Houston senior Kyle Poynter, who became the school's all-time leading scorer, was named the conference player of the year.

Houston Tigers basketball coach Brent Hall was concerned his team’s losing conference record would keep Kyle Poynter from earning player of the year honors.

It didn’t.

Poynter received the conference’s top award when he was voted the SCA player of the year.

“I always thought he was the best player in the conference, and there are some nice players in the conference,” Hall said. “It’s quite an honor.”

Poynter was joined on the boys’ team by fellow senior Jesse Setters, who was named honorable mention.

Junior Erica Keeney represented the Lady Tigers on the girls’ second team. Danielle Pounds was named to the honorable mention team.

Poynter, who transferred two years earlier from Lebanon, averaged a double-double of 25.4 points and 10.5 rebounds. He led Houston with 2.3 blocks per game and also averaged 1.2 assists.

Poynter poured in points at an unprecedented rate for the Tigers. He tied the school record with 50 points in his final home game — a 65-62 loss to Willow Springs — and reached double figures in all but two games in his two years at Houston.

Setters was the Tigers’ second-leading scorer at 10.3 points per game. He also averaged 5.5 boards.

“Jesse was asked to do some different things this year,” said Hall, who often gave Setters the top defensive assignment. “I was proud of the way he played and what he did for me.”

Keeney, a 5-foot-6 center, had 22 double-doubles as the Lady Tigers’ leading scorer and rebounder. She averaged 12.5 points on 52-percent shooting, 9.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

“She plays extremely hard and was very consistent,” Lady Tigers coach Brent Kell said. “Several coaches commented that if she was 3-4 inches taller, she would be all-state.”

Pounds, a senior, made the transition from shooting guard to point guard in her final season. She averaged 7.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.3 steals.

“You could always count on Danielle to hustle,” Kell said. “She really improved her ball handling skills and defense from last year.”

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