GAINESVILLE — Amber Walterscheid is instant offense, tough defense and the “glue guy” all rolled into one.
The Muenster senior contributed to all phases of the potent Lady Hornet system in helping her team to the Region II-1A semifinals this year.
“Amber was so important,” Muenster coach Jason Atcheson said. “Offensively, defensively - we wouldn’t have the type of year we had without her. She was great on defense and someone you could always count on offense.”
The leadership combined with a 9.8 point, 7 rebound and 4.6 steal per game clip vaulted Walterscheid to be The Register’s All-Cooke County Player of the Year.
Walterscheid also earned All-District 13-1A Most Valuable Player award in leading the Lady Hornets to an undefeated district slate. She also helped Muenster reach its fifth consecutive regional tournament berth.
“She is typically pretty quiet but she did a good job of being more vocal this year,” said Atcheson, who was named the all-county Coach of the Year. “Her leadership was a huge part of our team.”
Gainesville’s Ariannah Kemp was named the All-Cooke County Offensive MVP. The junior averaged 17.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in helping the Lady Leopards to the bi-district playoffs.
Kemp was also named the District 9-3A Offensive MVP but, perhaps, her biggest moment came in the playoffs when she hit a buzzer-beater 3-pointer to tie the game in an overtime loss to Celina.
“Our whole offense ran through her. She is the catalyst for us,” Gainesville coach Alan Driggers said. “She is so level headed. She doesn’t get rattled easily and that’s probably her best attribute. She is calm if we’re up by 10 points or down by 10 and her team feeds off that.”
Call it a family affair, Ariannah Keep’s younger sister Chandler Kemp earned the All-Cooke County Newcomer of the Year award. The freshman averaged 7.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.6 steals per game while running point guard for the Lady Leopards.
She was also named the District 9-3A Defensive MVP.
“She was the defensive stopper,” Driggers said. “We could put her on the other team’s best ball handler or best shooter. She is as good as anybody we have at defense.
“Defense was her big thing this year - we put a lot of focus on that. She is a more than capable offensive player, though.”
A total of six Cooke County teams reached the postseason during the 2012-13 season with Muenster advancing the deepest with a 40-32 loss to Goldthwaite in the regional semifinals. The Lady Leopards finished second in District 9-3A.
Earning All-Cooke County first-team honors is Kiarah Manuel (Gainesville), Lauren Rohmer (Muenster), Michelle Sicking (Muenster), Erika Sappington (Valley View) and Kaitlin Hesse (Sacred Heart).
Earning second-team honors is Logan Knabe (Era), Sydney Beuthien (Era), Sydney Ott (Lindsay), Amberly Colwell (Callisburg) and Hannah Bayer (Muenster).