March 14, 2002
MVP Fromm Joined By Norton, Cotton On All-League Teams
For the second straight year the Scotland County Lady Tigers had the best player in the Tri-Rivers Conference according to the coaches. The best may be yet to come as two-time MVP Meagan Fromm is just a junior.
Nearly as impressive as Fromm's stay at the top of the league was the emergence of two teammates on the all-conference list. Fromm was the lone returning starter this season, meaning SCR-I had four new faces in the starting line-up.
Two of those new starters played beyond their experience level earning honorable mention all-conference honors.
Senior Sara Norton stepped into the starting line-up for the first time this year and provided yeoman's work in the paint, despite her 5'6" height.
There may not have been a player in the league that played any harder than Norton night-in and night-out. In conference play she averaged 6.1 points per game to go along with nearly five rebounds a night. As important as her statistical achievements was her hustle and her defensive presence.
Joining Norton on the all-conference honorable mention list was Jessie Cotton. The sophomore stepped in to run the point guard for the Tigers in her first varsity season. She averaged 7.2 points per game to go along with two steals per night.
Cotton gave the team some needed speed and was a constant pest on the defensive end harassing the opposition's ball handlers into turnovers. She also became more of an offensive threat later in the season as she started to look for her own shot. She gives the team another three-point threat.
For the second consecutive year Fromm edged out a player from Clark County to earn the leagues MVP honors.
Fromm won the top honor on the strength of an impressive junior season. Despite facing double teams and being the focus of the opponent's defensive efforts, Fromm still averaged 19.4 points per game, including a 40 point effort against Warsaw in the Highland Tournament.
Equally as impressive as the scoring totals were Fromm's rebounding numbers. She averaged 10.1 rebounds a contest, meaning she averaged a double-double (double digits in both points and rebounds) for the season. It doesn't stop there. On the defensive end the standout made more than two steals per game while blocking an unbelievable four shots per contest.
Tri Rivers All-Conference
Meagan Fromm - MVP; Meagan Martin - Jr., Clark Co.; Jennifer Collier - Sr., Knox Co.; Lesley Paalhar - Jr. Brookfield; Julie Gares - Soph., Clark Co.
Jackie Burkart - Sr. Clark Co.; Katie Fowler - Soph., Putnam Co.; Whitney Henderson - Jr. Brookfield; Emily Huckey - Sr. -Clark Co.; Terri King - Jr. Knox Co.; Courtnee Ream - Soph., Putnam Co.; Katy Roberts - Jr., Schuyler Co.; Jordan Rogers - Sr. North Shelby; Andrea Severa - Jr. Brookfield; Rebecca Van Soest - Jr., Milan.
Adrian Ayers - Sr., Knox Co.; Cotton; Erika Drummond - Soph., Schuyler Co.; Kayla Hawkins - Sr., Clark Co.; Norton; Gretchen Stiefel - Sr., North Shelby.
Coach of the Year was Jason Harper of Clark County.