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2024 Times Herald Winter Girls All-Area

Mar. 16—Simply put, the Washington Lady Hatchets were the area's most dominant team. Their regional loss was to state champion Gibson Southern and only regular season losses came to teams ranked in the top 3 of their respective classes.

The job done by coach Gretchen Miles and her team, a team facing numerous concerns that would have wrecked most seasons, was a testament to every player that took the floor this year.

It is for that reason five Lady Hatchet were named to the first team and one was our 2023-24 Player of the Year.

Player of the Year sophomore Katie Reed continued to grow as a player this year, developing an outside game to go with her 6-1" interior presence.

Reed averaged 13.3 ppg and 6.3 rebounds and added 1.3 blocks per game to go with being the third-best 3-point shooter (by percentage). She will be leading a team that returns all but one starter and the college recruiting should really begin to heat up next season. Reed also plays volleyball and softball, while her older brother also earned POY honors in two sports.

The rest of the Lady Hatchets worked together as a unit as well to help give WHS multiple options every time they came down the floor. Senior Hayleigh Cummins led the team with just under five assists a game as a ballhandler and could score at any time. She was also an excellent free throw shooter. Juniors Olivia Gilley, Kenna Garland and Aubrey Frank will try to help WHS to the next level next season. Gilley was the teams' second leading rebounder and when paired with Reed, created huge obstacles in the paint, along with having the team's best field goal percentage. Garland was the team's second leading scorer with 9.3 ppg, was second on the team in steals, total points and had 38 triples. Aubrey Frank was a Swiss army knife for the Hatchets as a defensive stalwart, the team's top 3-point shooter and dishing 3.2 assists per game. Sophomore Shay Hawk came off the bench most of the season and always provided an instant spark. She ended up the third leading scorer with 8.2 points a game and was in the top three in five other categories, including leading the team with 41 steals. She will be a big part of the Lady Hatchets success next season.

Also joining the WHS players on the list is Barr-Reeve junior Hannah Bledsoe. The 6-foot center led the team with 10.6 points a game and 8.6 rebounds. Defensively she had 67 blocks and helped the Vikings go on a tremendous late-season run that ended with a sectional crown that ended at regional with a loss to state champion Lanesville. Loogootee senior Emily Hawkins had 10.5 points per game for a much-improved Lions team. She led the team in steals, free throw shooting and total points. She will continue playing next season at Huntington University. Junior Delaney Zorman from North Daviess also had many nights leading the team this season and should will be the focal point of opposition defenses on what should be a healthy team next year.

The second team also featured a lot of talent, as Barr-Reeve's Willow Thompson, Ava Carter and Olivia Emmons all had big parts in B-R's stunning sectional wins over highly-ranked Springs Valley and Orleans to get to regional.

North Daviess suffered from injuries that took a toll on its win-loss record, however senior Brynlee Perkins was a bright spot gave ND a big boost in her lone season at ND.

The Lions improved from last season and much of that had to do with 6-2" freshman center Alaina Diamond and Madison Waggner, who complemented Hawkins all season and should help Loogootee return to the success they had when they made back-to-back appearances at state just a few short years ago.

The final member of the second team was WC senior Addie Talbert. Talbert was WC's top scorer and although she was slowed by injuries, she was the Lady Cardinal that the team looked for when it was time to score.