Unfortunately, only one was honored.
Picking up where her former teammate Alyssa Hammond left off, Davis made it a three-peat for the Lady Oaks, claiming the Player of the Year award, voted on last Thursday.
“It tops things off in my high school career, especially with all of the players that I have played with and all of the memories,” said Davis. “I'm glad that my time in high school turned out the way it did, and it is one of those things that I have been lucky to be a part of.”
Davis was instrumental in the Lady Oaks' season, especially in the tournament where the team advanced to the regional tournament. Davis averaged 17 points and 10 assists a game for Oak Hill. The most impressive stat, however, is that, including the regional semifinal game against Ironton on Wednesday, Davis was making her 98th straight start.
“This is definitely a big honor for Keisa,” said Oak Hill coach Doug Hale. “She has started 98 straight games for us in high school and that is unheard of in high school basketball. To be the workhorse she is and team player she is, she is definitely deserving of any honor she gets.”
Davis wasn't alone in the awards as Hale was co-Coach of the Year with Ironton's Amy Hughes. Returning after a year hiatus, Hale led the Lady Oaks to a 15-5 regular season, along with the regional tournament berth.
“You are only as good as your players are, and we have meshed pretty well and work hard all season and have improved. Those accolades are nice to get,” he said.
Lacey Adkins joined Davis on the All-District team, getting a third-team nod.
The Lady Mohawks also fared well, getting Bradshaw on first team and Heather Ellis on second team. Bradshaw was the consummate floor general, scoring 14 points and dishing out eight assists. The junior Ellis almost averaged a double-double, scoring 10 and pulling down nine rebounds.
“Both are impact players. They have been for some time. We went from a .500 ballclub two years ago to 19-4 this year, and they are a big reason why. They showed a lot of senior leadership this season. Kristen has been an unselfish player, dishing out 500 assists and scoring 1,000 points.
“Heather was such a force on the boards for us. She averaged nearly a double-double for us, with 10 points and nine rebounds per game, and she was a steady player. She has progressed a lot in the last three years, and was just dominant on the inside.”
Minford also had a first-team representative in Kara Cayton. The sophomore point guard scored 14.3 points to go along with five assists.
“She very well-seasoned for as sophomore,” said Minford coach Kim Conley. “She has a lot of leadership and always looks to involve her teammates.”
Joining Ellis on the second team was Portsmouth's Jennifer Bendolph. The junior was the team's slasher, getting inside for buckets and fighting hard for rebounds in the lane. Bendolph averaged 19.2 points and 11.3 rebounds a game.
Wheelersburg's Brittany Meenach was honored with a third-team nomination. Though the Lady Pirates were young, Meenach's 11 points a game helped Wheelersburg establish a solid foundation.
“I thought she had an outstanding year,” said Wheelersburg coach Dusty Spradlin. “She was one of our two juniors and with no seniors, the girls looked up to her.”
There were also a number of players that made honorable mention: Wheelersburg's Jessica Blanton and Sarah Schmidt, Oak Hill's Annah Ruff, Northwest's Katie Jordan, Keri Sanders and Brittany Hackworth were some of the nominees. Minford's Shaye Berry and Brittany Brigner, West's Lindi Coleman and Portsmouth's Brya Coleman and Sydnee Jordan also made the list.
JEFF TAEPKE can be reached at (7400 353-3101 ext. 242.