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Four ladies among the state's hoop leadersPosted Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 8:30 PM
There are four girls basketball players who have earned a little extra notice for their abilities on the court by making the list of statistical leaders by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Linton-Stockton's Stephanie Fougerousse and Savannah Mason join Union (Dugger)'s Shayna Nicol and Morgan Stanifer as being listed among the top 50 in different catagories as of last week.
Fougerousse, the 6 foot 1 inch post player for the Lady Miners and coach Brad McKinney has earned the honor in four catagories -- points per game, rebounds per game, field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
Fougerousse's 22.9 points per game average puts her sixth among the state's scorers. She has 149 field goals, six 3-pointers and has been successful on 139 free throws for a total of 457 points.
In rebounding Fougerousse currently sits third behind LaShawna Payne of Northwest and Beth Mahurin of Rockville.
Payne averages 15.4, Mahurin 14.7 and Fougerousse 14.4.
In her 25 games this season Fougerousse pulled in 135 offensive and 152 defensive rebounds for a total of 287. Her season high was 23.
While her ranking doesn't reach the top 10 in the next two catagories, it's still impressive to see Fougerousse ranked 54th in the state in field goal percentage and 33rd in 3-point shooting.
From the field this year Fougerousse was 155-299 through the week ending Feb. 20 which translates to a 51.8 percent clip.
In free throws she connected on 139 of 176 for a .790 ratio.
Fougerousse's Lady Miners teammate Mason is currently ranked 30th in assists with 77 on the year for a 4.4 per game average. Her season high was 11.
The Union (Dugger) duo of Stanifer and Nicol are ranked among the state's best in assists and rebounding respectively.
Stanifer averaged 3.9 assists per game with a high of nine. She finished the year with 77 helpers placing her 47th on the list.
Nicol, who plays the post for Lady Bulldogs' coach Benji Boyd, finished the season ranked 13th among board crashers.
The junior powerhouse finished the campaign with 76 offensive and 140 defensive for a total of 216 on the year. That works out to an average of 14.4 boards per game. Her season high was 20.
One thing fans should keep in mind is that these numbers are based on totals submitted to the state through the week ending Feb. 20 and will likely change as the postseason progresses.
But that still shouldn't diminish the accomplishment for these fine athletes, nor should it detract from what they did to earn these places and be recognized among the best in the state at what they did on the basketball court.
I for one am truly proud to say I have seen each of them in action and believe they truly deserve to be recognized for the achievements.
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