Walking down the concrete steps with his teammates into the pit at the sound of a pre-game buzzer, with the drums banging the school’s fight song in the corridor of the gymnasium — that’s what Zach McCory will miss the most about playing basketball at Brownstown Central.

In his senior season, like years past, McCory exemplified a team-first attitude as a leader for the Braves.

Across the board, McCory’s numbers contributed to the Braves’ successful 2015-16 campaign. With all his accomplishments this season, The Tribune has named McCory the 2016 boys basketball Jackson County Player of the Year.

The Braves finished their season 21-4, 9-0 in the Mid-Southern Conference, and were ranked in Class 3A’s top-10 and top-5 polls throughout the season.

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Running the floor as a guard, McCory led the team with 112 assists while tallying 287 total points.

He modeled consistency, shooting 53 percent on 184 attempts from two-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line on 102 attempts.

“I think I see the court really well, and that’s where I excelled,” McCory said. “I’m a bigger guard, and I think that really helped me. It made it a harder matchup for some smaller guards. Cam (Shoemaker) got us a lot of good looks passing from the inside.”

McCory also got it done defensively, collecting 125 rebounds, snagging 36 steals, recording 11 blocks and taking five charges.

“He’s one of the greatest teammates I’ve ever coached,” Braves coach Dave Benter said, who just completed his 18th season. “He never made excuses and blamed anyone else. That’s something to say. It’s easy in today’s society, when something goes wrong, to want to blame something else. He always accepted responsibility.”

Benter said that McCory’s ability to score inside and out, with the option of making an extra pass, was difficult for the opposition.

The coach also said that McCory’s passing ability helped the other four members of the starting lineup average double digits in scoring.

“(McCory) had such a unique skills set because of his strength and ball-handling ability,” Benter said. “You put a bigger guy on him, he would beat them off the dribble. If a smaller guy was on him that wasn’t as strong, we could post him up.

“A lot of our offense we ran the past couple years suited him. He’s so unselfish. When he was double-teamed he found open guys.”

One of McCory’s greatest accomplishments on the season was being named the Graber Post Buildings Classic tournament MVP and to the All-Tournament team.

Graber Post, which boasted four unbeaten squads, including two No. 1-ranked schools, fielded one of the most competitive holiday tournaments in the state.

In the championship game, McCory tallied 20 points to help his team retain the title.

His efforts on the season also earned him All-Mid-Southern Conference status and IBCA All-State Senior honorable mention.

At the Braves’ awards ceremony to conclude the season, his teammates voted him most valuable player.

While the individual accolades racked up, McCory prefers the memories shared with his teammates.

“I think how close I was with the guys in the locker room made it special for me,” McCory said. “We had a really good bond and chemistry. I think that this year is one that I will always remember.”

At a glance

2016 Jackson County Player of the Year

Zach McCory, Brownstown Central, Senior

287 total points, 11.5 PPG, Season-high 21 pts

111-233 FG, 48%

79-102 FT, 77%

125 rebounds

112 assists

36 steals

11 blocks

Honors: All-Mid-Southern Conference, Graber Post Buildings Classic tournament MVP/All-Tournament team, IBCA All-State Senior honorable mention, MSC Champion

2016 All-County Team

Toriek Miller, Seymour, Senior

391 total points, 16.9 PPG, Season-high 35

113-301 FG, 38%

100-130 FT, 77%

63 rebounds

29 assists

28 steals

5 blocks

IBCA All-State Senior honorable mention, All-Hoosier Hills Conference, eclipsed 1,000 points for career, has a NAIA basketball scholarship at Madonna University

Cam Shoemaker, Brownstown Central, Senior

305 total points, 12.2 PPG, Season-high 22

124-284 FG, 44%

66-86 FT, 77%

141 rebounds

61 assists

39 steals

29 blocks

All-MSC, MSC Champion, All-Graber Post tournament team

Jacoby Shade, Brownstown Central, Senior

325 total points, 13 PPG, Season-high 25

171-400 FG, 43%

29-37 FT, 78%

162 rebounds

58 assists

41 steals

14 blocks

IBCA All-State Senior honorable mention, All-MSC, MSC Champion, All-Graber Post tournament team

