(ANNAPOLIS, Mo.) – Michaela Ayers of the South Iron Panthers girls basketball team received accolades on both the local and state levels in her junior season. Not only was she named to the Regional Radio Dream Team, but she also earned spots on the All-Conference, All-District and All-State teams. Ayers said she experienced some growth on the court this season.

Her play also elevated her team to the Class 1 state quarterfinals this year, where they fell short to eventual state champion Walnut Grove. Ayers said her team accomplished all of its goals, but she also has extra motivation for next year.

Ayers averaged 17 points, six rebounds, three-and-a-half assists and three-and-a-half steals in her junior year.