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Region 2-3A Teams to Watch

By Edwin Glosson, 10/22/21, 4:45AM CDT

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Region 2-3A has a lot of talent returning which will make the playoffs exciting.  Ponder returns 5 all district players including the district MVP trifecta in Karly Ivy (District 10-3A MVP),  Tate Wells (District 10-3A Offensive MVP),  and Kassi Ballard (District  10-3A Defensive MVP). Gunter returns a strong backcourt with District 11-3A MVP Alyssa Tarpley and Blake Esnard.  Winnsboro returns leading scorer Faith Acker and a core group of 3 pt shooters.  Edgewood has made the regional quarterfinalist 2 consecutive seasons.  Clara Pool and Kaley Nicholson are key returners for the Bulldogs.

Gunter Tigers

The Gunter Tigers made the regional finals for the first time in 20 years last season. Gunter finished the season with a 26-6 record.  The Tigers playoff run ended with a loss to state semifinalist Ponder.  The Tigers lose All State guard Sarah Putknicki to graduation. The cupboard isn't bare for Gunter.  District 11-3A MVP Alyssa Tarpley is back for her senior season.  Backcourt mate Blake Esnard is also back for the also back for the Tigers.  The Tigers are poised to make another regional tournament appearance.  

 

Gunter Key Returners

Alyssa Tarpley 5'10 Senior Guard

  • TABC All-State,
  • District 11-3A  MVP
  • Junior Season Statistics:  19 PPG

Blake Esnard 5'6 Senior Guard

  • District 11-3A 1st Team All
  • Junior Season Statistics:  9 PPG

Ponder Lions

Ponder has reached the playoffs  4 consecutive seasons.  Prior to last season, the Lions reached the Bi-District round 3 straight seasons.   This season looks promising for Ponder.  The Lions return District 10-3A Offensive MVP Tate Wells.  District 10-3A MVP Karly Ivy also returns for the Lions.  That isn't all.  Ponder returns 3 other all district players  Kassi Ballard (District 10-3A MVP), Kenzie Crider, and Marlee Moynagh.

Ponder Lions Key Returners

Tate Wells 5'6 Senior Combo Guard

 

  • Denton-Record Chronicles - MVP
  • TGCA All-State
  • District 10-3A Offensive MVP
  • TABC 3A-Region II Girls UIL All-Region Team
  • Junior Season Statistics: 17.9 ppg 2.7asg, 3.9 rpg

Karly Ivy 5'7 Senior Guard

 

  • Denton-Record Chronicles - First Team
  • TGCA All-State
  • District 10-3A MVP
  • TABC 3A-Region II Girls UIL All-Region Team
  • Junior Season Statistics: 14.4 ppg, 2.7 asg, 4.2 rpg

 

Kassi Ballard 5'6 Senior Guard

 

  • Denton-Record Chronicles - Second Team
  • District 10-3A Defensive MVP
  • Junior Season Statistics: 11.6ppg, 2.9 asg, 4.5 rpg

 

Kenzie Crider 5'7 Forward Senior

 

  • District 10-3A 1st Team
  • Junior Season Statistics: 7.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apg 

 

Marlee Moynagh 5'5 Senior Guard

 

  • District 10-3A 1st Team
  • Junior Season Statistics: 6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.5 apg 

 

Winnsboro Raiders

Winnsboro finished the season with an impressive 28-3 record.  The Raiders season ended in the regional semifinals to state semifinalist Ponder.  The Raiders return 7 lettermen.  Laiken Allen who made over 120 3's for the Raiders last season graduated.  But, Winnsboro has double figure scorers Faith Acker, Halle Darst, and Faith Sechrist back.  Winnsboro is in good shape to make another playoff run to the regional tournament.  

Winnsboro Key Returners

Faith Acker 6'2 Forward Junior

  •  Sophomore Season Statistics 18.5 ppg 13.4 rpg 

 

Halle Darst 5'7 Senior Guard

 

  •  68 3's made in 31 games
  • Junior Season Statistics: 11 ppg  3.4 apg  3 apg

 

Reese Lindley5'6 Senior Guard

 

  • 72 3's made in 31 games 
  • Junior Season Statistics: 8 ppg, 3 spg, 2 apg

Faith Sechrist 5'7 Guard Junior

 

  • 88 3's made in 31 games 
  • Sophomore Season Statistics: 10 ppg, 4 spg, 4 apg

Jayden Cox 5'11 Forward Sophomore

  • Freshman Season Statistics:  6 ppg,  6 rpg

 

Shanda Davis 5'8 Junior Guard

Sophomore Season Statistics: 5 ppg, 3 apg

Edgewood Bulldogs

 6 years ago Edgewood finished the season 3-23.  Since then Edgewood has made the regional quarterfinals the last 2 seasons.  The Bulldogs were regional finalist 3 yrs ago.  Edgewood has big shoes to fill losing District MVP Keeley Randle, Addison Prater,  Jacie Elliot, and Claire James.  Edgewood returns Clara Pool, Kaley Nicholson who were both 1st team all district.  The Bulldogs will be a major factor in the Region 2-3A playoff race.

Key Departures

Keeley Randle

  • District 12-3A MVP
  • TABC All Region

Addison Prater

  • 4x District 12-3A 1st Team  All District 

Jacie Elliott

  • 3X District 12-3A 1st Team All District 

Claire James

Edgewood Key Returners

Clara Pool 5'10 Senior Forward

 

  • District 12-3A First Team All District 
  • TABC All Region
  • Junior Season Statistics: 12 ppg

Kaley Nicholson 5'8 Senior Guard

  •  District 12-3A First Team All District
  •  55 3-pointers last season first team all district
  • Junior Season Statistics: 10 ppg