The Orange Leader
The high school girls basketball season came to a close last week as those feisty Bridge City Lady Cardinals bowed out of the postseason after advancing all the way to the Class 3A Region III Tournament.
Along the way, there were so many bright spots across the board for Orange County teams.
No team shined brighter than the Lady Cardinals.
Led by second-year head coach Jennifer Willis, the Lady Cardinals turned some heads by not only making the postseason, but advancing four rounds deep into the playoffs with a hard-working, proud bunch.
Bridge City went 33-5 to make the postseason for the first time since the late 1990s.
The Lady Cardinals went 8-2 in what was a rugged District 21-3A to place second. 21-3A champion Hamshire-Fannett also advanced to the Region III Tournament while Hardin-Jefferson got all the way to the regional quarterfinals.
Little Cypress-Mauriceville punched their playoff ticket as well under the guidance of second-year coach Ricky Ryan as the Lady Bears went 9-5 in a competitive District 20-4A.
West Orange-Stark showed tremendous improvement with a young team, led by first-year coach Randy Ragsdale. Over at Orangefield, first-year coach Denny Downing dealt with a young Lady Bobcat team that should make some serious waves next year.
With the season at a close, it’s time to pick our annual All-Orange Leader Girls Basketball Team.
There were plenty of standouts, but of course, there were those that stood out.
Just a junior, Bridge City’s Alexus Henry picks up Most Valuable Player honors.
Henry, also a volleyball and track star, did it all for the Lady Cardinals. She averaged nearly 16 points a game to go along with six rebounds and nearly five steals.
Picking up Offensive MVP honors is Lady Cardinal senior post Kelsey Fults. Fults dominated the paint for BC, churning out 15 points a game and over 10 boards to average a double-double.
Defensive MVP honors go out to BC senior point guard Caylin Choate. Choate literally played “get-in-your-face” defense throughout the campaign. She swiped a little more than seven steals a contest to go along with more than five rebounds a game from her guard spot and she also averaged over seven points a game.
To complete the BC sweep, Willis was tabbed Coach of the Year.
Hats off to all the deserving young ladies for having a great season and with the return of several standouts on this team, 214-15 could be even stronger.
Here is the 2014 All-Orange Leader Girls Basketball Team:
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Alexus Henry, Bridge City
OFFENSIVE MVP: Kelsey Fults, Bridge City
DEFENSIVE MVP: Caylin Choate, Bridge City
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jennifer Willis, Bridge City
Cassidy Webster, LC-M
Tori Thompson, LC-M
Eriel Jordan, WO-S
Bailee Bacon, Bridge City
Derreashia Daugherty, WO-S
Josie Nimitz, LC-M
Kasey Frederick, Bridge City
Morgan Worthy, Orangefield
Malaysia Winbush, LC-M
Katie Stephenson, Vidor