After making only Piedmont’s second trip to the state semifinals in 57 years last week, Tuesday, postseason accolades rolled in for the Lady Wildcats.
Senior guard Hayden Priddy was named Suburban Conference Player of the Year while head coach Jamie Hill was named conference Coach of the Year, as voted on by the league’s coaches.
Priddy, a Southwestern Oklahoma State signee, averaged just more than 14 points per game this season and bumped that average to more than 23 in the state tournament.
“Hayden has been our rock and our glue all year long. She makes our team go,” Hill said. “This is about her leadership and the fact that she wasn’t afraid to take the team on her back.”
Priddy struggled through a midseason shooting slump, but pulled out of it when Piedmont needed it most. She scored 32 points in the Lady ‘Cats quarterfinals win over Edison and 15 more in a semifinals loss to Tulsa East Central.
Hill was named Suburban Conference Coach of the Year after leading Piedmont to a 22-5 record, a conference and regional championship and a berth in the state semifinals.
“This is just a reflection on my girls and how awesome they are and how hard they work for me. If I didn’t have them this wouldn’t have happened for me,” said Hill.
Hill is 40-11 overall in two seasons as head coach at Piedmont with two state tournament apperances. Hill served as a Piedmont assistant before taking the head coaching job after the 2013 season.
Honored along with Hill, was first team All-Conference selection Bre Reid. Reid averaged more than 13 points per game as a senior and has signed to play collegiately at Division I Southern Utah University this fall.
Reid scored 22 points in Piedmont’s win over Edison and hit the game-winning shot with 2.6 seconds to play in the Lady Wildcats win over Lawton Eisenhower in the regional championship game.
All five Piedmont starters earned postseason recognition. Mina Iyaye was named to the second team roster while sophomore Maddie Sperle and senior forward Kayden Carver received honorable mention recognition on the Suburban Conference All-League team.
“We have a lot of respect from the other teams in our conference,” Hill said of what the recognition means. “It’s just a testament to the fact that we were a team this season. We didn’t just rely on one person and that’s reflected in these awards.”