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Christopher finishes second in Miss Basketball voting

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By The Staff

 By GOOSE LINDSAY

Roane Newspapers

For the second straight year, Oliver Springs' Kayla Christopher has finished as a runner-up in the TSSAA Class A Miss Basketball Award.

Christopher, McEwen's Andrea Hobson and Jackson County's Laken Leonard were the three finalists and Leonard was presented the award after the TSSAA Class A Championship game on Saturday.

The Miss Basketball award, however, is just about the only award that Christopher didn't win during her four years at Oliver Springs.

Christopher has been named the District 4-A Player of the Year four times and she was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Team as a sophomore and junior. She should make it three years in a row when the 2009 team is announced later this month. Christopher was also named to the Tennessean's 2008 Dream Team, which was made up of the top five players in the state regardless of classification.

Christopher's team accomplishments as a member of the Lady 'Cats were just as impressive. The Lady 'Cats won 105 games from 2005-09 and won four District 4-A regular season championships, four District 4-A Tournament championships, three Region 2-A championships, and she's a member of the only class in Oliver Springs history that advanced to the TSSAA Class A State Tournament for four straight years. The 2006-07 version of the Lady Bobcats finished second overall in Murfreesboro.

Christopher finished her career with 2,564 points and will be playing for Chattanooga this fall.