2016-17 Madison Courier Freshman of the Year  Aleiah Thomas of Switzerland County defends an opponent. (Courier file photo)
2016-17 Madison Courier Freshman of the Year Aleiah Thomas of Switzerland County defends an opponent. (Courier file photo)
Trimble County had as good of a season as the area has seen in a decade so its no surprise that the Lady Raiders dominated The Madison Courier’s Girls Basketball Postseason Awards.

Senior Kaylee Clifford (19.8 ppg) was named the overall Player of the Year and also won top awards for Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. Joining Clifford on the First Team is senior Shelbe Black (12.2 ppg) while sophomore Bailey Duke (8.7 ppg) earned a spot on the Second Team. And Kerrie Stewart was named co-Coach of the Year.

It’s not a surprising result for a team that went 24-5, ran the table in the North Central Kentucky Conference, reached the All “A” Classic State Semifinals and won its third-straight 29th District tournament title.

Shawe Memorial also put together its best season since 2006, going 14-12 overall and 4-2 in the Ohio River Valley Conference. Seniors Megg Hensler (13.9 ppg) and Claire Higgins (14.6 ppg) were each named to the Courierarea First Team while coach Camille Leach shared the Coach of the Year award with Trimble’s Stewart after leading the Hilltoppers to their first winning season since 2006 and first postseason win since 1994.

Switzerland County senior Whitley Schirmer (13.5 ppg) rounded out the all-senior First Team while teammate Aleiah Thomas led all freshmen in scoring at 8.1 ppg and was named the area’s Freshman of the Year.

A pair Madison Lady Cubs, senior Sage Sproles (7.4 ppg) and junior Hannah Imel (10.7 ppg), along with Carroll County junior Abigail Aulbach (10.2 ppg) and Southwestern sophomore Abby Ralston (13.6 ppg) rounded out the area’s Second Team.

Clifford, who was also named the Eighth Region Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Kentucky Miss Basketball award, easily led local girls scoring at 19.8 ppg. She finished her stellar career second on Trimble’s career scoring list with 1,620 points while teammate Black is third all-time with 1,459. Marcia Haney Dunaway is the Lady Raiders’ career scoring leader at 2,035.

Higgins and Hensler finished second and third in the area in scoring with Ralston fourth and Schirmer fifth. Shawe and Carroll County each had the most Top 20 scorers, with four each.