Four Golden Eagle seniors concluded their girls high school basketball careers with a flourish.
Sara Petty, Skylar Fleak, Hannah Seawell and Leah Shaw were recognized by first-year head coach Steve Palmer with special team awards at the Big Walnut Girls basketball Awards Banquet held Thursday, March 20, in the BWHS Auditorium.
Petty was awarded the coveted Golden Eagle Award for academic and athletic achievements, Fleak the Most Outstanding Player Award, Seawell the Coaches Award and Shaw the Outstanding Defensive Player Award. Junior Makenna Hammond was presented with the Outstanding Offensive Player Award.
Palmer led the Golden Eagles to a 14-9 record which included a tie for fifth place with Worthington Kilbourne with a 6-8 mark in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division. Mount Vernon won the division with a 13-1 record, nosing out Olentangy (23-2) for the divisional crown.
Three Golden Eagles were honored as All-OCC selections, including Fleak (First Team), Hammond (Second Team) and junior Erika Boehm (Honorable Mention). Fleak was also named a First Team All-District 11, First Team All-Delaware County, and Honorable Mention Division I All-Central District selection. Hammond was also named Second Team All-District 11 and Second Team All-Delaware County. Petty earned Third Team All-County Recognition. Boehm, who was also named Honorable Mention All-District 11, joined Seawell, Shaw and junior Cassidy Walaszek as Honorable Mention All-County selections.
Fleak led Big Walnut in scoring with 335 points in 23 games for a 14.6 per-game average. She scored a season-high 25 points versus Licking Valley in a 57-55 double overtime victory the Panthers. Makenna Hammond, who led the Golden Eagles with 23 three-point goals, including four in one game, averaged 12.6 points per game with 289 points in 23 games. Petty, with 151 points in 22 games, averaged 6.9 points per game.
As a team, the Golden Eagles averaged 44.8 points per game with 1,031 points in their 23 outings, outscoring their opponents by an average of 4.2 points per game. Their opponents finished with 935 points, an average of 40.7 per game.
Palmer, joined by assistant coach Gary Miller, awarded nine varsity letters, led by Fleak and Petty who received their third letter. Seawell and Shaw joined Boehm and Hammond as two-year letter recipients while senior Hayley Apple and juniors Kailey Cagle and Cassidy Walazek each received their first varsity letter. Apple, Fleak and Shaw were also awarded their Varsity Blanket while Apple, Fleak, Petty and received their Senior Plaque.
Reserve coach Frank Turner, who led Big Walnut’s reserves to a school-record 17-4, 10-4 OCC campaign, presented junior varsity awards to junior Ashley Ratliff; sophomores Rachael Brown, Skylar Bullock, Madeline Jenkins, Mary Jenkins and Colleen White; and to freshmen Kasey Becker, Taryn Hammond, Kelly Kreager, Katelyn Neff, Bryn Rammelsberg and Alaina Wandling.
Volunteer coach Dave Stein also assisted in the awards presentations.
Big Walnut Scholar Athlete recognition (Varsity Letter/3.20 Grade Point Average) went to Boehm, Cagle, Makenna Hammond, Walaszek, Apple, Petty, Seawell and Shaw. Petty was also recognized as an OCC Scholar Athlete (Senior/3.50 Grade Point Average).