Winter All-America

Sophomore guard Hayley Winter (5) leads a transition for Mineral Area during the women's Region 16 championship game against Crowder on Mar. 4, 2017, in Jefferson City, Mo. Winter, who led the Lady Cardinals in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes played, received All-America Honorable Mention from the NJCAA on Friday, Apr. 16, 2017.

Matt King, Daily Journal

PARK HILLS – Hayley Winter was described as the “backbone” of the Mineral Area women’s basketball team before her sophomore season began by head coach Gary Koch.

The returning point guard was indeed a steady force during an uncertain season that ultimately reached a rewarding conclusion for the Lady Cardinals.

Winter showed durability by playing more than 34 minutes per game, and helped Mineral Area capture its second Region 16 title in program history despite a 16-16 record.

She followed a second all-region selection with national recognition, receiving Honorable Mention as the NJCAA announced its All-America teams on Friday.

Winter averaged 13.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.4 steals to pace Mineral Area in those statistical categories. She also shot 76 percent from the line and sank 54 3-point field goals.

The Perth, Australia native is expected to choose her next school as early as this week with at least three NCAA Division I offers being considered.

Winter recorded eight double-doubles as a sophomore, and notched a triple-double on Dec. 2 against Dyersburg State with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

She knocked down 16-of-16 free throws during the season opener against John A. Logan, and tallied 25 points in February at Arkansas Baptist.

Winter is the fifth Lady Cardinal to appear on the All-America list in six years. That group includes former teammate and current UT-Martin forward Janekia Mason.

Matt King is the sports editor for the Daily Journal. Contact him at mking@dailyjournalonine.com

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