McKenzie Lathrom, Grant Peters and Devin Neff represent Mark Twain on the Eastern Missouri All-Conference basketball teams.
Grant Peters capped his standout career for the Mark Twain boys basketball team by eclipsing 1,000 points in his final game.
The Tigers 6-foot-7 center, who averaged 20 points and 11.5 rebounds his senior season, parlayed his stellar campaign into a unanimous spot on the Eastern Missouri All-Conference first team.
“What really stood out to me about Grant was his character,” Mark Twain coach Cody McCann said. “He would always take coaching no matter what. He never asked why, he believed in what we were doing and it showed on the court this year. He worked extremely hard for himself and his team. He wanted to be the best for them. He wanted them to succeed more than himself.”
Peters was the Tigers top scorer and rebounder, corralling 291 rebounds on the season. Pushed by McCann preseason to average a double-double, the three-year starter did just that.
McCann mentioned his star really elevated his game as a senior.
“He got stronger, finished better, and he was in better shape,” McCann said. “He pushed himself this year and I think that was evident by the way he played this year.”
Fellow senior Devin Neff joined Peters with conference recognition, earning a selection to the second team.
Neff, who averaged 7.8 points per game, led Mark Twain with 99 assists on the year, including 11 during a district loss to Clark County.
“Devin was our best passer,” McCann said. “He sees the floor well and handled the ball pretty well all year. I think what impressed me most about it was his ability to pass the ball. He was more of a true point guard this year and he played well.”
The Mark Twain boys finished 9-16 on the season.
McKenzie Lathrom represented the Mark Twain girls with a unanimous EMO first-team selection.
The senior playmaker, who is signed to play at University of Missouri-St. Louis, was named to the conference first team all four seasons of her record-breaking career.
Lathrom, Mark Twain's all-time career leader in points, steals and assists, averaged 26.7 points, 4.7 steals and 3.3 assists per game this season.
She helped the Lady Tigers to a 10-15 record.
“Kenzie is very deserving of all the honors she has received,” Lady Tigers coach Alex Brandenburg said. “It is a big-time accomplishment to be first-team all-conference for four years in a row. And she was absolutely worthy of being a unanimous choice again.
“It's too bad we don't have a player of the year because I believe she would have had a great chance of winning that award.”