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CARTER: Best, most improved Delaware County girls’ basketball players

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Disclaimer: Wes-Del and Muncie Central will not be included on this list because accurate and complete season stats could not be found. 

With every Delaware County girls’ basketball team being eliminated from the state tournament, it’s time to look back and see who were some of the standout athletes. Here are my picks for the best and most improved area girls basketball players from the 2023-24 season. 


Best: sophomore Lily Sylvester 

During the season, Sylvester led the Tigers with 14.5 points per game and became one of the team’s best facilitators for the basketball. She recorded three 20-point games, which included her season high of 27.

Most Improved: sophomore Addy Barnes 

As a freshman, Barnes turned in some pretty impressive stats as she averaged 4.4 points per game, 1.7 assists per game, and 2.4 rebounds per game. This year, she upped her numbers to 9.0 points per game, 3.4 assists per game, and 2.7 rebounds per game. 


Best: sophomore Jillian Barr

During the season, Barr became one of the best players in the county as she averaged 15.6 points per game, 10.2 rebounds per game, and 3.8 blocks per game. She also recorded 13 double-doubles and had two triple-doubles. 

Most Improved: sophomore Griffyn Knight 

Knight improved multiple stat lines as she had 9.8 points per game, 2.0 assists per game, 4.0, and 3.0 steals per game. She also led the Eagles with 4.0 rebounds per game. 


Best: sophomore Megan Luce 

This season, Luce looked great for the Raiders as she averaged 9.6 points per game, 2.1 assists per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, and 1.7 steals per game. During the 47-30 win over Daleville on Jan. 9, Luce recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. 

Most Improved: sophomore Emily Luce 

Luce finished the season with 8.8 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. She led Wapahani with 2.7 steals per game. During the game against Daleville, she scored 18 points, her highest of the season. 

Wapahani sophomore Megan Luce dribbles Nov. 17, 2023, in a game against Delta at Wapahani High School. Zach Carter, DN.


Best: senior Isabelle Williams 

Throughout the season, Williams proved that she was one of the best players in the area by averaging 12.8 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 2.1 steals per game. She also recorded five double-doubles. 

Most Improved: freshman Olivia Pratcher 

In her first year with the Broncos, Pratcher became an important piece for them. She finished the year with 4.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, and 2.3 steals per game. 


Best: senior Davelynn Lindsay 

During the year, Lindsay became the Blackhawks’ main weapon on both sides of the ball. She recorded 9.8 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists per game, and 2.9 steals per game. Her season high was 19 points in Cowan’s win over Hagerstown on Nov. 30, 2023. 

Most Improved: freshman Savannah Hall 

Hall became a solid player for the Blackhawks. In her first season, she averaged 4.7 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. One of her best performances came on Nov. 30, 2023, when she had a double-double – 12 points and 10 rebounds – as the Cowan defeated Hagerstown. She also had four games where she had 10 rebounds. 


Best: sophomore Sydney Jackson 

Jackson did a lot for the Owls this season. She led the blue and white with 11.3 points per game, 2.1 assists per game, and 3.8 steals per game. In the loss against Southern Wells on Nov. 29, 2023, she had one of her best games of the season as she had 14 points and 11 steals for a double-double. 

Most Improved: senior Allison Bucar 

Bucar averaged 5.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, and 1.6 steals per game for the Owls. Her season-high points came as she recorded 15 points as Burris fell to University on Dec. 8, 2023. 

Contact Zach Carter with comments at or on X @ZachCarter85.

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