BEECHER CITY -- Micah Jones is no stranger to the spotlight.
Listing all the accomplishments, honors and awards she's earned during her illustrious high school career would likely fill up an entire article in itself. Which is why it should come as no surprise that Jones, who led Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City to a fourth-place finish in the Class 1A state playoffs and was named first team all-state by the AP, can now add her third straight Effingham Daily News Player of the Year award to an already sterling resume.
This season, her last in a Lady Hornets' uniform, was one for the record books. Jones averaged 23.9 points, 16.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.5 blocks per game. The versatile senior did it all while attracting the opposition's best efforts night in and and night out, still managing to shoot 52 percent from the floor.
If that's not scary enough, Lady Hornets' coach Carolyn Wendte says her best days are still to come.
"I don't think she's even reached her potential yet," Wendte said. "She needs to be pushed day in and day out. I think Edwardsville is going to get more and more out of her than what we've seen because she's such a hard worker."
It's hard to imagine that could be the case after Jones helped guide this year's squad to CHBC's third berth in the state Final Four during the past four seasons. The Lady Hornets took fourth place in 2009-10, and placed second in last year's tournament. This season in Normal, Jones set a state finals record with her 21-rebound effort against Mt. Pulaski in the round of four, matching the effort the next afternoon against Annawan.
Though the Lady Hornets came up just short in each of their two games, finishing fourth overall, Wendte said she noticed a distinctive change in Jones' play during her senior season.