Odds favor Ensworth in pursuit of school's first Miss Basketball award

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 2:45pm
Staff reports

Ensworth landed three of the possible six finalists for the Mr. and Miss Basketball awards, the TSSAA announced Wednesday.

Kennesha Nichols and Justice Swett are two of the three Division II-AA finalists for the state’s No. 1 ranked Ensworth girls (24-1) who won their 24th straight game Tuesday.

Corn Elder, who announced he intends to sign with Miami (Fla.), is a Mr. Basketball finalist for the second straight year. He averages 20.5 points and six assists per game for the top-ranked Tigers (20-6).

Ensworth’s most recent Mr. Basketball winner was Conor McDermott in 2011. The school never has had a Miss Basketball winner.

Franklin Road Academy senior Derica Wyatt is a finalist for Division II-A Miss Basketball for the fourth straight year. The Oklahoma signee has won twice.

Christ Presbyterian Academy junior Jalen Lindsey is a finalist in Class AA for the second straight year. Lindsey is averages 20.2 points and eight rebounds a game for the 28-2, No. 1 ranked and defending state champion Lions.

He was a finalist last year when teammate Craig Bradshaw, now at Belmont, won the award.

The Murfreesboro area has four finalists: No. 1 ranked Riverdale (25-0) has two in AAA with Olivia Jones and Alexa Middleton, Darius Thompson of Blackman is a AAA boys finalist, and Middle Tennessee Christian’s Derrick Spears, who averages 24 points per game, is a finalist in Class A boys.

The Division II awards will be presented during the championship games March 2 at Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. The Division I girls awards will be presented March 9 at MTSU, and Division I boys awards will be presented March 16 at MTSU during those respective state finals.