Area basketball players receive post season accolades
Several area players received post season basketball honors, headlined by Riverside's Gavin Stone, who set the Rebel single season scoring record. Stone finished the year with 1,080 points, for an average of 25.1 points per game, also a school record. Stone led Riverside to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A State Tournament, averaging a whopping 29 points per game and was awarded All-State honors as well as being named to the All-State Tournament team. Stone also set a school record for most field goals in a season, with 377. The senior finished his career with 1,962 total points, good enough for second on the career all-time list at Riverside, behind only Jared Bowers, who sits at number one with over 2,500 points.
"Gavin had the best single season in our school's history," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "He scored 40 or more points on five different occasions, including a high of 48. Gavin developed into such a good player. He was very unselfish and he led us in steals. He blossomed into a very good all-around player, but the fact is, he's a better kid than he is player. We are really going to miss him. He embodies what Riverside basketball is all about."
Two other Rebels also received post season honors. Chris Sain and Braden Overman were both named All-Conference. Sain averaged 12 points and nine rebounds while Overman put up 10 points and nine boards while posting two triple-doubles on the season.
A pair of Manila Lions were chosen All-State, senior Matthew May and junior Bradey Woodall. The duo helped lead the Lions to a state quarterfinal appearance. May put up 10 points and 5.5 assists per game while Woodall averaged almost 17 points and five rebounds per contest.
"Matthew had the highest assist to turnover ratio of any point guard I've ever coached," said Manila Coach Lee Wimberley. "He was our defensive stopper and our main ball handler. Matthew was our heartbeat and is what Manila basketball is about. Bradey missed eight games due to injury. He can score. He had the second most assists on the team which shows his growth as an all-around player."
May and Woodall were also named All-Conference, joined by Joel Burrow and Brock Birmingham. Birmingham was also named to the All-State Tournament team. Burrow averaged 13.7 points per game while Birmingham racked up 11 points per outing.
Buffalo Island Central's Trey DePriest was named to the 2A All-Conference team.
On the girls side, Riverside's Haven Robertson was selected All-State. Robertson averaged 15 points per game on the year while also making All-Conference. Three other Lady Rebels joined Robertson on the All-Conference team, including Bailey Fisher, Brittany Sain and Hattie Milligan.
Buffalo Island Central's Heather Sipes was named 2A All-State for the Lady Mustangs. Sipes poured in 18 points and 10 rebounds to average a double-double on the season. She also dished out over three assists while making three steals per contest. Haddyn Hurst was selected All-Conference for BIC.