Eight Broncos earn All-District honors; Haywood named Defensive Player of the Year

Basketball, Girls Basketball, Winter Sports

Trey Hunter

March 19, 2024
Mya Alston (So.) rises above two Edmond Memorial defenders during Mustang's quarterfinals matchup with the Bulldogs earlier this month at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Alston and seven of her teammates earned All-District honors following the State Tournament. (Photo by Ron Lane / Lane Images)

Eight Mustang Bronco players earned 6A-1 All-District honors last week, including three selected to the First Team and one to the Second Team.

Cherish Haywood (Jr.) headed the list as the 6A-1 Defensive Player of the Year.

She earned the award and was selected the All-District First Team after leading the Broncos with 72 steals. She finished with 66 deflections, 10 blocked shots, and three charges and was also a force offensively, averaging 11.2 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Parker Simonsen (Sr.) and Mya Alston (So.) were also selected to the All-District First Team.

Cherish Haywood (Jr.) attempts a shot over Edmond Memorial’s Janiyah Williams during the Class 6A State Tournament quarterfinals earlier this month at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Haywood was recently named the 6A-1 Defensive Player of the Year. (Photo by Ron Lane / Lane Images)

Simonsen, a UCO-signee, averaged 10.3 points per game while adding 3.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds. She shot 38-percent from the floor, including 32.5-percent from three-point range.

Defensively, Simonsen finished with 24 steals, 26 deflections, and a team-high six charges taken.

Alston burst onto the scene this year, averaging a team-high 13.4 points per game while adding 2.7 rebounds. She shot over 47-percent from the floor while shooting over 41-percent from three-point range.

On the defensive end, Alston finished with 44 steals and a team-high 77 deflections. She also blocked two shots and took two charges.

Christal Long (Jr.) was selected to the All-District Second Team after a stellar season.

She averaged a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game while adding 5.5 points per game on 47-percent shooting. As one of the team’s top defensive players, Long finished with 43 steals and 39 deflections to go with nine blocks.

Kamryn Bass (Sr.), Camryn Engles (Sr.), Riley Trammell (Sr.), and Eliana Valentin Florance (Jr.) earned All-District Honorable Mention honors.

Mustang point guard Parker Simonsen (Sr.) drives past an Edmond Memorial defender during the Class 6A State Tournament quarterfinals earlier this month at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Simonsen was recently selected to the 6A-1 All-District First Team. (Photo by Ron Lane / Lane Images)

Bass, one of the team’s top three-point shooters, averaged just under four points per game. Engles and Trammell played valuable minutes throughout the season, combining for 161 rebounds and 112 points.

Valentin Florance averaged 4.3 points per game and totaled 20 assists on the season.

The Broncos went 10-4 in 6A-1 district play, finishing third behind district champion Edmond North and runner-up Putnam City North.

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Trey Hunter is the owner and publisher of the Mustang Sports Review. He graduated from Mustang High School in 2006 before graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma with a journalism degree in 2011. He has covered Mustang sports for multiple publications as well as high school sports and professional basketball for other outlets. Contact Trey for story ideas or reach out with information. PHONE: (405) 659-9898 EMAIL: TreyHunter1987@gmail.com

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