From Mirror reports
The honors continue to pour in for Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School junior guard Kayla Bates and Altoona Area junior center Kayla Grimme.
Bates and Grimme, the top two vote getters in the Altoona Mirror All-Star Basketball Team, were each named third-team all-state on Wednesday. Bates, the Mirror's player of the year, was honored in Class A, and Grimme was recognized in Class AAAA.
"I was a little surprised by it,'' Bates said. "But it feels good. I would think it's probably due to all the hard work I put in this year and stepping up for us.''
Bates, a 5-foot-8 point guard, averaged 12.7 points, 2.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game for the 24-3 Lady Marauders. She also shot 80.9 percent from the foul line and nearly 45 percent from 3-point range.
She turned the ball over less than 40 times as the Lady Marauders won the District 6 title for the sixth year in a row, despite missing 2011 first-team all-stater Halee Adams for more than half of the season with a knee injury. Bates raised her scoring average 5 points per game and was a force defensively.
"I would say defense is just as important as offense,'' Bates said. "It's something I've really worked on.''
Grimme, a 6-foot-1 center, averaged 10.5 points and 10.2 rebounds for a team that went 19-5 and forced eventual PIAA finalist Oakland Catholic to overtime in the opening round of the state playoffs.
"I feel very honored to be in this position as a junior,'' Grimme said. "I'm really proud - it makes you feel that everything you do pays off. But I don't think about this stuff - I completely focus on the season.''
Grimme made 57 percent of her shots. She also blocked 54 shots, including eight in one game and seven in another.
"I know Coach [Jill] Helsel is strong about me getting stronger on offense,'' Grimme said. "Defense is actually my favorite part of the game. I take a lot of pride in my defense.''