Labette dominates KJCCC All-Conference awards

Denijsha Wilson is the KJCCC DII Player of the Year.
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The Labette women’s basketball team has six players on the KJCCC DII All-Conference list, including the player of the year and defensive player of the year.

On top of that, Labette head coach Mitch Rolls has been named the KJCCC DII Coach of the Year.

Denijsha Wilson is the KJCCC DII Player of the Year. Wilson led the Cardinals’ balanced attack with 11.8 points per game this season, while also pulling down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishing out 3.1 assists per game.

Diamond Jones is the league’s defensive player of the year. Jones averaged 1.7 steals per game, and consistently locked down opposing teams’ top scorers. The Cardinals allowed better than 54.4 points per game for the season, only 56. 8 in conference-only games.

Mitch Rolls is the KJCCC DII Coach of the Year. In his 5th year with the program, he led the Cardinals to a 23-4 record and a conference title. Labette is ranked #2 in the country, and is on an 8-game winning streak heading into the post-season.

Wilson is on the KJCCC All-Conference 1st team. Jones is joined by Jessica Martino and Angel Williams on the All-Conference 2nd team. Jordan Chiles and Jayla Smith have each earned 3rd team All-Conference honors for the Cardinals.

Below is the release from the KJCCC:

The Labette Cardinals women’s basketball team may have been a sleeper pick at the beginning of the season, but nobody is sleeping on them now as KJCCC Division I league champions.

The Cardinals nearly made a clean sweep of the league’s all-conference honors this year.  Denejsha Wilson is the league’s Player of the Year, while Diamond Jones is the Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Mitch Rolls is the conference’s Coach of the Year. Only Kansas City’s Kamryn Estell kept it from being a Cardinals’ sweep as she was named the league’s Freshman of the Year.

DENEJSHA WILSON – PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The Cardinals’ leading scorer in a very balanced offensive attack, Wilson averaged 11.8 points per game, which ranked seventh in the KJCCC. She 13 games scoring in double figures, including a key three-game stretch – at Kansas City, at Highland and Johnson County at home – where she had 20, 23 and 21 points in three Cardinals wins to clinch the KJCCC title.

She averaged 12.2 points per game in conference-only games.

In 24 games played (seven starts), Wilson averaged 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists (fourth in KJCCC) and 2.5 steals per game.

Wilson shot 44.7 percent from the field, including 35.2 percent from 3-point range (25 of 72) and she lead the KJCCC in free-throw percentage at 78.5 percent).

DIAMOND JONES – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

One of the toughest on-ball defenders in the league, Jones helped the Cardinals make key defensive stops throughout the season en route to a league title.

Jones averaged 1.7 steals per game, but moreover, was able to consistently lock down opposing teams’ top scorers. The Cardinals allowed better than 54.4 points per game for the season, only 56. 8 in conference-only games.

MITCH ROLLS – COACH OF THE YEAR

Now in his fifth season at the helm of the Cardinals, Rolls broke through with a conference title, posting a 23-4 overall record and a 9-1 league mark. Labette goes into the postseason riding an eight-game winning streak.

The Cardinals ranked fourth in the KJCCC in scoring offense this season at 74.6 points per game. Defensively, the Cardinals were tough allowing only 54.4 points per outing. Opposing teams shot only 34.7 percent and 27.1 percent from distance.

KAMRYN ESTELL – FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

The KJCCC’s third-leading scorer, Kamryn Estell had an exceptional first season with the Blue Devils.

Estell averaged 15.0 points per game to lead KCK. She was also the league’s sixth-leading rebounder with 7.4 boards per game. And she ranked fourth in field-goal percentage at 55.7 percent. Estell got to the free-throw line more than any other conference player, hitting 124 of 189 attempts this season.

Estell had 24 games scoring in double figures with a high of 29 against Southeastern Illinois. She posted five double-doubles this season.

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