When a basketball is tossed into the air at the Farris Center in Conway tomorrow night Kenzie Graham of Magazine — on a basketball court.
Were it not for an injury Lilly Dobbs of Booneville would too.
A three time All State selection, Graham scored the invite after a season in which she led the Lady Rattlers to a 27-5 season, a conference championship and a state tournament appearance.
Scoring 16 points per game and pulling down 8.9 rebounds per tip, Graham completed a career in which she was a three-year starter with 1,344 points.
Besides her All State selections, Graham was also All Conference three times and was named to the All State Tournament team twice.
Also joining Graham on the bench will be Maddie Backus of Mountainburg. It was Backus and the Lady Dragons with whom the Lady Rattlers shared the conference title this season, earned when Graham hit a shot from half court at the buzzer to pull out a two-point win, virtually clinching a share of the conference title in the process.
Both also scored 27 points in a game that Mountainburg won in Crawford County in December.
Graham scored over 20 points nine times, despite often being done early. She scored 18 in the first quarter of a game against Eureka Springs and watched the rest of the night and scored 19 in a quarter against Johnson County Westside on senior night.
In January, Dobbs, who has secured a spot on the University of Arkansas Fort Smith cheerleading squad next year, learned she had been named to the cheerleading squad for the West squads at the 58th annual Arkansas High School Coaches Association games set this week for the University of Central Arkansas campus. In April, Graham was named to the West roster.
Dobbs was the only cheerleader from Conference 4A-4 to be selected to the West squad. She was also one of only four representatives from Class 4A picked for the squad.
Dobbs was a cheerleader in each of her junior and senior high years at Booneville — and in elementary school. She is also on a cheer squad Statik Fuzion in Booneville
Even being selected to the squad, Dobbs continues a history of Booneville cheerleaders being in uniform a final time at the All Star games. Prior to Dobbs, BHS cheerleaders — who are coached by Diana Branham — Taylor Schultz, Letisha Slavey and Laken Littlefield, were all selected to cheer in the games. Slavey, however, did not attend the game.
Before Littlefield’s selection for the 2009 games, cheerleaders were awarded slots to accompany a football or basketball player from their selective schools. That changed when the Arkansas Activities Association formally recognized cheerleading as a sport.
Tipoff for the basketball game Thursday night is at 6 p.m. A boys all star game will follow at 8.
Baseball and softball games were held Tuesday night; soccer and volleyball games are set for today; and the all star football game is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Estes Stadium.