It is not easy for someone from a fourth-place team to capture one of the highest honors among the All-District selections, but Llano’s Cierra Jordan has been named co-Defensive MVP in 8-AAA. Jessica Wunderlich, a fellow senior, landed on the first team in voting done by the coaches—but they could not vote for one of their own.
Jackets’ sophomore Claire Williams grabbed a berth on the second-team.
“This was my best year defensively,” said Jordan, “but I did not expect to get the award.” Plenty of offensive players in the league aren’t stunned. This does not rank up there on the surprise meter with a prediction that cokes will go for 50 cents each at the Erwin Center.
“I was very pleased that Cierra got a superlative for her play,” advised Daryl Friedrich.
“She’s a hard kid to handle,” Burnet’s Mike Cavender declared. “Riana (Bond) can’t catch her, and she’s the fastest I got.”
Cierra scored 20 points in a battle-to-remember with the Bulldogs’ Riley Scott, January 15. Burnet left the Llano gym with a 50-39 win.
Wunderlich could pass for a demur-looking nurse, but she was a bear under the basket—the rebound seemed more important to her than Match.com for Manti Te’o. She’s 5-9 or so but played like she’s 6-2.
Friedrich: “Jessica had a strong district campaign.” She scored 11 points in a 38-28 win at Lampasas and a game-high 14 in a 45-28 victory against Gatesville at home.
“Claire Williams was strong down low,” observed the coach. “Second team is really good for her with two seasons to go.” She’ll grab the role of a leader when practice begins in October. “I had no trouble blending in,” Williams insisted. “The seniors took me in as part of the family.” Claire had a fine athletic year, 2011-2012, as a freshman at Sweetwater.
Taylor Durham, a senior captain along with Jordan and Wunderlich, received honorable mention recognition.
Junior Keeta Vaccaro of Brownwood was league MVP.
The district’s three postseason qualifiers had trouble in the playoffs. Burnet won one and lost one, while champion Liberty Hill and the Lions were defeated in their openers.
Everybody returns with motivation in 2014.