Speed in abundance is Missouri girls roster’s edge for upcoming Muddy River Showcase


Palmyra's Taytum White is one of several multi-sport players representing the Missouri girls team in the Muddy River Showcase, taking place at 2 p.m. June 15 at John Wood Community College's Student Activity Center. | Mathew Kirby photo

QUINCY — The collection of all-stars comprising the Missouri girls roster for the Muddy River Showcase don’t have to worry about a need for speed.

They have it in abundance.

Four members of the Show Me State squad competed in the state track and field championships, two others plan to play softball in college and one was part of a history-making golf team. They all had a hand in their team’s success on the basketball court.

Here is an alphabetical look at the Missouri girls roster which takes the floor June 15 at John Wood Community College’s Student Activity Center:

Macie Fisher, Canton — Fisher was named the Class 2 District 5 Player of the Year after helping the Tigers. Fisher averaged 11.9 points per game while shooting a team-leading 45.5 percent from the field and making a team-leading 46 3-pointers. Fisher has signed to play softball at Kirkwood Community College.

Madi Gares, Monroe City — The steady climb back to where the Panthers traditionally have been — the top of the Clarence Cannon Conference — has been led by Gares and the other upperclassmen. Monroe City has improved its victory total each of the past two seasons with Gares showing her younger teammates how hard work translates to success..

Candra King, Palmyra — A two-time Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3 all-state selection, King averaged 13.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 55.2 percent from the field. She played in 22 of the Panthers’ 26 games, enduring a late-season ankle injury, but the Iowa State University track and field signee was dominant enough to earn All-Clarence Cannon Conference and all-district honors.

Marissa McEwen, North Shelby — A scrappy defender with a nose for the ball, McEwen’s success on and off the court is based on hard work. She is a celebrated member of the North Shelby Ad Education and FFA programs and played big in big moments, scoring 16 points in the Class 1 district title game.

Kamryn Mitchell, South Shelby — Mitchell qualified for the track and field state championships in both hurdles events and has signed to run at Columbia College, but her speed and athleticism led to success on the court as well. She helped the Lady Birds win 73 games over the past three seasons with a state runner-up finish and a quarterfinal appearance in that span.

Taylor Pfaff, Monroe City — A John Wood Community College signee with plans to play softball and basketball, Pfaff brings length, strength and quality footwork to the hardwood. AN all-conference first baseman on the diamond, she helped Monroe City win the Tony Lenzini Tournament championship last winter.

Baylee Pugh, Hannibal — It was quite a senior year for Pugh. She played on the historic Hannibal girls golf team that qualified for the state tournament and has had a hand in helping the girls basketball program make huge strides. The Pirates won five games combined in her first two years of high school and 34 games the last two.

Ali Reed, Highland — The only senior in Highland’s regular rotation last winter, Reed provided a burst of energy and quickness in the backcourt. She was part of the Cougars’ 4×200 relay team that won a Class 2 state track and field championship and the medal-winning 4×400 relay team and that speed translates to success on the hardwood.

Taytum White, Palmyra — White had options when it came to her college choice as both an all-conference basketball player and a state-caliber track athlete. She chose to hoop it up at Illinois College after averaging 6.7 points and finishing second on the team in assists and 3-pointers made.

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