PARK HILLS – One standout player from each of the Mineral Area basketball teams has been honored among First Team selections in Region 16 following the conclusion of its postseason tournaments.
North County High School graduate Holly Forbes provided a powerful presence in the post, and landed extra distinction as Region 16 Freshman of the Year for the Lady Cardinals.
Forbes shot 58.8 percent from the field, which currently ranks 11th in the nation, and averaged 14.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals while starting 24 of 25 games.
She recorded 20 points in seven contests, and netted a career-high 32 against Arkansas Baptist to earn one of her three Player of the Week awards.
Bobby Parker paced the Mineral Area men by netting 14.1 points per game, despite having his season hindered by an ankle injury throughout several games in February.
He added 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 on average as a First Team all-region choice, and sank a season-high five 3-pointers with 28 points in defeat at Lewis & Clark.
The Cardinals finished with a 23-9 record following a 74-71 loss to MSU-West Plains in the Region 16 title game last Saturday.
Sophomores Allie Golden and Makenzy Smith gave the Lady Cardinals – who went 15-12 overall – a pair of Second Team all-region performers.
Golden, the all-time leading scorer at Potosi High School, averaged 10.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Smith was among the best nationally at making free throws, going 87 percent for the season. She also tallied 9.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest.
Region 16 spread favor to the entire Mineral Area men’s starting lineup as Jamie Ahale, Roman Young, Lance Singh and Zach Cameron landed spots on the Second Team.
Ahale was the Cardinals’ top perimeter threat, knocking down 40 percent of his 3-point attempts. The freshman from Australia averaged 11.4 points and 4.9 rebounds.
Young ranks ninth in NJCAA Division I at 88 percent from the line, and his 5.5 assist-to-turnover ratio is fifth-best. The sophomore guard scored 8.7 points while making 6.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Singh also averaged double digits at 11.2 points, while Cameron shot 63 percent and provided 2.2 blocks with 8.1 points and 6.3 rebounds at center.
Ahale represented the Cardinals on the MCCAC all-conference First Team, while Parker, Singh, Cameron and Young were named to the Second Team.
Forbes and Golden achieved First Team MCCAC status for the Mineral Area women. Second Team members included freshman forward Tyeshia Mitchell and Smith.