Ripley’s Hall earns Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention

Mark Martin

In the balloting for the Class AAA Girls All-State Basketball Team, Ripley’s McKenna Hall earned Honorable Mention.

It’s a good building block for the Ripley sophomore who head coach John Kennedy will be counting on the next two seasons.

Hall averaged 12 points per game this past season for the Lady Vikings.

Kennedy couldn’t have been happier upon learning of the accolade for Hall.

“Her effort got that for her,” said Kennedy, Ripley’s hard-working head coach. “She deserves it. Many coaches we played this season texted or called me after we played commending her for her play and her all-out effort.

“She puts a smile on your face as her coach. While others only wish and shake their heads watching her play. Too many people are missing out on a great show when she plays.”

The Class AAA All-State First Team was led by co-captains Baylee Goins of state champion Nitro and Fairmont Senior’s Marley Washenitz. The two recently shared the Mary Ostrowski Award for the top player in the state.

Goins is a senior and Washenitz is a junior.

Logan junior Peyton Ilderton, Fairmont junior Meredith Maier, Amya Damon, a junior from Huntington St. Joe, Hannah Perdue, a junior out of PikeView, North Marion senior Karlie Denham and sophomore teammate Olivia Toland are also on the First Team.

The Second Team consists of captain Victoria Sturm of Robert C. Byrd along with Wheeling Central senior Marisa Horan, Nitro sophomore Taylor Maddox, Alana Eves, a senior from Wayne, Midland Trail senior Emily Dickerson, Winfield sophomore Meghan Taylor, Reece Enochs, a senior from Oak Glen, and North Marion junior Kaitlyn Carson.

Kennedy feels the honor for Hall will be a great motivator not only for her in the offseason but other Lady Vikings who will return for the 2021-22 season.

“Every coach wants that effort (Hall gave) out of every single player that’s on their team,” Kennedy said. “She’s getting her own rebound and finishing her misses, diving recklessly on the floor for loose balls and always wanting to win. I’m very proud of her.”