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Triton Central sophomore Maya Chandler (10) and freshman forward Tenleigh Phelps (34) received the most votes for the All-County First Team. Chandler has been named The Shelbyville News Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
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From left to right, Maya Chandler of Triton Central, Morgan Wood of Waldron, Lexi Wilkins of Southwestern, Victoria Shaw of Waldron and Tenleigh Phelps of Triton Central, have been named First Team All-County. Chandler, a sophomore, has been named The Shelbyville News Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
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Morgan Wood (5)Maya Chandler (middle, 10)Victoria Shaw (42)Lexi Wilkins (20)

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

FAIRLAND — Maya Chandler played an important role on the Lady Tigers varsity team two seasons ago. Triton Central finished 23-2 after spending most of the year ranked No. 1 in Class 2A.

Chandler averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 steals per contest. Although impressive for a rookie guard, this season Chandler was on another level.

Dominant at times, the sophomore led TC to the regional final at Speedway and finished with a stat line that will make you look twice -- 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.4 steals.

Standing 5’6, Chandler used her athleticism, quickness and high basketball IQ to become a menace for opposing coaches. She is a leader, can score at all three levels and is a willing passer and defender. What else could a head coach want out of his point guard?

For her improved play this season, Chandler has been named The Shelbyville News Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She received eight of nine first-place votes.

“It is pretty flattering,” Chandler said of winning the award. “I definitely think I improved a lot (from freshman to sophomore season) and played with more confidence. I knew we would need me to be an a better all-around player with what we were losing. I was just working on my individual game. My teammates made my job easier.”

Chandler was also named All-ICC by the Indiana Crossroads Conference this season and made the IBCA Small School All-State team with teammate Tenleigh Phelps, a freshman forward. Phelps, who averaged 15.1 ppg and 7.7 rpg, received the other first-place vote. She was also named First Team All-County.

“Maya was a great point guard to have on the floor at all times, and she did great things this year,” Phelps said. “Once we all started playing together in the summer, it all fell into place.”

Triton Central finished its season 21-5, winning county and sectional titles. Chandler was named Most Valuable Player of the Shelby County Tournament.

TC fell to a hot-shooting Winchester Community team in the regional final after handling South Putnam in the semifinal round. In ICC play, Chandler helped the Tigers finish second overall at 6-1. Triton Central fell at Beech Grove by five points in the conference finale to finish behind the Hornets (7-0).

The Tigers, with the help of Chandler and senior guards Rynisha Holly and Haley Schneider, held opponents to 40.2 ppg this year -- tops in the ICC.

Chandler, who also participates in volleyball and tennis at the school, had a season-high 30 points against Shelbyville and nearly had a triple double against North Decatur, finishing with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. The sophomore finished second on the team with 26 made threes (39 percent) behind Schneider and was 84 of 113 (74 percent) from the foul line.

TC, which ended the year ranked No. 8 in its class, was 6-0 against teams in Shelby County.

Playing on the Indiana Flight Attack AAU team, Chandler said she knows what she can do to improve this offseason -- a scary thought for those who have to face her next year. 

“I always need to get better at shooting and will take a lot of shots this summer,” Chandler said. “But I need to get better at moving without the ball. I need to know when to cut based on how the defense reacts.”

Other first-team members include Southwestern freshman Lexi Wilkins and Waldron juniors Morgan Wood and Victoria Shaw. Wilkins led her team and was third in the area in scoring at 14.1 ppg. She led Shelby County and all freshman in Indiana with 70 made 3-pointers.

Wood led the Mohawks in scoring in a turnaround season. She finished the year averaging 14.0 points (fourth in county), 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. With a quick release, Wood made 35 threes, which was good enough for third in the county.

Wood’s teammate, junior Victoria Shaw, was one of the most consistent players in the area this year. Waldron head coach Anthony Thomas knew what he was going to get each night. She finished the year averaging 11.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game and shot 40 percent from the field.

Wood is the only member of the team named to the All-County First Team last season. All five members will return next season.

The All-County Second Team includes Southwestern senior Annie Coy and junior Madison Van Gorden, Morristown junior Cambie Poole and senior Alayna Munson and Waldron junior Hannah Sullivan.

The All-County Third Team includes Shelbyville junior Olivia Knarr, Triton Central seniors Haley Schneider and Rynisha Holly and Morristown juniors Raegan Butcher and Brooklyn Langkabel.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.

2017-18 Shelby News All-County Girls Basketball Team

Coach of the Year: Anthony Thomas, Waldron

Player of the Year: Maya Chandler, Triton Central

First Team All-County

Maya Chandler, TC

Tenleigh Phelps, TC

Morgan Wood, WA

Lexi Wilkins, SW

Victoria Shaw, WA

Second Team All-County

Annie Coy, SW

Madison Van Gorden, SW

Cambie Poole, MT

Hannah Sullivan, WA

Alayna Munson, MT

Third Team All-County

Olivia Knarr, SHS

Haley Schneider, TC

Raegan Butcher, MT

Brooklyn Langkabel, MT

Rynisha Holly, TC

Also receiving votes: Bella Cooper (TC), Carris Decatur (SHS), Emmy Wendling (SW), Kat Parker (MT), Grace Young (MT), Danielle Phillips (SW).