The up-and-coming sophomore made an undoubted mark in just her second year playing for New Madrid County Central. The super-smooth guard led the Lady Eagles with a 20 points per game average and pulled down a shared team-high of 10 boards a game. Childress also added five steals and two assists per game.
Although hampered by an injury, Cooper still emerged as one of the top scoring threats in all of Southeast Missouri. Her rebounding efforts were second-to-none and her fluent moves around the basket led to dominating performances. She led Charleston with 22.5 points per game and 14.9 rebounds a game.
On a young Lady Bearcats squad, Harris was definitely a leader. In helping her team make a run to the Class 4 sectionals, Harris averaged 20 points per game while also serving as the teams top rebounder, despite being the focal point of opposing defenses. Harris was named all-conference and all-region.
In only her junior year, Hogan passed the 1,000 point mark in her Lady Ram's career on Jan. 13 against Delta. A force in the middle, she averaged 17 points per game to go along with 12 rebounds and 6.3 blocks. Hogan helped lead the Lady Rams to their first state quarterfinal appearance in school history.
King was the overwhelming leader of the Oran Lady Eagles. Her presence inside led to 20.8 points per game as well as an 11.2 rebounding clip. In her four-year career as a Lady Eagle, King scored 1,529 points. She led Oran to a 13-13 record and was an all-conference and all-region selection.
An intimidating presence in the paint, Ewing kept things flowing for the Lady Bluejays when even teammate and player of the year Kansuela Cooper was sidelined with injuries. Ewing averaged 13.7 points per game while grabbing 9.7 rebounds earning all-conference and all-region honors.
Under new Lady Bulldog coach Matt Schonhoff, Liggins helped the Lady Bulldogs put together a 17-8 campaign that was a far cry from their 8-14 record a season prior. Liggins averaged 13.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and two steals per game, earning all-region and all-conference honors.
NMCC 5-11, sophomore
McGloson was New Madrid County Central's most consistent threat -- on both offense and defense. The sophomore was the Lady Eagles' second leading scorer with an average of 13 points per game. She also hauled in 10 rebounds a game during NMCC's 14-12 season.
Passing the 1,000 point mark for her career during the season, Nicholson averaged 21.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. Though a starter on the basketball court, Nicholson signed a letter of intent to attend Liberty University on a track and field scholarship where she will be a thrower.
The Delta sophomore kept the Lady Bobcats on track with superb shooting abilities and a fierce drive. VanGennip led Delta in nearly every statistical category starting with 17.1 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, three assists and 2.6 steals. She also shot 57 percent from the field.
Bartels was the Lady Bobcats' most feared perimeter shooter. The senior was second in scoring behind teammate Machela VanGennip averaging 15 points a game. She was key in Delta's 15th overall district championship title and was an all-conference and all-region honoree.
Along with teammate Asia Liggins, Blissett proved to be a vital part in their turnaround under new Sikeston head coach Matt Schonhoff. The junior guard ran the show averaging 4.1 assists per game as well as 4.5 steals a game. She was the Lady Bulldogs' second-leading scorer with an 8.9 per game average.
As Kelly's most consistent scorer, Hicks kept the always-tough Kelly Lady Hawks on par with most all opponents. She was a staple inside scoring 17 points per game and pulling down 8 rebounds a game as well, earning all-conference and all-region honors. The Lady Hawks finished with a record of 10-14.
Behind junior standout Katie Hogan, Scott City senior Melanie Lacey continued to put up impressive numbers. Lacey, a 5-10 forward, averaged eight points a game and was the Lady Rams' second-leading rebounder with 9.2 a game, earning all-conference and all-region honors.
Noe burst out on the scene in just her freshman campaign guiding a young Dexter squad to a sectional appearance. Noe came on strong the second half of the season and was known for hitting big shots when the Lady Bearcats needed them, as well as playing strong defense.
Top Offensive Player: Kasuela Cooper, Charleston
Top Defensive Player: Katie Hogan, Scott City
Best Clutch Performer: Hannah Noe, Dexter
Katelynn Frazier, Dexter
Top Rebounder: Kasuela Cooper, Charleston
Top Shot Blocker: Katie Hogan, Scott City
Best 3-point Shooter: Katie Hogan, Scott City
Best Senior: Cheyanne King, Oran
Best Junior: Kasuela Cooper, Charleston
Best Sophomore: Benesha Childress, NMCC
Best Freshman: Hannah Noe, Dexter
Most Physical: E'Neikqua Ewing, Charleston
Biggest spark off bench: Tyangela Gibson,
Most Flamboyant: Benesha Childress, NMCC
Best Team Leader: Cheyanne King, Oran
Top Ball Handler:
Benesha Childress, NMCC
Most Underrated Player: Tori Burton, Delta
Best FT Shooter: Katie Hogan, Scott City
Most Improved: Taneisha Pulley,
Dexter Lady Bearcats
Game of the Year: Dexter over Notre Dame 56-52 for Class 4, District 1 title on Feb. 25.
Coach of the Year:
Matt Schonhoff, Sikeston
Top Individual Performance:
Kasuela Cooper of Charleston scored 50 points against Scott County Central on Feb. 22.