple-double and was CLAA MVP.
Junior teammate Maddux provided another 15 points a game, while snaring 5.6 rebounds, earning two assists, and making two steals.
Hamilton’s Harper averaged 24 points, nine rebounds, 5.9 assists, and three steals as the Hornets went 18-9.
Ford’s 13.9 points, 3.9 steals, and 3.8 assists and Prothero’s 12.7 points and team-high 7.6 rebounds powered their squad.
So is Braymer’s 5’9” Taylor, following a season in which she averaged 15.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.7 steals.
Bobcat Rogers pumped in 20.5 points a contest and grabbed 4.5 caroms.
CLAA Tournament champion Northwestern got 22.5 points, 4 steals, and 4.5 assists per night from tourney MVP Adams and 17.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists from the 5’11” Humphrey.
Norborne’s girls’ state quarterfinalists were led by 5’10” sophomore transfer forward Crowe’s 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds a game. She also added about three assists and three steals.
Brown, a repeater, netted 10.3 points with 3.8 assists and 3 steals a game.
Polo’s Fleener average 20.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 steals, and three assists, while HCHS’ Finley had marks of 13.1 points and 9 boards.