GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Meigs County rivals Southern and Eastern — including splitting the top honors — earned the most representation on the 2016 Ohio Valley Publishing “12” Girls Basketball Team, which has been announced.
Southern and Eastern each enjoyed 16-5 regular seasons, as Southern secured three spots on the “OVP 12” squad, while Eastern amounted a pair of first-team choices.
In dividing the top awards, Faith Teaford of Southern was chosen as the Player of the Year, while John Burdette of Eastern was tabbed as the Coach of the Year.
The “OVP 12” girls — and boys — basketball teams consist of five first-team selections and seven second-team selections.
The 12-player lists are chosen by members of the Ohio Valley Publishing sports staff.
Teaford, a six-foot, one-inch junior, averaged 16.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
The Lady Tornadoes, paced by Teaford, also captured an Ohio Division IV sectional championship.
Burdette guided Eastern to as far as the Division IV district championship game.
Both Teaford and Burdette were unanimous POY and COY respective choices.
The Lady Eagles’ only selections were first-teamers Laura Pullins and Elizabeth Collins — a 5-10 junior and six-foot sophomore respectively.
Pullins averaged 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while Collins collected 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per bout.
Rounding out the five-lady first team were seniors Leia Moore of River Valley and Mikayla Poling of South Gallia, as Moore stood 5-foot-10 and Poling 5-foot-9.
Moore averaged a double-double 10.6 points and 10.1 rebounds, while Poling posted 12.5 points.
Southern’s second-team honorees were seniors Jansen Wolfe and Ali Deem, as the six-foot Wolfe averaged seven points and 9.4 rebounds while Deem recorded 10.2 points.
The other five second-team picks included junior Rachel Sargent of Ohio Valley Christian, freshman Kassidy Betzing of Meigs, junior Adrienne Jenkins of Gallia Academy, senior Shelby Brown of River Valley and freshman Peyton Campbell of Point Pleasant.
Sargent — standing 5-9 — averaged 11 points and eight-and-a-half rebounds per game, while Betzing — at 5-foot-8 — averaged 8.6 (points) and three (rebounds).
The 5-9 Jenkins averaged 9.9 points and six-and-a-half rebounds, while the six-foot Brown bagged 9.8 points and 9.3 boards.
Campbell, at 5-6, dialed in for 9.2 points per game.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106