St. Marys’ Clark heads all-LKC
PARKERSBURG – The Class A state championship may have eluded the Blue Devils from St. Marys, but Howard Meeks’ team accomplished a lot of goals during the 2012-13 season.
One involved winning the W.Va. Hometown Invitational Tournament, but the most impressive was when the Blue Devils’ dealt Clay County a 64-53 setback in the Little Kanawha Conference’s Night of Champions to take home their fourth straight league title-a feat never before accomplished since the NOC’s inception in 1996.
It was a feat, however, recognized by the league’s coaches as they selected St. Marys senior Audra Clark as the LKC’s Player of the Year.
Clark, who was a cornerstone of the Blue Devils (25-2) drive to the Class A championship game, was a double-double machine during her final season at the Pleasants County school. The University of Rio Grande recruit averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game to help St. Marys finish with a 12-0 mark in the LKC’s North Division.
She joins Kelsea Fickiesen (2010, 11), Crystal Weaver (1991) and Chris McNamee (1990) as Blue Devils named as the league’s POY.
Joining Clark on the first team is her St. Marys teammate Kendra Walker, Clay County’s McKinzee Barker and Brittany Gould, Tristin Toman of Ritchie County, Parkersburg Catholic’s Leah Hughes and Maddie Roedersheimer, McKenzie Smith of Williamstown, Hunter Sodaro of Braxton County, Julie Bishop of Gilmer County, Tyler Consolidated’s Sophie Kinnard and Ravenswood’s Taylor Youell.
Clark, Hughes, Sodaro, Smith, Kinnard and Toman were all repeat selections by the league’s coaches. Named as the LKC’s Coach of the Year was Clay County head coach Mary Ramsey.
* McKinzee Barker, Clay County: The only sophomore named to the 12-girl team, Barker, who averaged 12.9 points per game, led the league in both assists (6.8) and steals (7.0) per game as the Panthers (19-7) reached the Class AA quarterfinals.
* Leah Hughes, Parkersburg Catholic: In her final season with the Columbia blue and white, Hughes led the team in scoring (17.0 ppg) and steals (3.5) and was second in rebounding (6.8), and assists (2.0).
* Tristin Toman, Ritchie County: All this senior did during her final season in Ellenboro was lead the conference in scoring (23.7 ppg). But, it doesn’t stop there as Toman finished second in the area in 3-point goals made with 54, while leading the Rebels in rebounding (7.3).
* McKenzie Smith,
Williamstown: Finally able to step out of the shadow of Liz Flowers, who was last year’s POY, Smith led the Yellowjackets (14-1) back to the state tournament, averaging 19.7 points and 2.9 steals per game.
* Hunter Sodaro, Braxton County: The Eagles’ senior closed out her four-year stay at the Sutton-based school be leading her team in scoring (16.0 ppg) and steals (2.0) as Braxton County finished third in the LKC’s South Division.
* Julie Bishop, Gilmer County: Only a junior, Bishop was one of the main reasons for the Titans’ second place finish in the South Division at their appearance in the third place game at the NOC. She finished the season averaging 16 points per game.
* Sophia Kinnard, Tyler Consolidated: Also a junior, Kinnard averaged 16.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game as the Silver Knights reached the semifinals of the Region I, Section 2 tournament.
* Taylor Youell,
Ravenswood: The NOC’s Top Gun winner, Youell led the Red Devils to the regional championship game before bowing out to Fairmont Senior. In her final season the senior finished with 44 triples, averaging 13.7 points per game.
* Kendra Walker, St. Marys: Another junior that will be in consideration for the POY next season, Walker was also a double-double machine for Meeks’ Blue Devils, averaging 13.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.
* Maddie Roedersheimer, Parkersburg Catholic: A first time selection, Roedersheimer finished her career at PC by leading the team in rebounding (9.4 per game), and assists (3.1), while averaging 10.5 points and 3.3 steals per game.
* Brittany Gould, Clay County: Yet another junior, Gould missed the entire 2010-11 campaign, but made up for it by finishing second in the league in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game, as the Panthers reached the NOC for the fourth straight season.
All first team recipients will receive their all-LKC plaques as the league’s annual awards banquet in May.