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Ozark's Carlton and Morgan and Nixa's Harper chosen to All-COC First Team

OZARK'S AUDREY CARLTON, right, leads the Lady Tigers' cheers during a home run celebration.
OZARK'S AUDREY CARLTON, right, leads the Lady Tigers' cheers during a home run celebration.

Ozark’s Audrey Carlton and Natalie Morgan and Nixa’s Rylee Harper have all been rewarded with an All-COC First Team Selection for the first time in their careers.

All three are juniors.

Overall on the season, Harper batted .446 while accounting for 60 runs. She had 31 RBIs and 29 runs scored. The right fielder drew 10 walks to up her on-base percentage to .491.

COC coaches base their voting on stats compiled only during COC play. 

In COC action, Carlton hit six of her single-season school-record 18 home runs. The center fielder was 12-for-29 for a .414 batting mark with 17 RBIs in COC play.

Morgan, a catcher, was 13-for-30 for a .433 batting average against conference pitching.

Nixa senior center fielder Natalia Pharris was tabbed a Second-Team selection. She batted .370 with 24 runs scored.

Ozark junior third baseman Kelsie Batey received honorable mention recognition. In COC play, she was 13-for-33 for a .394 batting average, with nine runs scored.

The COC Player of The Year is Neosho pitcher Carleigh Kinnard. She led the Lady Wildcats to their first COC championship.

Neosho is also represented on the First Team by shortstop Beclyn Garrett.

The rest of the First Team includes Willard pitcher Hannah Burks,Willard third baseman Alyson Miller, Republic pitcher Piper Dishman, Carthage catcher Brooklyn Dolon-Main, Branson first baseman Jerzi Yacko, Joplin third baseman Bailey Ledford and Webb City third baseman Alex Mattuno. 

Harper, Carlton, Kinnard, Garrett, Burks, Miller, Dishman, Ledford and Maturino are unanimous picks.

The rest of the Second-Team is made up of Branson shortstop Jocelyn McQueen, Carthage outfielder Aven Willis, Carl Junction catcher Madi Olds, Joplin first baseman Jadyn Pankow, Joplin outfielder Abby Lowery, Neosho catcher Autumn Kinnard, Neosho outfielder Olivia Emery, Republic catcher Lili Richerson, Webb City shortstop Abby Sargent, Wilard shortstop Reece Anderson and Willard catcher Jaz Robinson.