Southwest Missouri is heavily represented on the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association all-state basketball teams for the 2008-2009 season. Both Whitney Edie and Destani Stensrud, of Exeter, were named to the Class 1 girls team, and Jason Cole, the coach of the state champion Lady Tigers, was named Class 1 Girls Coach of the Year.
Edie, a 6'1" senior center/forward from Exeter, heads the list of players selected to the MBCA Class 1 Girls All-State team. Edie scored 701 points for the Lady Tigers in regular season and district play and then added 91 more in the four MSHSAA play-off games as she led her team to the state championship.
In the championship game against Marion County, Whitney flashed her All State credentials with a dominant performance: she scored 25 points, including eight-for-nine from the free throw line; grabbed seven rebounds, including six offensive boards; blocked three shots and recorded six steals.
Edie has already signed to play for Missouri State University next year.
Destani Stensrud, a 5'5" sophomore guard from Exeter, was also tabbed by the MBCA for the Class 1 Girls All-State team that includes three sophomores and a pair of freshmen. The point guard for the Lady Tigers earned high praise from the coaching community for her leadership skills and defensive abilities in Exeter's play-off run to the title.
Stensrud had scored 277 points going into the play-offs, and added 47 more in the final four games. With Edie bottled up against Jefferson in the semi-final game, Stensrud took over the game in the second half and wound up with her play-off high of 16 points.
Jason Cole completed his sixth year as the head coach of the Lady Tigers with an overall record of 122-43, including the 30-1 state championship run of 2008-09.
Cole is a local product, graduating from Southwest High School in Washburn in 1995. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 1999 and rejuvenated the baseball program at Southwest prior to coaching at Exeter.