Ryan Wieneke, Seymour, Senior

153 total points, 7.7 PPG, Season-high 18

58-114 FG, 51%

23-31 FT, 74%

109 rebounds

38 assists

19 steals

7 blocks

Daniel Horton, Trinity Lutheran, Senior

456 total points, 18.2 PPG, Season-high 29

168-293 FG, 57%

118-158 FT, 75%

207 rebounds

34 assists

30 steals

4 blocks

All-time leading scorer at TLHS (1,063 points), IBCA All-State Senior honorable mention, school record points in season (456), school records in free throws made (282) and rebounds (533) for career, single season school record in free throws made (118) and field goals made (166), All-Edinburgh tournament team

Cody Waskom, Brownstown Central, Junior

303 total points, 12.1 PPG, Season-high 23

143-271 FG, 53%

48-70 FT, 69%

85 rebounds

57 assists

42 steals

10 blocks

MSC Champion, All-Graber Post tournament team

Carson Lambring, Brownstown Central, Junior

296 total points, 11.8 PPG, Season-high 24

161-340 FG, 48%

34-45 FT, 76%

76 rebounds

77 assists

38 steals

1 block

MSC Champion, All-MSC honorable mention

Keegan Rebber, Trinity Lutheran, Senior

269 total points, 10.8 PPG, Season-high 30

98-208 FG, 47%

54-72 FT, 75%

88 rebounds

48 assists

28 steals

8 blocks

Alan Perry, Seymour, Sophomore

152 total points, 6.6 PPG, Season-high 15

41-132 FG, 31%

48-63 FT, 76%

49 rebounds

80 assists

18 steals

6 blocks

Kam Flynn, Medora, Senior

273 total points,  11.9 PPG, Season-high 23

93-247 FG, 38%

34-50 FT, 68%

71 rebounds

48 assists

36 steals

2 blocks

Eli Mollet, Crothersville, Senior

397 total points, 16.5 PPG, Season-high 29

135-291 FG, 46%

104-136 FT, 76%

149 rebounds

22 assists

23 steals

12 blocks

Tiller Cummings, Seymour, Sophomore

177 total points,  7.7 PPG, Season-high 20

75-121 FG, 62%

27-36 FT, 69%

101 rebounds

11 assists

12 steals

6 blocks

Chase Booker, Medora, Senior

330 total points,  14.3 PPG, Season-high 26

122-310 FG, 39%

50-71 FT, 70%

109 rebounds

31 assists

43 steals

5 blocks

2016 All-County honorable mention

Tyler Luedeman, Crothersville, Senior

217 total points, 9.4 PPG, Season-high 26

78-236 FG, 33%

39-64 FT, 61%

49 rebounds

44 assists

40 steals

3 blocks

All-Southern Athletic Conference

Jalen Beesley, Medora, Senior

213 total points, 9.3 PPG, Season-high 24

67-165 FG, 41%

61-80 FT, 76%

88 rebounds

65 assists

25 steals

8 blocks

Brandon Moore, Medora, Junior

191 total points, 8.3 PPG, Season-high 18

63-196 FG, 32%

28-43 FT, 65%

71 rebounds

33 assists

28 steals

9 blocks

Chad Stuckwisch, Trinity Lutheran, Junior

195 total points,  7.8 PPG, Season-high 19

54-158 FG, 34%

48-76 FT, 63%

61 rebounds

85 assists

36 steals

0 blocks

Dylan Maschino, Trinity Lutheran, Senior

197 total points, 7.9  PPG, Season-high 22

69-157 FG, 44%

29-42 FT, 69%

70 rebounds

57 assists

20 steals

9 blocks

Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.