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OC’s Fussell All-Stater again

OC’s Fussell All-Stater again

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 2:35 pm

By MIKE HUTCHENS
Sports Editor
Another month, another honor for Chassidy Fussell.
Named Most Valuable Player of rugged District 13AA in February and winner of the prestigious Miss Basketball Award in March, Fussell was chosen today as a repeat All-Stater by members of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
The honor is simply the latest in a long list of accolades for Fussell — arguably the most-decorated female player ever at Obion County Central High School.
“It’s another individual accomplishment that’s much-deserved because of the time and effort she puts in outside of what’s required of her,” said OCCHS skipper Lyle LaRue, who coached Fussell just one season.
“I’ve said all along, she’s the hardest-working player I’ve ever seen. And no doubt, she certainly is deserving of being an all-stater again.”
A University of Texas signee and McDonald’s All-America nominee, the multi-talented 5-10 guard/forward finished as the school’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer with nearly 2,500 points — trailing only Rosemary (Thompson) Coleman in that category.
Fussell averaged 26.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists per-game this past season on her way to being named “Best of the Best” in a league that produced the ultimate Class 2A champion for the second straight year in GCHS and four other all-staters.
She was joined on the Class 2A All-State team by three members of two-time state champion Gibson County (Heather Butler, Heather Griffin and Aubrey Reedy) — all headed to UT Martin as part of former Lady Pioneer coach Kevin McMillan’s first recruiting class.
Westview standout Amber Rechis was also picked for the glitter unit, giving District 13AA five players on the glitter unit.
Butler, Griffin and Rechis — like Fussell — all received all-state designation for the second straight year.
During the regular season, Fussell shot 55.8 percent from the field — including 36.3 percent from 3-point range — and 79.9 percent from the free throw line.
She scored 30 or more points in 21 of 27 regular season games when Obion Central grabbed a share of the 13AA crown and broke Gibson County’s 55-game winning streak by handing the Lady Pioneers their only loss of the last two seasons.
Like her all-state appointment, it was the second straight year Fussell was named MVP at the 13AA circuit that boasted of the state champion.
As a junior, Fussell averaged 30.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and four assists per-game to emerge as one of the state’s top 2A individual performers.
She averaged 18.3 points and 4.9 rebounds as a sophomore.
Sports writers from across the state nominated and voted for players for the team.
A complete list of the both the girls’ and boys’ Class 2A All-State teams can be found on page 11 of today’s sports section.
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Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.9.10

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