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High School Basketball: Jackson and Saxony players earn all-district honors

Between both basketball programs from Jackson and Saxony Lutheran, 14 players were named to their respective all-district teams.

The team with the most players selected were the Jackson girls as the team’s starting five garnered Class 5 District 1 All-District honors.

Seniors Alexis Allstun, Mikala “Mik” Liley, Kalli Mayfield, sophomore Madison Lambert and freshman Jordyn “Jo” McClellan were each named to the list after leading the Indians to a third-straight district title.

Lambert and McClellan each became first-time honorees, while Allstun, Liley and Mayfield picked up the honor for the second time in their career.

Allstun was named all-district as a sophomore and Liley and Mayfield picked up the honor last season. Allstun only played in five games last year due to an ACL tear.

All three seniors averaged 10-plus points per game this year, with Mayfield leading the way at 12 points per game followed by Allstun at 11 and Liley with 10.

Underclassmen Lambert and McClellan took the majority of Jackson’s 3-point shot attempts this season. McClellan hit 40 percent of her 88 attempts, while Lambert was 35 percent from beyond the arc on 130 trys.

All but one of the Jackson boys starters garnered Class 5 District 1 All-District honors after the No. 2 seeded Indians upset No. 1 Poplar Bluff to win districts.

Three of these players are seniors, starting with Dalton Tollison, who came up with a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game this season and finished second in scoring at 11.7 points per game. Tollison scored 15 points in the Indians win over Poplar Bluff for the district championship.

Fellow senior Payton Salyer was next on the all-district list, who finished the year averaging 10 points a game along with 3.1 assists.

Leading the Indians in scoring this season was none other than senior Colten Seyer, who came up with 12.1 points per game and also shot 45 percent from the 3-point line. Seyer hit three shots from beyond the arc against the Mules to score a game-high 21 points.

Jackson’s lone returning starter for next season will be junior Luke Reynolds, who averaged 10 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his first year as a starter.

Saxony Lutheran’s girls basketball team had four of its five starters earn Class 3 District 3 All-District honors after winning a seventh-straight district title.

The first player named to the list out of all honorees was junior Emma Brune, who averaged a career-high 19.7 points along with 3.9 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game this season. This is Brune’s third time being named all-district.

The Crusaders defeated Arcadia Valley 48-33 in the district title game, where Brune finished with a game-high 17 points and also came down with six rebounds, two assists and one of Saxony’s six steals.

First time honorees for the Saxony girls team included seniors Bri Jenkins (8 PPG, 5.5 RPG), Macey Smith (7.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG) and Cass Wunderlich (6.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG).

Saxony’s boys team had one player named all-district after a 2-23 finish, which was junior Andrew Schwarting. He finished with an average of 18 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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