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The Eagle’s 2012-13 All-Metro girls basketball team

Published March 13 at 2:17 p.m. | Last updated March 14 at 7:42 a.m.

This is the ninth year for All-Metro teams selected by The Eagle, recognizing the best high school athletes in team sports throughout Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

Last month, Eagle high school beat writer Joanna Chadwick sent nomination ballots to all basketball coaches at the 40 high schools in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

Coaches were asked to return the ballots with nominations of the best players within those counties that they saw this season, including their own players.

Chadwick selected the team after tabulating nominations, her own evaluation of players and additional input from coaches.

KENDRIAN ELLIOTT

6-2, fr., South

Elliott, who had an offer from Wichita State before entering high school, helped lead South to a 24-1 record, the Class 6A title and City League title. South last won state and league titles in 1978. Elliott was a force in the lane, averaging 14 points and 13 rebounds.

ALLI HEIMERMAN

5-6, sr., Garden Plain

Heimerman, a two-time All-Metro selection, led Garden Plain to the Class 3A title game and a 24-2 record. Heimerman’s quickness caused opponents problems because she used that speed to get to the rim or get a steal. She averaged 14 points, six assists and four rebounds.

ABBIE LEHMAN

6-3, sr., Newton

Lehman, who has signed with Wichita State for volleyball, led Newton (20-5) to third in Class 5A. Lehman used her height to alter shots, but she also had an uncanny knack for blocking shots. She averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and led the Class 5A tourney with 35 rebounds and eight blocks.

PAIGE LUNGWITZ

5-11, sr., Maize

Lungwitz, who led the Eagles (21-4) to the Class 6A tourney for the fourth straight season, is a two-time All-Metro selection. Lungwitz’s versatility was her strength, but she also could take over games with a well-timed basket or steal. She averaged 15 points and shot 85.4 percent from the line. She has signed with Pittsburg State.

KATIE PALMER

5-8, sr., Heights

Palmer, a two-time All-Metro selection, led Heights to the Class 6A title game despite being the No. 7 seed. Palmer, who played in three straight 6A title games, has signed with Missouri State. Palmer’s ballhandling skills were her strength and she averaged 16 points. She also averaged 4.1 steals, 3.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds.

ANTWAIN SCALES

South coach

Scales, in his second season, led the Titans to the Class 6A title with a 24-1 record, the program’s first title since 1978. South also won a share of the City League title, their first since 1978. Scales, who took over a program coming off three straight losing seasons, did it with a starting lineup consisting of two freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors.