The Mules Booster Club has named basketball standouts Kiley Bess and Willie Lucas Jr. of Poplar Bluff High School the Athletes of the Month for December.

Willie, a senior, is currently averaging 20.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game with 85 percent from the free-throw line. His career total is 1,074 points, 511 rebounds, 114 blocks and free throws of 80 percent. Willie was named to the All-Tournament Team at the ShowDown during which he won the three-point contest. In the classroom, he maintains a 9.71 GPA.

“Willie is a hard worker and is very determined,” basketball coach Will Durden stated. “Willie has had a very good career and will continue to get better.”

Pictured presenting the awards to Kiley Bess and Willie Lucas Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, is Booster Club member Brian Taylor.

Kiley has averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, starting in all varsity contests as a freshman. She was named to the Mustang Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team in Hoxie, Ark. In the classroom, she has maintained straight A’s during the first semester.

“Kiley is a very hard-working, conscientious person with a lot of basketball talent,” Lady Mules coach John Pattillo said.


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