March 23, 2015
PEARLAND — Three area roundballers will play in the 12th annual Greater Houston Area Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game this coming Saturday, March 28 at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
There are 30 Houston area girls named to the All-Star teams coached by Pearland head coach Donna Vacek and A&M Consolidated head coach Karen Heintz. There are two teams that will compete against one another.
Dawson's Kasi Matthews, Pearland's Jasmine Butler, and Manvel's Amieya Jackson were named to the Red Team coached by Vacek.
Matthews is undecided as to where she will attend college. She averaged 7.8 points per game for the Lady Eagles who finished in a two-way tie for second place in District 22-6A. Matthews was named to the 22-6A second-team as was a team captain for the Lady Eagles.
“Kasi is an all-around great talented athlete," said Dawson head coach Isabel Gomez. "She possesses not only basketball skills, but is academically skilled as well. Kasi has her sights set on being very successful. "The determination she has in herself is her biggest strength. She has improved tremendously over the last three years on varsity. It has been an absolute pleasure to have coached such a remarkable young lady."
Butler was a 22-6A first-team selection and was named 22-6A Offensive Player of the Year. Butler will continue her education and playing career at the University of Tulsa. She averaged 19 points per game. Butler was instrumental in helping the Lady Oilers finish in a two-way tie for second place in the District 22-6A race while advancing in the post-season. She was also a McDonald's All-American nominee.
“Jasmine has been a varsity member for four years and has developed into an outstanding basketball player and overall athlete," said Vacek. "Her awareness and presence on the court was a major contributing factor to the overall success at Pearland High School. Her work ethic and attitude are what make good athletes great athletes."
Jackson was a District 22-6A first-team selection and was instrumental in helping the Lady Mavericks capture the 2014 Class 5A State Basketball Championship. She averaged 11 points per game this past season. She will continue her collegiate career at Cal State Northridge.
“Amieya Jackson is a pure shooter who is savvy with the basketball, Manvel head coach Bryan Harris said. "She can knock down the three consistently and has a great competitive spirit. Mimi brought a winning mentality to Manvel and was the floor general in our 2014 run to win the state championship! We are going to miss her and her infectious personality.”