Gaston, Ingram headline All-District 23-6A picks


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PEARLAND — Pearland standout De Yona Gaston was named District 23-6A Most Valuable Player for the third consecutive year by the league coaches after the Mississippi State signee led the Lady Oilers to a 11-1 district record and the league championship.

Pearland advanced to the Class 6A Region III quarterfinals for the third straight year to finish 24-11 overall.

Joining Gaston for one of the league's top honors was Dawson freshman guard Jalayah Ingram who was named 23-6A Offensive Most Valuable Player after leading the Lady Eagles to a second-place tie in district with a 9-3 mark and the playoffs. Dawson fell in the opening round to close out with a 22-15 overall mark.

Gaston averaged 19.4 points per game this season while gathering 5.7 defensive rebounds and 4.5 offensive rebounds per outing. Gaston scored 680 total points. She hit 125-of-188 free throws and 19-of-55 three-pointers. Gaston had 156 offensive and 201 defensive boards while dishing out 42 assists. She also had 51 steals and 92 blocked shots.

Joining Gaston on the All-District first-team from Pearland was senior guard Kyah Barlow and sophomore forward Aryelle Stevens.

Barlow averaged 6.8 ppg while scoring 224 total points. Barlow hit 27-of-115 three-points while canning 47-of-64 free throws. She led Pearland with 98 assists and 62 steals.

Stevens scored 229 total points (6.7 ppg) while grabbing 74 offensive and 135 defensive rebounds. Stevens had 21 assists, 34 steals, and 10 blocked shots.

Named to the second-team for Pearland included junior guard Jasmin Allen and sophomore guard Ashlynn Patrick.

Senior guard Sydni Pinales and sophomore forward Alaina Hampton were honorable mention picks.

Dawson's Ingram paced the Lady Eagles with a 11.9 points per game for a total of 393 points. Ingram hit 37-of-84 three-pointers while hitting 86-of-170 free throws. Ingram had 69 offensive and 101 defensive rebounds while dishing out 80 assists and getting 99 steals.

Joining Ingram on the All-District first-team included senior forward Braelyn Younger and junior guard Olivia Johnson.

Younger scored a total of 222 points (6.0 ppg) while hitting 93-of-219 shots. Younger had 123 offensive and 129 defensive rebounds. She also had 18 assists, 28 steals, and 30 blocked shots.

Johnson scored 183 points (5.1 ppg) while hitting 65-of-241 shots. Johnson had 75 offensive and 145 defensive rebounds for a total of 220 boards. She led Dawson with 82 assists, 75 steals, and 34 blocked shots.

Named to the second-team for Dawson included junior Sarolyn Charles.

Senior center Anne Rasband was named honorable mention for the Lady Eagles.

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Kyah Barlow
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Olivia Johnson
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Jalayah Ingram
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De Yona Gaston
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Braelyn Younger
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Aryelle Stevens