By Justin Whitaker
— Two girls’ basketball players end their careers with four straight appearances on the Hendricks County Flyer’s All-County team.
Brownsburg’s Stephanie Mavunga and Tri-West’s Lauren DeSutter made an impact for their respective programs the moment they stepped on the court their freshman seasons.
Mavunga made the All-County first-team all four years and DeSutter was first-team all but her freshman year when she was selected to the second-team.
Over the past four seasons, Brownsburg’s record is 76-18 and Tri-West’s is 68-21. Mavunga and DeSutter are mostly responsible for those two superb records and it shows.
This season Mavunga, the county’s second-ever McDonald’s All-American, led the way for the Bulldogs’ first sectional championship in 12 years and a 20-4 record.
The North Carolina bound recruit averaged county highs of 23 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks per game. Mavunga also shot 62.5 percent from the field and made 9 of 10 3-pointers on the season.
She also became Brownsburg’s all-time leading scorer and set a school-record for most points scored in game with 44 against Plainfield.
In 2012-13, DeSutter averaged 22.3 points, 5.3 steals and 3.5 assists per game. She graduates from Tri-West with quite a legacy.
She won two sectional titles and just missed the Bruins’ career-points record. The Franklin College bound guard did set the Tri-West single season scoring record with 490 points this season. She also owns Bruins records for career steals (249) and free throw percentage (80.9).
Cascade senior Brandyce Sallee made the All-County team for the third straight season. She averaged 17.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.1 steals per game to lead the Cadets to a 14-8 record this season.
The do-it-all player became Cascade’s all-time leading scorer in late January with 18 points scored against Zionsville.
Sallee is headed to Butler next year to play softball, but the dynamic athlete showed her versatility in playing volleyball and basketball at a high level.
Joining her Cadet teammate on the All-County team is junior Sydney Stein. She averaged 12.3 points and nine rebounds a game for Cascade.
Brownsburg was the only county team to win its sectional and others beside Mavunga were essential to the Bulldogs’ success.
Senior Kayle Comer provided an outside threat for Brownsburg as she averaged seven points and also typically defended opponents’ best perimeter player. Comer also made the All-County first team as a junior.
Freshman Aliyah Walker was a major contributor on a Bulldogs team that featured seven seniors. Walker averaged 6.9 points, five rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
Sophomore Karen Jones provided a solid low post presence for DeSutter and Tri-West that just continued to improve as the season continued.
Jones averaged 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds on the season but it was the end of year when she really found her niche. The sophomore averaged 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds in the final eight games of the season.
Danville showed a drastic improvement from its 2011-12 3-18 season with a 11-10 record in 2012-13 and appearance in the sectional championship game.
Junior Chelsea Gould and freshman Hannah Newby were instrumental in the Warriors’ one season turnaround.
Gould scored a team-high 8.2 points per game and also contributed 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
Newby contributed 7.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
Avon’s young duo of freshman Shelle Daniels and sophomore Brooke Peters were instrumental to the Orioles this season.
Daniels scored a team-high 10.2 points per game and also contributed 5.3 rebounds per game.
Peters provided a spark that brought 7.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.
Plainfield senior Katie Robertson averaged 6.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and a team-high 3.4 assists per game. Robertson also shot a team best 74 percent from the free-throw line.
All-County Second-Team: Brownsburg’s Lindsey Low, Margaret Oles and Chloe Dygert; Cascade’s Roxanna Gaddis; Avon’s Megan Price and Rachel Griffin; Danville’s Allie Lake and Morgan Bear; Tri-West’s Katrina Headlee; Plainfield’s Mackenzie Jeffries and Sophia Wilson; Bethesda Christian’s Morgan Reffeitt, Carly Baker, and Cassie Mitchell.