Members of the Lady Longhorn basketball team gathered Feb. 25 at Tiny's Restaurant where they learned a trio of players had been selected to the Grand Canyon All-region team.
Coach Rory Huff announced during the postseason awards ceremony that Krystal McRae and Haylee Huff had been chosen all-region second team and Autumn Herrera named honorable mention.
The all-region squads were chosen in a voting of head coaches held at the end of the regular season. The six-player teams include first, second and honorable-mention.
The choice of the three to be among the region's 18 best players was a huge honor for the Lady Horns.
"It was really tough to make the teams," coach Rory Huff said. "The first team had several seniors who will be going (university) Division 1 (next season)."
The Lady Horns did not have a senior in their lineup the past season.
In awarding McRae, a 5-foot, 10-inch low-post player, her all-region certificate, coach Huff called her "our spark plug. She was the girl who could go coast-to-coast with the ball and score."
McRae will return next season as the leading scorer having posted a 9.4 ppg average in 2003-04. She also proved to be a dead-eye shooter, hitting about 46 percent of her shots. McRae also was a solid rebounder and a defensive force in the front court with teammates Britney Owens and Kodi Kepp.
Coach Huff said Haylee, his daughter, was "our best defender and our floor general."
Last season, Haylee set a school record for assists with 134. When Haylee went to the free throw line, she usually made good on her attempts. As the team's best free throw shooter, she shot 67.9 percent from the charity stripe.
The coach praised Herrera as "a player who was there day in and day out and a good player in any position on the floor."
Throughout the season, Herrera proved to the one of the team's most consistent players, contributing rebounds, assists, scoring and defense as needed.
The coach is predicting that if the players buy into the off-season campaign, the Lady Horns could become a title contender.