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All-Standard Democrat Second Team

Sunday, March 27, 2005

The 5-foot-4 Bratcher may have been the smallest player on the floor, but his production was anything but small. With virtually unlimited shooting range, Bratcher pumped in 63 3-pointers while averaging 12 points and 5.5 assists. His fourth quarter heroics made him one of the best clutch performers in the area.

Sometimes it was hard to tell which of the Deason twins was the better player. They were nearly identical on the court. The 5-11 Kent averaged 19 points, five rebounds and three assists per game while hitting 84 percent from the free throw line.

Bell City wasn't blessed with a ton of senior leadership, so Liggins, a junior had to take on the role. The 6-foot-1 Liggins was the main reason the Cubs reached the state semifinals as he averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and two blocks per game. Liggins also possesses 3-point shooting range.

Early in the season Porter was projected as a junior varsity player and perhaps getting some spot minutes in the varsity game. But as the season wore on, it became obvious that he was the Braves' go-to player. The 6-foot Porter averaged 16 points per game. His quick leaping ability allowed him to play in the post or he had the ability to shoot the 3.

Sanders is a repeat second team member of the All-Standard Democrat team. He averaged 16 points and three assists per game. One year after making 99 3-pointers, he made 86 this season at a 45 percent clip and he was also stellar from the charity stripe, making 86 percent.

The Lady Bulldogs went through some tough times with injuries and midseason coaching changes, but Blurton was one of the constants. She averaged 15 points, 6.5 rebounds and three steals per game as she helped keep the team's head above water.

Finch is one of the most talented sophomores in the area. Her numbers don't jump off the statsheet as she played alongside two of the area's best players. But she still averaged 7.8 points, 3.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and two steals per game while helping Dexter to the state quarterfinals.

Only a sophomore, Peet's quickness was nearly unmatched in the area. She was able to beat players off the dribble and get out on transition enough to score 18 points per game. The 5-4 Peet also got a stellar six steals and three rebounds on average. She played an integral part in the Bravettes' three-way tie for the Scott-Mississippi Conference title.

Probably Delta's best all-around player, Menz was counted on to do most the ball-handling but the Lady Bobcats also needed scoring production out of her. Averaging 9.5 points per game, Menz helped lead Delta to another district championship, eventually losing in the state quarterfinals.

Another one of many top sophomores in the area, Smith was the Lady Bobcats' top outside shooter. Smith averaged about 14 points per game as Delta would look to her when they needed a big basket. She was named first team All-Conference while helping Delta to its fifth straight district title.