CONWAY — The Kennett High girls’ basketball team took to the internet recently to hold its end of the season award’s ceremony.

The KHS junior varsity squad, led by Coach Miriam Habert, went 16-1 over the winter.

Sophomore Abby Novak was selected as the JV Defensive Player of the Year, while fellow sophomore Izzy Higgins was named the JV Offensive Player of the Year.

Members of the team included sophomores Jozelyn Henry, Izzy Higgins, Abby Novak, Maddie Quinn and Taylor Williams and freshmen Marissa Caputo, Catherine Chick, Hope Elias, Kaylee McLellan, Remington Snowden, Lagan Tatarczuk, and Lauren Violette.

“I ended up pulling up four members of the JV team — Catherine Chick, Maddie Quinn, Izzy Higgins and Hope Elias — during the season due to injuries,” said Larry Meader, head coach of the varsity Eagles. “They as well as Emily Kenny swung between JV and varsity. Emily was with varsity the whole year and swung. With injuries that happened, Emily and Catherine's role were the first to increase with the varsity squad. Other then Hope, they all scored their first varsity points this year, and they all saw varsity minutes.”

He added: “They all were great assets and teammates. Sometimes kids whose role is to support the team off the bench and during practices with the varsity squad don't think they have much impact, but these girls embraced their roles and made the entire team better by working hard and pushing their teammates.”

Meader concluded: “All 12 kids on a basketball team can't play significant minutes in every game, but a great team can't be great without 12 kids who are willing to work hard every day whether they play 32 minutes or zero minutes. Great teams have great teammates who put their team first and that's what these kids brought.”

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