Lanesville’s Wernert tops SAC All-Conference awards
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
As the girls’ basketball season draws to a close, the state’s many athletic conferences are releasing their awards information. The Southern Athletic Conference is no different.
As had been the case the past three years, Lanesville dominated the awards after sweeping the league title for the fourth straight season.
Of the 10 SAC players who earned all-conference honors, Lady Eagles junior wing Linzie Wernert led the way as she won Most Outstanding Player. She earned the honor after averaging a team-best 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, as well as finishing second with 3.2 steals and 2.9 assists per contest. This is the second time in the 2021-22 school year that Wernert was named SAC Most Outstanding Player, having also won the award in volleyball.
Joining Wernert on the all-conference team are junior center Morgan Sonner and freshman guard Hadley Crosier. Sonner was the Lady Eagles’ second best rebounder with 5.5 boards per game while leading the defensive effort down low with 1.3 blocks. Crosier had a strong freshman year, averaging 7.6 points, three rebounds and a team-leading 3.7 steals and three assists per contest.
After leading the Lady Eagles to a program-best 26-2 record, including a 22-game winning streak and the program’s first-ever appearance in the regional championship game, head coach Angie Hinton won SAC Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season.
Despite posting a 1-16 record, South Central saw solid representation on the all-conference team in junior guards Kendall Kiper and Millie Spencer. Kiper led the way for the Lady Rebels with 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game despite shooting just 20% from the field. Spencer averaged 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals while shooting 28%.
Joining the Harrison County quintet on the All-Conference team are Emily Cissell (Borden), Grace Ellison (New Washington), Kaidin James (New Washington), Hillary White (Henryville) and Kennadi Lakins (Crothersville).