Area girls garner all-state/region hoops honors

On the heels two of successful basketball seasons, a pair of players from the Granbury Lady Pirates and two from the Lipan Lady Indians have been named all-state in their respective classifications.

Lilley Vander Zee and Morgan Northcutt of the Lady Pirates have been named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A All-State Basketball Team.

In addition, Vander Zee was honored on the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A All-State Team.

From the Lady Indians, junior post Shauna Coleman and freshman post Lanie Roberts were named Class A Division II All-State by the TABC.

In addition, Lipan senior guard Rhiana Michou (8.4 points, 5.5 assists) was named All-Region III by the TABC along with Roberts and Coleman, while Vander Zee was named All-Region I.

Northcutt and Vander Zee were key in the Lady Pirates winning five playoff games over the past two seasons, advancing to the regional semifinals in 2012 and the regional quarterfinals this season.

“Good deal,” said an excited Andrews upon hearing the news. “So happy for these girls. On behalf of Lilley, finishing her senior year, this is a nice compliment. And Morgan, I guarantee you she’s going to be the lightning rod of this team next season.”

Coleman has been a mainstay on the Lady Indians’ successful run over the past three seasons, a run that included back-to-back appearances at state in 2011 and 2012, a state championship game appearance in 2012, and a third-round playoff appearance this season. In addition, the Lady Indians were ranked first or second for most of the 2012-13 season.

Coleman was a force both on offense (16.8 points), defense (3.0 steals, 2.7 blocks) and in rebounding (7.5).

Roberts burst onto the scene this season, averaging 17.7 points and 7.2 rebounds. She also delivered 4.3 assists and had 5.2 steals per game.

The 6-4 Vander Zee, a starter in each of her four seasons playing for the Lady Pirates, has signed a letter-of-intent to play for the University of Texas next season. She averaged 17 points and nine rebounds, and was one of the more prolific shot blockers in the Fort Worth area.

Playing with a broken knuckle on her shooting hand, Vander Zee blocked six shots in a 54-33 bidistrict victory against rival Cleburne last month. She also scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Northcutt (11 points per game) was the heroine of the second playoff victory, a 54-46 upset of No. 6 Wichita Falls Rider. She scored a career-high 26 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter – the Lady Pirates’ final 10 points, in fact.

Northcutt, also a two-time regional qualifier in the pole vault, is skipping track this season to further focus on next basketball season. She is working out with former Lady Pirate all-stater/Texas Tech All-American/current WNBA player (and former all-star) Jia Perkins.

“That will only take her to another level,” said Andrews.

“Morgan’s heart is just wrapped in gold. She’s determined to have a great senior year.”

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Girls All-State/All-Region basketball awards

Texas Girls Coaches Association

Class 4A All-State

Lilley Vander Zee, sr., Granbury; Morgan Northcutt, jr., Granbury.

Texas Association of Basketball Coaches

Class 4A All-State

Vander Zee.

Class A Division II All-State

Shauna Coleman, jr., Lipan; Lanie Roberts, fr., Lipan.

Class 4A All-Region I

Vander Zee.

Class A Division II All-Region III

Rhiana Michou, sr., Lipan; Coleman; Roberts.