BURNET — Burnet High School seniors Kerstyn Towslee and Shay Graeter, who helped guide the Lady Dawgs to back-to-back basketball regional semifinal appearances, were recognized with some notable post-season honors, recently.
Graeter was selected to the Class 3A All-Region 1 team and the Class 3A All-State Team by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Towslee was named to the Class 3A All-Region 1 squad.PHOTO 1: Burnet senior guard Kerstyn Towslee is bumped as she goes in for the fast-break layup. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
PHOTO 2: Burnet senior guard Shay Graeter was named the District 8-3A Most Valuable Player. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro
Graeter also was tabbed for participation in the Class 1-3A All-Star Game by the Texas Girls Coaches Association slated for July 15 at The University of Texas at Arlington.
“We’re excited for Kerstyn and Shay,” said head coach Mike Cavender. “It’s been special to watch how these two young ladies have developed over the past six years. To watch their abilities and competitive spirit grow to where they are now has been a privilege to be a part of. Their leadership on the floor and their big play ability were keys in our success this season. They are both very deserving of the honors they received.
Graeter completed the season averaging 12 points a game shooting a notable 36 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point range and 74 percent from the free-throw line, while playing four full quarters nearly every game. The senior point guard also averaged four rebounds, four assists and four steals a contest and drew four charges during the season.
Towslee’s end-of-year statistics included a 10-point scoring average. She connected on 44 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Towslee also managed three rebounds, three assists and three steals a game and drew nine charges over the season.
“You have to have a solid résumé throughout the season as well as playing a part (on) a great team to maintain a high state ranking throughout the season and make two straight tournament runs,” Cavender said.
The coach also shared some of his own memories of the senior duo.
“Both girls have given me many memories to keep,” Cavender said. “One memory of Shay was the night against Whitney when she dished out 13 assists, most of them with the wow factor included. Kerstyn’s 16 points against China Spring in the third round of the playoffs was amazing.
“The biggest memory was probably beating Liberty Hill at Liberty Hill,” the coach added. “They both probably played their best games ever in the biggest moment with the lights the brightest. It’s was playoff ball in January.”