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Three Lady Vandals make all-SCC-East team

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By Seth Whitehead

Three Vandalia Community High school juniors have been named to the South Central Conference East Division Girls Basketball Team.

Guard Shelby Cearlock and forward Laura Hobbie were named to the first team, while center Cassie Warner was named to the second team.

The trio led the Lady Vandals to a school-record 22 victories and a pair of tournament championships last season.

Hobbie was named to the first team for the second year in a row after leading the Lady Vandals in scoring at just under 12 points per game.

Hobbie was consistent throughout the season, averaging 11.9 ppg in league play as well, in addition to shooting 55 percent from the field and grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game against SCC-East foes.

Hobbie was also named the MVP of the Mattoon Tournament, in addition to making the all-Sandoval Tournament Team.

Cearlock earned a first-team nod for the first time in her career after averaging 11.6 ppg and leading the team in steals.

She stepped up her scoring in conference games, averaging 14.1 ppg, while hitting 57 percent from the floor, including a sizzling 59 percent from 3-point range (16 of 27).

Cearlock scored a career-high 29 points against the host team at the Mattoon Tournament, and was named to the all-tournament team after helping the Lady Vandals take first place.

Warner joined Hobbie and Cearlock in averagingdouble figures in the scoring column, as she came on strong at the end of the season and wound up pumping in 10.1 ppg.

Warner averaged 17 ppg in VCHS's final six games and hit over 90 percent from the foul line during a breakthrough campaign.

In conference play, Warner averaged 11.8 ppg and shot 46 percent from the floor.

Other first-team selections were: Pana senior Olivia Lett, Pana junior Amy Radford and Litchfield junior Erin Dragoo.

Other second team selections were: Greenville senior Ashley Shellman, Litchfield junior Jordan Smith, Pana senior Rachelle Harbert and Hillsboro sophomore Megan Moore.

Earning honorable mentions were: Staunton junior Lauren Newbold, Greenville sophomore Monique Williams and Litchfield freshman Abby Hull.

The Lady Vandals placed second in the SCC-East last season with an 8-2 league mark. Their only two setbacks came to Pana, which went on to an undefeated conference-championship run.