By KEVIN HARRIS
JEFFERSONVILLE – Hoosier Hills Conference champion Jeffersonville and New Albany each have two players on this season’s All-HHC first team.
Red Devil senior guard Jhala Henry and Jeff junior guard Jacinta Gibson have both earned spots on the squad. They helped Jeff win the outright HHC title with a perfect 7-0 conference record. It was the Red Devils’ first outright HHC crown since their state championship season of 2011.
Jeff ended up with a 16-8 overall record as its season concluded with a 44-34 loss to Bedford North Lawrence in the Class 4A Floyd Central Sectional semifinals Feb. 3.
The Bulldogs’ two representatives on the All-Hoosier Hills first team are senior guard Marissa Jones and senior forward Chyna Anthony. Anthony has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball next season at NCAA Division I Northern Kentucky University.
Both players aided New Albany to a 15-7 overall mark and a third-place finish in the HHC standings with a 5-2 conference record. The Bulldogs’ campaign ended in the Class 4A Floyd Central Sectional semis Feb. 3 in a 59-47 setback to Jennings County.
The rest of the All-HHC first team includes Bedford’s Jorie Allen and Kennedy Bunch, Seymour’s Lauren James and Kayla Griffin, Jennings County’s Sidney Gerkin and Columbus East’s Britney Ballard.
Red Devil freshman forward Nan Garcia has earned a spot on the high honorable-mention list. Jeff senior forward Jaelyn Lee and New Albany junior forward Kelsy Taylor are honorable-mention selections along with Floyd Central’s Gracie Hale.
The Stars’ McKenzie Messmore joins Garcia on the high honorable-mention list. Other honorable-mention picks are Bedford’s Jacy Hughes, Columbus East’s Kristen Lyons, Jennings County’s Callie Wilder, Madison’s Hannah Imel and Seymour’s Makenna Fee.