Jacey Henry's on-base percentage in 2015: .571.
Henry's on-base percentage in 2016: .664.But Henry believes her greatest aspect of growth occurred on the other side of the ball. She cited her increased sense of maturity in the circle. "I didn't go out there with as many nerves," Henry said. "Freshman year, I didn't think I had that many nerves, but looking back at it, from senior to freshman, I have confidence (now) that there's bases loaded and no outs, I feel like we can get out of the inning with no one scoring. "I feel like I had a lot more confidence (entering) my senior year." Henry, a senior at Turner, repeats as All-Ardmoreite Most Valuable Player. "That's pretty cool. It feels pretty great," she said with a laugh. Henry threw 31 2/3 more innings in 2016 (212 2/3 compared to 180). She struck out 11 fewer hitters — 273 compared to 284 in 2015. Though she walked four more hitters (20 versus 16), she allowed 39 fewer hits (102 versus 141 in 2015). That translates to a .678 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched). Offensively, her 55 hits were 12 more than 2015. Late in the season, Turner coach Shane Hill moved her to the lead-off spot. If she reached, she promptly stole second base in the quarterfinal and semifinal games. Furthermore, her 24 walks were 15 more than the nine she drew in 2015. She had two more home runs in 2016 with eight than she did as a junior. As a team, Turner came closer to its goal, though Red Oak again defeated the Lady Falcons in the Class B state championship game. Henry executed pitches in a way that kept Red Oak more off balance than in 2015. The Lady Eagles demonstrated their resolve, rallying to win their fifth consecutive state title. "It was very heartbreaking," Henry said. "This is the first time we realize we don't have another chance at it. (The final score) made it even tougher." Thursday, Henry is scheduled to sign with East Central University to play softball. Henry and Tracy McGill are Turner's second and third All-State players, joining Allie Foster a season ago. Henry learned of the honor on Oct. 31. "I'm really proud, proud of my team," Henry said. "It feels like a good accomplishment to be announced as an All-State pitcher." Turner coach Shane Hill will coach the Small West team. "That makes it even better," Henry said.