For the second year in a row, senior Lady Spartan point guard Casey Collier
has been named a Miss Basketball finalist for Division II-A.
Captain of this year’s team, Collier has posted 480 points, to date this season, averaging 18 points, 5 assists, 5 steals, and 6 rebounds per game. Named MVP at this year’s Division II-A District Tournament, she helped lead the Lady Spartans to their second straight district championship title and a No. 1 seed going into this week’s region tournament.
Collier, a University of Lipscomb signee, is a three-time (2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018) All-State player. She has had a stellar career with the Lady Spartans that so far includes 1416 total career points, 486 steals, 608 assists, and 527 rebounds, as well as three appearances at the state championship finals.
In addition to state tournament MVP at last year’s championship, Collier posted 344 points in the 31 games she played her junior season, earning her Miss Basketball finalist distinction. She also earned district and region tournament MVP honors for the second year in a row.
As a freshman, Collier was a member of Webb’s state runner-up team and picked up All-District, as well as District and Region All-Tournament team kudos along the way. And in 2015, Collier came off the bench as an eighth grader to play in the DII-A state championship game, helping her Lady Spartans clinch the state title and earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Casey Collier is one of three Division II-A Miss Basketball finalists for 2019. The other finalists are Emily Jones of University School of Jackson and Ally Welfel of Goodpasture. Collier joins a distinguished list of former Lady Spartan Miss Basketball winners and finalists that includes Glory Johnson ’08 (Miss Basketball, 2007, 2008), Faith Dupree ’09 (Miss Basketball, 2009), Micah Scheetz ’16 (Miss Basketball, 2014, 2016), Jessica Goswitz ’09 (Miss Basketball finalist, 2009), and Marjorie Butler ’12 (Miss Basketball finalist, 2010).
Coaches and media, statewide, selected finalists based on regular-season performances. Academics and character were also considered in the selection process. The winners will be announced in March at Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.
Division II-A East Regional Tournament play begins Monday, February 11 with the No. 1 seed and this year’s district champion Spartan boys hosting No. 4 seed Silverdale at 6 p.m. Webb’s Lady Spartans will take on No. 4 seed Grace Baptist Academy at Webb, Tuesday, February 12 at 6 p.m. The first-round winner in the boys’ bracket will take on the winner of the Notre Dame vs. CAK game in Friday semifinal play at Webb, while the winner of tomorrow’s girls’ game will face the winner of the Notre Dame vs. The King’s Academy bracket in Friday’s semifinal at Webb.