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Crockett girls make All Big-Five list

H&T Correspondent

The David Crockett girls basketball team was well represented on the All-Big Five Conference team released Monday. Senior center Kadence Fannon was named co-Player of the Year along with Dobyns-Bennett’s Olivia Doran.

Fellow senior frontcourt player Nora Walters was chosen as the defensive player of the year and the Pioneers’ freshman point guard, Bella Ferguson, was named newcomer of the year.

Fannon, who is still undecided on where she’ll play in college, averaged 14 points and eight rebounds.

“Kadence was a big part of our offense this season,” Crockett coach Thomas Gouge said. “We wanted to play through her in our half-court offense and she had some big time games for us. For the majority of the season she was in the top five in both points and rebounds in Northeast Tennessee.”

Fannon helped Crockett win a program-record 24 games and get the No. 1 seed for the District 1-4A tournament.

“I’m so honored to be chosen for this award along with Olivia,” Fannon said. “This season has been so fun and something I’ll always remember it. For us to be picked to be at the bottom of the conference and end up at the top was a great feeling.

“I can’t say enough about my teammates. They pulled us out of some tough situations.”

Ferguson averaged eight points and seven assists while running the show.

“She made this team go,” Gouge said. “She had the ball in her hands the majority of the game and faced a lot of pressure from opponents. She made every- one around her better and did all this as a freshman.”

Ferguson led the area in assists and she’s second in the state in assists per game.

“Crockett is very lucky to have Bella for three more years,” Fannon said. “She is an amazing point guard and teammate.”

Walters averaged seven points and seven rebounds. Walters’ lateral quickness belies her 6-foot frame.

“Nora was faced all season with guarding the other team’s best player and she did a great job at holding them under their averages,” Gouge said. “She also made some big shots and came down with key rebounds in our conference wins.”

Senior shooting guard Emily Trivette made the second team. She averaged nine points per game.

“ET was a great leader on and off the floor for this team,” Gouge said. “She was our ‘glue gal.’ She hit so many big-time shots for us in clutch moments. Her heart, drive and attitude are a coach’s dream.”

Gouge wasn’t selected as the coach of the year despite getting the league’s No. 1 seed with a team that was understandably picked to finish last after graduating 90 percent of its production. Dobyns-Bennett’s Bill Francis was named coach of the year.

“Coach Gouge has done so much to change Crockett’s pro- gram,” Fannon said. “I have no doubt they will be just as successful or even make it to state next year.”

Daniel Boone sophomore guards Kyleigh Bacon and Josie Jenkins were each named to the second team.

“I’m happy for Josie and Kyleigh,” Boone coach Beau Hauldren said. “They both are well-deserving to be named two of the top players in the Big Five.

Their hard work showed and paid off for us this season as both of them came up big in different games throughout the year. The best thing about it is that they are both sophomores and the Lady Blazers basketball program will have them for two more years.”

The first team included Science Hill’s Kathryne Patton, a junior, and senior Nae Marion, Dobyns-Bennett sophomores Hannah Frye and Caroline Hill and West Ridge senior Jaelyn West.

The second team included Science Hill senior Colleen Coughlin and West Ridge senior Emma Niebruegge.