Petty heads All-Frontier League team
Louisburg girls basketball coach Terry Tinich expressed awe about De Soto's Amy Petty after watching the Wildcat put 16 points on his team during a 42-36 Louisburg win in February.
"She is a heck of a player," he said following his team's six-point home win that evened the season series at a game each. "She is easily the only player on our schedule that is a legitimate all-state candidate. I know I'm putting her on my ballot."
In what could be a prelude to upcoming released all-state teams, Petty made the All-Frontier League first team as the top vote-getter.
"My guess is that each coach placed her in the top three spots of their ballots," De Soto coach Dwight Spencer said.
Petty led De Soto to a 14-8 record this season by averaging 18.7 points a game. For her two-year career at De Soto, Petty scored 720 points and averaged more than 16 points per game.
The senior guard scored in double digits in 20 of the 22 games she played in this season. Petty tallied 20 or more points in 11 contests this season and connected for 30 or more points twice.
She also set a school standard for 3-pointers and points scored in a game when she went off on Prairie View for eight treys and 37 points in a 54-47 Wildcat win. Petty also had 30 points in a 55-47 triumph over Baldwin in another conference game.
"I think she is obviously the best shooter in the league," Spencer said. "She is definitely the best scorer in the league."
Petty saved her best performances for Frontier League games and for contests on her home floor. The 5-foot-7-inch senior scored more than 21 points against conference foes and had an even more impressive 24-point average at home.
The former Buhler player, who has now been named first team all-conference in two different leagues while at De Soto, proved her worth this season by netting the team's top eight scoring performances of the season.
"She is such a great kid," Spencer said. "She doesn't expect special treatment. She expects to work as hard as the other players. I didn't teach her a thing -- she came with that. It really is easy to coach kids like that."
Paola's Tiffany Craner received the second highest point total after leading the Panthers to an 18-4 record this past season and to a berth in the Kansas 4A state basketball tournament at the Topeka Kansas Expocentre. Paola lost 52-29 to Wichita-Bishop Carroll in the quarterfinals March 9.
In that game, Craner had 11 points. But during the season, De Soto discovered just how potent the 5-foot-10-inch post player can be. She tallied a game-high 30 points in her only duel with Petty, who had 23 points in the contest.
Ottawa's Kelsey Studley, Paola's Brittany Miller, who led the Panthers with 14 points in the first-round state tournament game in Topeka, and Gardner Edgerton's Jessica Stewart joined Petty and Craner as the league's top five.
The second five were Amanda Dittmer of Spring Hill, Jara Vance of Ottawa, Megan Ramsey of Ottawa, Sierra Shore of Gardner Edgerton and Samantha Troutman of Osawatomie.
De Soto's Jackie Goleman was named to the honorable mention team.
"That's a nice honor for her," Spencer said of the 5-foot-11-inch sophomore. "It's great to get an like that as a sophomore. It doesn't happen to a lot of kids."
All-Frontier League first team (by order of votes). 1. Amy Petty, De Soto; 2. Tiffany Craner, Paola; 3. Kelsey Studley, Ottawa; 4. Brittany Miller, Paola; 5. Jessica Stewart, Gardner-Edgerton; 6. Amanda Dittmer, Spring Hill; 7. Jara Vance, Ottawa; 8. Megan Ramsey, Ottawa; 9. Sierra Shore, Gardner-Edgerton; 10. Samantha Troutman, Osawatomie.
Honorable mention: Sarah Wilson, Prairie View; Brianna Eldridge, Prairie View; Kristina Sommer, Prairie View; Regan Boyer, Prairie View; Brecken McDaniel, Anderson County; Jill Adkinson, Central Heights; Michelle Deluna, Eudora; Carrie Lister, Eudora; Erin Kracl, Eudora; Katie Berg, Gardner-Edgerton; Katie Morrison, Gardner-Edgerton; Ashley Morgan, Gardner-Edgerton; Taylor Brewer, Gardner-Edgerton; Kelsey Bowden, Louisburg; Jessica Jones, Osawatomie; Caitlin Smith, Ottawa; Jackie Goleman, De Soto; Lacey Cunningham, Spring Hill; Lauren Sykes, Spring Hill; Erica Patton, Wellsville; Lacey Rocker, Wellsville.