Lady Pioneers receive hoops honors

With championships come accolades, and the North Central Texas Academy Lady Pioneers have plenty of honors on the heels of winning their third consecutive Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class A state basketball championship.

The honors for the Lady Pioneers (27-3) ranged from all-district to all-state.

Senior power forward Shelby Lyle led the awards, being named first -team all-state, first-team All-District 2-A, MVP of the district, and to the all-state tournament team. She averaged 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and one block, being a decisive force on both offense and defense.

Sophomore center Cynthia Rivas was also a first-team all-state choice, along with first-team all-district and district newcomer of the year. She was, likewise, all-state tournament. She averaged a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds), along with four blocks, five assists and two steals.

Rounding out the all-state honors was senior forward Sara Etherington, who also averaged a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) with two blocks. She was also first-team all-district and all-state tournament.

Junior guard Jenni Chen (4.0 points) was named first-team all-district, and senior forward Anna Strickland (6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals) was a second-team all-district choice.

Also, the Lady Pioneers’ head coach, Emily Britt, was named TAPPS 2-A Coach of the Year. She accomplished the rarity of winning a state championship in her first season as a head coach.