Commonwealth Journal

April 10, 2014

Justin Edwards, Virginia Scott named County Basketball Players of the Year

CJ Staff
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — The 2013-’14 high school basketball season was one that saw both Southwestern hoops teams advance all the way to the regional semi finals, while the PC boys won a fifth consecutive district tournament, and the Somerset Lady Jumpers earned a berth in a regional tourney for the second year in a row.

This past hoops season was a successful one indeed for our local programs, and with that being said, it’s time to unveil the 2013-’14 Commonwealth Journal/Clear Channel All-County Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball Teams.

First for the ladies.

Our selection this year for our Girl’s Player of the Year goes to Somerset’s Virginia Scott.

Scott had a tremendous senior season for the purple and gold, leading the Lady Jumpers by averaging 21.2 points per contest, helping Erin Walker’s club to a 14-15 record and a second consecutive appearance in the 12th Regional Tournament.

Scott led Somerset with 64 made three-point baskets on the year, shooting 37.4 percent from downtown.

The SHS senior also shot 76.5 percent from the free throw line, while pulling down 5.8 rebounds per game.

Joining Scott on our team is her teammate Maranda Mills.

Mills — a junior this past season — displayed athleticism as well as anybody, being able to score away from the basket, or by taking the ball inside to the hole.

Mills averaged 9.6 points per game, while pulling down 3.5 rebounds per contest. She shot 73.9 percent from the charity stripe, while knocking down 29 three-point baskets for the season.

Pulaski County meanwhile puts two players on our team this season — Peyton Ingram and Taryn Davis.

Ingram and Davis were vital pieces to first-year head coach Tarah Muntz and the Lady Maroons becoming one of the feel-good stories in the region this past season, helping Pulaski County to an 18-12 record.

Ingram averaged 11.5 points per contest, while averaging 6.9 rebounds per game. She also dished out 3.5 assists per contest.

Davis meanwhile was Pulaski County’s leading scorer for the year, averaging 16.4 points per game.

Davis — a freshman this past season — also averaged 4.9 rebounds per game, and led the Lady Maroons with 70 three-point baskets for the year.

Rounding out our team are a trio of outstanding basketball players from Southwestern High School.

First-year head coach Stephen Butcher did an outstanding job with the Lady Warriors this season, leading the blue and orange to a very respectable 24-7 record along with a 48th District title, and a semi final appearance in the 12th Regional Tournament.

Addison Corder — our Player of the Year last season — had another solid season for Southwestern, leading the way by scoring 14.3 points per game.

Corder averaged 4 rebounds per game, and shot a very respectable 49 percent from the field for the season.

Destiny Molden makes our team for a second consecutive season, much like Corder, thanks to a very solid junior season.

Molden led the Lady Warriors with 54 treys on the season, shooting a remarkable, 50.9 percent from behind the arc for the year.

The junior guard averaged 9.6 points per game, while leading the way by shooting free throws at a 78.4 percent clip.

Samantha Fitzgerald meanwhile put forth another solid season for Southwestern, averaging 10.9 points per game while pulling down 5.6 boards per contest.

And now for the boys.

Steve Wright came into the season with a very young team, and did arguably one of his best coaching jobs in recent memory with a cast of unproven players at the varsity level.

Wright and the Warriors posted a 25-6 mark on the season and pushed eventual 12th Regional champion Wayne County to the brink in the regional championship game.

One of Wright’s go-to guys this past year — senior Justin Edwards — gets the nod this season as our Boy’s Player of the Year.

Edwards had a solid senior campaign, leading the Warriors by averaging 19 points per game.

Edwards averaged 7.4 rebounds per game and shot a very solid 49.6 percent from the field for the season.

Joining Edwards on our team are two of his teammates — Dylan Gaskin and Adam Isaacs.

Gaskin was a man on the inside for Southwestern this season, ripping down 6.7 boards per game, while averaging 11.2 points per game.

Isaacs meanwhile did most of his damage from the outside.

The junior guard — one of the top three-point shooters in the 12th Region — tallied 12.1 points per game, while shooting 83.1 percent from the free throw line.

Joining those three Southwestern players on our team are a trio of Pulaski County Maroons.

Pulaski County posted a 17-13 record on the year, and what would turn out to be the final year on the PC bench by Gover, the Maroons won their fifth consecutive 47th District Tournament.

Blake Burton had a great junior year for Gover and the Maroons, averaging 17 points per game.

Sean Ross meanwhile — another talented PC junior — had a solid year as well, averaging 16 points per game while leading the Maroons with 8 rebounds per contest.

Meanwhile freshman Peyton Gover made a name for himself this past season as one of the most talented point guards inside the 12th Region, despite his youth and small frame.

The PC freshman averaged 15 points per contest for the Maroons, while leading his club with 5 assists per contest.

Rounding out our team is one of the top shooters — if not the best all-around shooter — inside the 12th Region.

Ryan Dishman was Jeff Cothron’s go-to guy all season long for Somerset, helping the Briar Jumpers to a 13-15 mark.

Dishman led Somerset with a scoring average of 21.4 points per contest, while pulling down 5.2 boards per game.

Dishman led Somerset with 68 three-point baskets on the year, and shot a very respectable 83 percent from the charity stripe.

Thanks to these outstanding 14 players, the 2013-’14 basketball season was yet another season of outstanding basketball in our community.