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All-Area First Team Girls Capsules

Published 3/29/2014

First Team Girls

Jaymie Bernbeck

5-11, Jr., Garden City

Bernbeck averaged 14.5 points in helping the Lady Buffaloes to a 13-9 season record, runner-up finishes in the Western Athletic Conference and Class 6A sub-state.

The junior combo forward connected on 52 percent of her field goals and also averaged 5.1 rebounds per game. She registered six games of 20-plus points, with a season-high of 24 against Liberal on a night she also grabbed 10 rebounds. During the season, she also had three double-doubles for points/rebounds, with all three coming in a four-game stretch of the WAC schedule in January.

Her 318 points was an increase from her sophomore season in which she scored 256 points (12.2 avg.) and her freshman season in which she scored 122 points (5.3 avg.). She now has totaled 699 points for her three-year career.

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Favorite athletes: Elena Della Donne & Breanna Stewart.

Favorite food: Homemade chicken pot pie.

Favorite class in school: History.

Person I most admire: My brother, Cody.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Michael Jordan :).

Favorite pastime: Spending time with family, watching college basketball on TV; going to the gym.

Season highlights: Going 3-0 in the Southwest Classic; making it to the sub-state championship; beating Olathe Northwest in the Newton tournament.

Honors: All-WAC Player of the Year. Academic: National Honor Society.

Ashtynn Burns

5-6 Sr., Cimarron

The 5-6 Burns finished her four-year Cimarron career with 1,131 points (423 points this season), second best in school history behind LeAnn Bryant's 1,677 (1985-88).

She also finished with 390 free throws made in 457 attempts (85.4 percent) and 89 3-pointers in 106 games, third best in school history.

This season, she led the team in scoring with 17.6 points a game. She was a threat from the outside (41 treys out of 102 attempts, 40.1 percent) and a threat to drive and draw fouls, where she was a blistering 145-of-157 free throws (92 percent).

Burns was the only player on the team who had experienced the heartache of getting to the sub-state finals three times only to come up short for a state tournament berth, including last season's 22-1 team, whose only loss was to Holcomb in the sub-state title game. The Lady Bluejays avenged that loss with a win against Holcomb in the 3A sub-state title game on their home floor.

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Most memorable moment for 2013-14 season: Winning sub-state.

Favorite athlete: Maya Moore.

Favorite food: Spaghetti back.

Favorite class in school: College algebra.

Person I most admire: My grandpa Jerry.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Theo James.

Favorite pastime: Spending time with my friends.

College you plan to attend: Mid-America Nazarene University.

Area of intended study: Elementary education.

Season highlights: Personal best scoring at Larned with 36 points; league champs; sub-state champs.

Honors: All-league unanimous; All-state second team (Wichita); All-state honorable mention (Topeka).

Taylor Deniston

5-6 Jr., Holcomb

She was one of the toughest guards to defend in Class 3A this season.

Taylor Deniston, a 5-4 guard with the Holcomb Lady Longhorns, has proven to be a driving force behind her team's success the past two seasons.

As a sophomore off-guard, she average 8.7 points a game and 3.2 boards. This year, as the point guard, she doubled those numbers (17.7 and 5.1). She also averaged 4.5 assists and 3.2 steals a game.

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Most memorable moment for 2013-14 season: Sharing the court one last time with the two seniors, Kylee Amos and Haley Heydman.

Favorite athlete: Dwyane Wade.

Favorite food: Chinese.

Favorite class in school: Ceramics/Painting.

Person I most admire: My aunt Syd.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Sanya Richards-Ross.

Favorite pastime: Hanging out with friends.

Morgan Ediger

5-8 Jr., Cimarron

Ediger took The Telegram's all-area player of the year honors after leading her Lady Bluejays team to their first trip to state since 2008.

She averaged 16.8 points and seven rebounds a game, as well as 3.8 assists and 2.4 steals. She also nailed 53 of 121 field goals.

She is the sixth leading scorer in Cimarron history (910 points) and second in 3-pointers made (67), with one more season to play.

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Most memorable moment for 2013-14 season: Beating Holcomb to make it to the state tournament.

Favorite athlete: Stephen Curry.

Favorite food: Whatever is at Rebecca Dupree's house/my grandma's chicken enchilada casserole.

Favorite class in school: Math.

People I most admire: My parents.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Dr. J.

Favorite pastimes: Take naps, play sports, hang out with friends, golfing with friends.

Season highlights: 38 points against Meade to win the Bluejay Invitational; league tournament champs; sub-state champs.

Honors: All-league unanimous first-team; all-area first team; all-state Class 3A first team (Wichita, Topeka).

Haley Heydman

5-9 Sr., Holcomb

Heydman, who has signed to play volleyball for Colby Community College next year, averaged 17.2 points and 5.7 rebounds a game for a Holcomb team that just missed out on getting to state for the third straight year.

Heydman played on the 17-7 team that lost in the opening round of the 3A state tournament in 2012 and the 19-5 team that lost in the same round last year.

Holcomb finished 20-3 this year but lost to Cimarron in the substate finals, preventing Heydman and fellow senior Kylee Amos from a three-peat trip to state.

In her three varsity seasons, Heydman has played on teams with a combined 56-15 record.

She converted 71 of her 100 free throw attempts, but she also hit 12 of her 35 3-point tires (34 percent), proving that she had to be guarded both inside and out.

Most memorable moment for 2013-14 season: beating Hugoton for the GWAC title on our home court; back-to-back league champs.

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Favorite athlete: Maya Moore.

Favorite food: Enchiladas from El Zarape.

Favorite class in school: Strength and conditioning.

Person I most admire: My sister Trista Schmitt.

If I could meet one person, it would be: Katy Perry.

Favorite moments: Sub-state champs both my sophomore and junior years; going to state; being back-to-back GWAC champs the past two years.

College you plan to attend: Colby Community College (volleyball).

Area of intended study: Dental hygiene.

Season highlights: Defeating Garden City; winning league; getting career-high points against Lakin (28).

Honors: First team all-league; honorable mention all-state; signed with Colby CC to play volleyball.

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Second Team

Katy Heger, Hugoton, 5-5, G, Fr.; Bailey Nickel, Scott City, 5-10, F, Sr.; Leslie Speer, Dighton, 5-10, F, Sr.; Taryn Tempel, 5-7, G, Sr.; Rebecca Wyatt, Ingalls, 5-10, F., Sr.

Honorable Mention

Hope Beach, Ingalls; Kaisha Batman, Ingalls; Hailee Hoskinson, Cimarron; Boo Dupree, Cimarron; Vanessa Caro, Satanta; Valerie Caro, Satanta; Robin Ritsema, Lakin; Delaney Pollart, Syracuse; Amy Scott, Hugoton; Kylee Amos, Holcomb; Carolina Gallegos, Ulysses; Kelsi Mueller, Moscow.

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