Catholic junior honored by LKC

Huffman earns league player of year honors

Photo by Joe Albright Parkersburg Catholic’s Madeline Huffman handles the ball during a high school girls basketball game this season. Huffman was named the LKC Player of the Year.

PARKERSBURG — Little Kanawha Conference champion Parkersburg Catholic’s Madeline Huffman was named Player of the Year by league coaches.

LKC Coach of the Year Marty Vierheller’s junior point guard beat out Ritchie County’s Abi Haught and Tyler Consolidated’s Josey Jones for the honor.

She averaged 15 points on 47 percent shooting, 5.7 assists and 3.5 steals with 49 3-pointers this season on the Crusaderettes’ path to a second-straight undefeated LKC West run and conference title. Her unique skills were a big part in the run to the crown. The leadership displayed unmatched by many players in today’s game.

“Madeline Huffman is a player coaches dream about having once in their career,” he said. “She is that good in my opinion and especially at the point-guard position. The results really speak for themselves.

“She not only handles pressure situations incredibly well but is willing to carry her team if need be. She sacrifices anything for her teammates to be successful. She will make the extra pass instead of shooting sometimes which is a nice problem to have as a coach. She is a tremendous defender and works extremely hard in the offseason.”

To Vierheller’s point about her unselfishness, there was no quest from herself to win this award at any time this year.

“Honestly I did not expect it,” said Huffman. “I was pretty surprised when I heard.”

While Huffman definitely enjoys the honor, she cannot believe where the time went as her final season approaches at Parkersburg Catholic.

“I wish it would slow down,” said Huffman. “It is crazy to think I am about to finish up my junior year. I cannot imagine playing high school basketball anymore. It is sad to think about already.”

She joined a list of three worthy Catholic players along with teammates Aaliyah Brunny and Leslie Huffman. The trio could easily have split the vote as sophomore Brunny averaged 16.5 points, 6.2 boards, five steals with 29 blocks, and 26 3s while shooting 45 percent from the floor.

The younger Huffman collected 12.3 points, three assists, with five steals per game.

Coaches though voted largely in lockstep as Madeline finished with 56 total points in the voting. Brunny tallied 35, while Leslie received 29. Next year’s top player race likely will feature this trio in the mix once again as they are all underclassmen.

Brunny repeated on the top unit. Younger Huffman fell to the first spot on the second team.

Three seniors repeated as first teamers in Williamstown’s Bethany Arnold, Clay County’s Erica Boggs and St. Marys’ Addie Furr. Arnold, who helped the Yellowjackets to a third-place league finish, averaged 10.8 ppg, 10.5 boards and had 22 blocks. Furr paced the Blue Devils in four categories this year with 13.8 markers, 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 23 triples.

League runner-up Gilmer County placed freshman Trinity Bancroft on the top unit. Bancroft (9.5 ppg, 1.9 steals, and 19 3s) helped the Titans back to the Night of Champions after a one-year absence.

Haught, Jones, Braxton County’s Jocelyn Abraham and Lilly Ware, along with Williamstown’s Mara Rinehart and Doddridge County’s Cameron Smith rounded out the first team. Haught tallied 19.5 points per game, 2.2 assists, 2.1 steals and 38 3s for head coach Dave McCullough. Jones poured in 18.7 markers, swiped five steals per contest, and shot 47 percent from the field for the Silver Knights.

Rinehart formed a nice down-low duo next to Arnold with 12.5 points, five boards, two steals per game. Smith stuffed the stat sheet for the Bulldogs’ with 12.1 points per game, 5.2 boards, two assists, two steals with 34 3s.

The group featured seven LKC West selections and five LKC East selections.

2019 all-Little Kanawha

Conference Basketball Teams

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Madeline Huffman, Parkersburg Catholic

FIRST TEAM

Abi Haught, Ritchie County

Josey Jones, Tyler Consolidated

Jocelyn Abraham, Braxton County

Bethany Arnold, Williamstown

Cameron Smith, Doddridge County

Aaliyah Brunny, Parkersburg Catholic

Addie Furr, St. Marys

Mara Rinehart, Williamstown

Lilly Ware, Braxton County

Erica Boggs, Clay County

Trinity Bancroft, Gilmer County

SECOND TEAM

Leslie Huffman, Parkersburg Catholic

Josie Montgomery, Calhoun County

Pheobe Hayes, Wirt County

Kylie Wright, St. Marys

Hannah Grove, Gilmer County

Jonna Ferrell, Doddridge County

Shelby Howad, Ravenswood

Nicole Reynolds, Williamstown

Kaylin Parsons, Calhoun County

Peyton Kocher, Tyler Consolidated

Ashley Davis, Ritchie County

Marissa Williams, Clay County

HONORABLE MENTION

Emma Wyer (Wirt); Lindsay Chapman (Gilmer); Peyton Smith (Braxton); Kacey Butcher (Clay); JoLee Walton (Tyler); Andrea Kirk (Ritchie); Silken Harlan (Roane); Carrah Ferguson (Gilmer); Jenna Boice (Catholic); Jenna Pridemore (Williamstown); Savannah Cunningham (Calhoun); Katie Jones (Calhoun); Courtney Sanford (Doddridge); Kylie Stephens (Wirt); Halle Farmer (Roane); Mikayla Brown (Braxton); Soffi Bee (Ritchie); Miranda Weekley (Tyler); Bianca Howell (Doddridge); Josey Moore (St. Marys); Lara Fetty (St. Marys); Kaleigh Brown (Clay); Morgan Wagner (Wit); Allie Mace (Roane); Lexi Wright (Roane); Desirea Cochran (Webster); Natalie Snyder (Webster); Lydia Alfred (Ravenswood); Libby Hall (Ravenswood)

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