The Neosho Wildcats will have a pair of representatives Sunday in the SWMO Basketball All-Star Game at Lebanon High School.
A.C. Marion and Madison Flynn will help their respective Central Ozark Conference boys and girls all-star teams against the best players from the Ozark Conference.
Marion led Neosho in scoring with 14 points per game and he added four rebounds per night. He was consistent scoring the basketball nearly all season — starting with 11 points against Seneca on December 14, Marion reached double-digits in points 18 of his last 19 high school games.
Marion earned all-tournament honors in the Neosho Holiday Classic, thanks to performances like 26 points against Lamar and 31 points against McLain Science & Tech, both career highs. Marion later reached 28 points against Branson in Central Ozark Conference play and that performance came right after his worst night of the season, two points against Carthage.
The Neosho boys reached the district championship game for the first time since 2003.
Flynn, Neosho’s lone senior on a roster dominated by juniors and sophomores with minimal varsity experience entering the season, led the way for the Lady Wildcats and she averaged 12.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.4 steals.
Flynn’s best night came in early December during a 51-42 victory over Cassville, when the senior came through with a career-high 30 points on 12 of 19 shooting (63 percent) from the field and 6-8 from the line. She grabbed 10 rebounds for her first career double-double and had one assist and one steal in the nine-point victory over a district foe.
Flynn grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Republic, giving her a second double-double.
Flynn’s quickness produced 57 steals — including eight games with at least four steals — and 133 deflections, plus 11 charges taken.
Flynn missed two games due to a concussion.
The Neosho girls, with a victory over rival McDonald County, won their first district tournament game since 2009.
Marion’s COC teammates are Branson’s Trey Bernard, Catholic’s Jake Branham, Webb City’s Alex Gaskill, Bolivar’s Ian Jones and Levi Manning, Marshfield’s Triston Letterman, Ozark’s Parker Ramsdell, Nixa’s Luke Roeman, Rogersville’s Ryker Strong and Luke Vandersnick, Republic’s Broc Smith, and Carl Junction’s Luke Vandersnick.
Flynn’s COC teammates are Willard’s quartet of Nona Adamson, Hannah Bird, Lizzie Brennan, and Josie Sanders, Republic’s Halli Bartlesmeyer, Catholic’s Lilly Edwards and Lindsey Murphy, Rogersville’s trio of Jordyn Gault, Maci McHenry, and Taylor Overstreet, and Webb City’s Madeline Hayes.
Game times are 3:15 p.m. for the girls and 7 p.m. for the boys. Admission $8.