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Amey Takes Aim

March 12, 2008

Drum roll please … it’s time for annual Amey girls basketball awards

TERRE HAUTE — As the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s annual postseason basketball geography tour takes fans from the western part of the state to concession stands they’d never have visited otherwise (didn’t want the sugar buzz from the cotton candy at Frankfort, but was intrigued by the barbecued frog legs and fried bologna sandwiches at Martinsville), it’s an obvious sign that the winter season is (finally?) coming to a close.

It can’t end (the season I mean, not the winter) without a couple of loose ends being tied, meaning it’s time for the annual Amey girls basketball awards.

You may even be able to predict the topic that’s 99-percent sure to be featured in the next column.

My latest innovation for this particular column is beginning with my favorite award from each season, and my favorite girls — of this or almost any other season — are the co-captains of the Competitors Team for 2007-2008.

I took pains this year, in covering one of the teams from our area, to always include in my story when Turkey Run’s Meghan Doss was the Warriors’ leading rebounder at 5-foot-nothing. That happened more than half the times I saw them play, and that’s an effort statistic, remember.

One of the worst aspects of the past season was that I never found a way to watch my other favorite player in her senior year. I may get to see her in the future in a sport I’m told she plays even better than she does basketball, which can only mean that Emily Lahay of Sullivan is one heck of a soccer goalie.

Their teammates on this team are Derryn Axtell, Kandrea Craft and Emily Yoho of North Vermillion; Jocelyn Boyll, Katie Brown and Krista Himebrook of North Central; Angie Camp and Mardi Steiner of Clay City; Sam Crosby, Jessica Gilbert and Chelsea Hudson of Shakamak; Heather Gonser of Owen Valley; Ashley Graves of White River Valley; Brittany Marrs and Amy Piper of West Vigo; Francesca McCarthy and Kelly Meggs of Terre Haute North; Becky Myers and Caitlin Phillips of South Vermillion; Emily Phillips of Northview; Chelsy Riggen of Riverton Parke; Krista Smith of Terre Haute South; Elyse Weddle of Bloomfield; and Brittani Wolfe of Martinsville.

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