The postseason accolades mounted for the members of the Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball program over the weekend as both the NJCAA All-Region 16 and All-Missouri Community College Athletic Conference teams were announced.
MACC placed three players on the All-Region First Team and a fourth was named to the second team, while a total of seven players earned either first or second team all-conference.
Anisha George, who led the region in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage, was named the Region 16 Player of the Year as she averaged 15.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 69.3 percent from the field. She currently ranks second in the nation in field goal percentage and 28th in total blocks with 52. George recorded 12 double-doubles on the season, including a 24 point, 15 rebound performance against Wabash Valley College and a 21 point, 18 rebound game against Northwest Mississippi.
“This is a tremendous honor for Anisha,” said Lady Greyhound head coach Chad Killinger. “She has worked hard since last spring to improve her all-around game and it has really shown. Her ability to finish with both hands is greatly improved since her freshman season, as well as her overall conditioning. Her improvement has been a huge key in our success this season.”
Joining George as First Team All-Region selections were Angelica Wiggins and Jocelyn Taylor.
Wiggins leads MACC with 43 three point field goals, while averaging 11.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 steals. She recently scored a career high 29 points in the Region 16 semi-final contest against State Fair Community College and registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the opening region game of the season against Three Rivers Community College.
“Angelica is one of the best pure athletes that I have ever coached,” said Killinger. “It’s amazing to think that she averaged a little over one point per game as a high school senior. The raw talent and ability to score has always been there and during her time here she has improved her work ethic drastically. Her career at MACC is a direct reflection of that and her best basketball is still ahead of her, in my opinion.”
Taylor has proven herself to be a jack of all trades throughout the course of the season, showing an ability to score, rebound, and defend. She averaged just under 10 points per game, as well as 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, one block, and a team leading 2.3 steals per game. She scored her season high of 24 points against Lincoln Land Community College earlier this season and had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the conference championship clinching victory over State Fair in mid-February.
“It would have been great to have had the opportunity to work with Jocelyn for two years,” said Killinger. “She had to do everything at her previous school and adjusting to our style of play has taken her some time. I refer to her as our ‘swiss army knife’ because she is such a versatile player. She plays multiple positions offensively and can defend just about every position as well.”
Brianna Perry, who has started all but one game during her two-year career at MACC, was named Second Team All-Region. Perry averaged eight points per game and just under three assists and three rebounds, while ranking second in the region in assist to turnover ratio. She scored 36 points against Jefferson College in the home finale, coming up just two points short of placing her name in the record books for Top 10 scoring performances by a Lady Greyhound.
“I was happy to see Bri get recognized for her contributions,” said Killinger. “She just quietly goes about her business and does a great job of filling her role. She runs the floor to help our fast break get started, knocks down open jumpers, and takes care of the ball as well as anybody we’ve had in her position.”
Both George and Wiggins were named First Team All-MCCAC, while Perry, Taylor, Sentreal Gregory, Alexis Henry, and Lunden Henry were all named second team.
“To have seven players named all-conference is amazing,” said Killinger. “It really speaks to the depth that we have on our roster and the unselfishness with which this group plays. I couldn’t be happier for each of them, especially knowing how hard they have all worked to be in this position.”