Caldwell named 51st District POY

Published 2:02 pm Monday, February 25, 2019

The 13th Region Media released their district award winners over the week with three local girls making the cut. Pineville sophomore guard Whitney Caldwell was named 51st District Player of the Year as well as being named to the all-district team.

Pineville sophomore center Raigan King was named the 51st District Breakthrough Player of the Year, and Bell County junior guard Abby Harris was named 52nd District Breakthrough Player of the Year as well as being named to the all-district team.

After a freshman campaign where she averaged 9.9 points, Caldwell increased her offensive productivity to a team-leading 16.4 points per game this season. She was also second on the team in rebounding averaging 5.9 boards from the point guard position.

“To be named Player of the Year and all-district is such an honor,” said Caldwell. “I’m so thankful for everyone that put me in the position to be recognized for these awards. My coaches and teammates have pushed me hard all season long and expected the best out of me. I’m just so thankful to play the game I love. I’ve worked hard the last few years, and it feels good to see it pay off.”

Averaging 9.5 points per game as a freshman, Pineville’s King improved her offensive productivity to 16.3 points per game this season. She nearly averaged a double-double tallying 8.7 boards per game.

“Getting Breakthrough Player of the Year is a phenomenal feeling,” said King. “It was truly a surprise to me. I’ve worked so hard this season, and it’s nice to see it pay off. I’m thankful for my parents for supporting me and my coaches for pushing me so hard to be the best I can be. I’m also thankful for my teammates for pushing me so hard and making me a better team player.”

Bell County’s Harris was named the 52nd District Breakthrough Player of the Year as well as being named to the all-district team. Harris led the Lady Bobcats with 17.5 points per game this season.

“I’m so thankful to have been named Breakthrough Player of the Year,” said Harris. “I’m very thankful to be recognized individually, but I couldn’t have done a single bit of it without my team. My teammates, coaches and parents have pushed me to be the best I can be, and it’s paying off. Every class, practice and game have made me the best that I can be, and I am very thankful to be recognized.”