By Steven Kochersperger
What a year it was for the Mount Vernon girls’ basketball team. On Thursday evening the team, coaches, and parents all gathered at Mount Vernon High School to honor the individual efforts as well as the team efforts that led this team to one of its best seasons the school has ever seen. This team went 16-5 on the season and ended up second in the conference behind the undefeated Mount Carmel Aces.
On Thursday the team congratulated three Wildcats on being selected to the All Big Eight Conference team. Those members were junior Ellen Foster, senior Jacey Ritzert, and freshman Alexis Nall. Mount Vernon was the only team to have three selections to the all conference team and the Wildcats made up 30% of the team.
At the banquet the coaches gave out the coaches award to senior Jade Dixon. Dixon was a four year letter winner who finished 16th on the Mount Vernon High School all time scoring list with 496 points. This is very impressive considering the amount of injury time that sidelined her the past few years.
The Newcomer of the year award was given to freshman Alexis Nall. Nall stormed on to the scene this season in a major way, leading the team in scoring and in rebounding. Nall ended the season being second in free throw percentage at 69% and had rare honor of being selected to the all conference team her freshman year.
The team named CO-MVP’s this season. Those players selected as the MVP were freshman Alexis Nall and senior Jacey Ritzert. Ritzert finished her career in third place on the all time scoring list at Mount Vernon High School with 944 points. She was the first player in Wildcat history to be named to the All Big Eight Conference team all four years she played. She had the honor of being named the MVP both her junior and senior years and was selected to play in the North/South All Star game this year as well. Ritzert has been nominated for All State this year and was also nominated for the Mental Attitude and Courage Award by the Indiana High School Basketball Magazine.
Wildcat head coach Steve Mitchell honored the four seniors that are graduating this season as well. These four seniors had a four year varsity record of 57-26, helping to set up the all time winning record in Mount Vernon High School girls’ basketball history in four seasons. The seniors helped improve the program the past four years and they had the first lady Cats team to ever be ranked in the top ten in the rankings this year. These seniors, Jade Dixon, Jacey Ritzert, Lauren Stemple, and Rachel Cash will be missed.
The Varsity award winners this year were: Rachel Cash, Jade Dixon, Jacey Ritzert, Lauren Stemple, Ellen Foster, Cheyene Strobel, Alexis Nall, and Haley Thorne (team manager). The Reserve Certificates went to Stefanie Bulla, Kaysie Collins, Abby Randall, Kellen Ray, Erin Wolf, Savannah Bush, Mara Canada, Madison Cross, Ellen Denning, Madison Simpson, Alyssa Smolsky, and Hadlee Whoberry. Freshman Numerals went to Mara Canada, Madison Cross, and Alyssa Smolsky.
By Steven Kochersperger
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