Basketball

Mt. Carmel’s Levi Laws has been named to the Associated Press Class 2A all-state basketball team.

The junior was named Honorable Mention in voting by a 23-member statewide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Laws averaged 12.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for the 22-9 Aces, who advanced to the championship game of the sectional tournament, losing to eventual state runnerup Nashville, 63-55.

Against Boonville on Jan. 17, Laws recorded a eye-popping total of 23 assists. Not only did that shatter the old single-mark assist mark owned by Ryan Haywood, now head coach at Princeton, but it tied for the second highest total ever in an Illinois prep game.

Rod Hunt of Ramsey recorded 23 in a 1985 game against Patoka. The state record of 33 belongs to Jessie Woolfork of Lovejoy, who sent that many scoring plays in during a 150-39 rout of Witt in 1972.

There was one unaimous choice on the 2A team: 6-foot-8 Ethan Happ of Rockridge.

A first and second-team 10-player squad was selected.

Also named to the first team was Nate Rodgers of St. Joe-Ogden, who scored 23 points against Mt. Carmel in a 69-63 win over the Golden Aces on Feb. 1 at the Panther Shootout in Pinckneyville.
Joining Laws on the HM team were: Royce Newman (Nashville), Brandon Wolfe (Casey-Westfield), Luke Stone (Newton), and  Brett Mette (Teutopolis).

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