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Five Houston High School basketball players were named to the South Central Association all-conference team this week.

Senior Devin Coulter was named to the first team, Sarah Kelley was a second team selection and Aaron Cantrell, Kylee Elmore and Sydney Cremer received honorable mention.

Coulter, a four-year starter, averaged 17.5 points per game as the Tigers’ leading scorer. He finished his career as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,296 points.

“The thing that most impressed me about Devin this year is how well he handled everything I asked of him –– and it was a lot,” HHS coach Rob Coffey said. “As our leading scorer, teams really focused on trying to stop him. He also had to help bring the ball up the floor and he usually had to guard the other teams best scorer.

“This is a tall order for anyone, and he really stepped up as a leader and gave me everything he had night in and night out.”

Kelley, a sophomore center, led the Lady Tigers in scoring (14.5), rebounds (7.0) and field goal percentage (49.6). She also ranked third on the team with 1.4 steals per game.

“She is a tireless worker. When the gym is open, she is there,” Lady Tigers coach Brent Kell said. “She has a frame to put on more size and strength. I feel that is the key to her being a great player the next two years because she will continue to improve her skills because of her hard work and willingness to get better.”

Cantrell, a senior forward, averaged 11.2 points per game and led the Tigers with 8.3 rebounds per game. Like Coulter, he was a four-year starter for HHS.

“Aaron is just a tremendous athlete and great kid to coach,” Coffey said. “He rarely has anything negative to say and most games he would out rebound the rest of our team. He possesses the kind of athleticism you don’t see very often at the high school level.”

Elmore ranked second on the team her junior season with 10.4 points per game. She led the Lady Tigers in assists (3.7), 3-pointers (29) and free-throw percentage (76.6). Elmore was second on the team with 1.7 steals per game.

“Another gym rat that loves to work to get better,” Kell said. “She played this year coming off of a serious knee injury and never completely trusted her health. We saw great improvement with her confidence and focus the last part of the season.”

Cremer, a senior forward, ranked second on the team with 6.3 rebounds per game. She also scored 5.2 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting.

Cremer will continue her career at Crowder College.

“She was steady all year and did all the little things that don’t show up in the stats,” Kell said. “She’s a very smart player. If you showed her one time how to do something, she would have it.”


First team: Jalen Acklin, Liberty; Levi Hargrove, Thayer; Ben Loge, Ava; Cody Whitaker, Salem; Devin Coulter, Houston.

Second team: James Denton, Liberty; Jacob Foley, Thayer; Bobby Otwell, Mtn. Grove; Brandon Guengerich, Ava; Gavin Green, Cabool; Tyler Clinton, Willow Springs.

Honorable mention: Zach Steed, Thayer; Cooper Emerich, Ava; Tanner Barnes, Cabool; Aaron Cantrell, Houston; Hunter Barnes, Liberty; Harrison Miller, Mtn. Grove; Logan Pogue, Salem; Richard Newman, Thayer; Tyler Figley, Willow Springs.

Player of the year: Hargrove. Coach of the year: Matt Pitts


First team: Maison Bovard, Ava; Savannah Hanning, Salem; Sadie Dugger, Mtn. Grove; Jordan Alford, Thayer; Kassidy Ledgerwood, Liberty.

Second team: Beth Sherbo, Willow Springs; Sarah Kelley, Houston; Elly Burrell, Thayer; Kelsey Cauldwell, Liberty; Ashlynn Rogers, Mtn. Grove.

Honorable mention: Jacey Swofford, Ava; Bailey Lee, Ava; Sarah Gray, Cabool; Kara Matherly, Cabool; Sydney Cremer, Houston; Kylee Elmore, Houston; Kailyn Daniels, Liberty; Kamber Collins, Mtn. Grove; Payton Curley, Salem; Shilo Letterman, Willow Springs; Morgan Stone, Thayer.

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