Let’s put a bow on another tremendous season with our annual All-County Girls Basketball honors.
Amid a number of great individual performances, one remarkable player earns top honors. Jada Claude of Whitewater is the Player of the Year. Claude, a Duke signee and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, gave teams fits both in the post and out on the wing, piling up an impressive stat line of 20.2 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.8 blocks a game.
Sandy Creek junior Daija Powell is Defensive Player of the Year. Powell, a powerful post presence, pulled down 9.7 rebounds and swatted away 1.1 blocks, along with 16.8 points a game.
In a season chock full of first-year phenoms, Starr’s Mill’s Jaclyn Hester and McIntosh’s Carrie Consolino share Co-Freshman of the Year honors. Hester posted 13 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks, while Consolino tallied 10.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 steals, and 3 assists.
For the third straight year, Sandy Creek’s Janie Hodges is our Coach of the Year. Playing with a small rotation, Hodges’s Lady Patriots gritted their way to 25 wins, a flawless region record with a crown, and an Elite Eight appearance.
The All-County First Team is composed of McIntosh’s Rylee Calhoun, Starr’s Mill’s Alice Anne Hudson, Fayette County’s Sidney Sims, Whitewater’s Courtney Smith, and Sandy Creek’s Paris Thompson.
Calhoun, a senior, scored 11.2 points, along with 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 2 assists. Hudson, a junior guard, racked up 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. Sims, a senior, was the heart of the Lady Tigers team that reached the state playoffs. Smith, a senior, posted a county-high 22.7 points a game, along with 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.3 steals. Thompson, a senior, tallied 13.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and 2.4 assists.
The All-County Second Team is made up of Starr’s Mill’s Alyssa Angelo, Fayette County’s Ghylissa Knowles, McIntosh’s Kennedi Miller, and Sandy Creek’s Arielle Belinga and Nina Lum.
Angelo, a senior, made her mark as a gritty defender, tallying 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals, along with 6 points and 3 assists. Knowles, a sophomore, is a deadly outside shooter for the Tigers. Miller, a senior, notched 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. Belinga, a sophomore, developed into a post presence, pulling down 10.2 rebounds with 7.9 points. Lum, a senior, posted 8 points and 3.6 assists, saving her best for last and putting the Lady Patriots on her back to win the region title.
With talented players remaining, there are several earning Honorable Mention recognition. Leading the way are Starr’s Mill’s Ashtyn Lally, Fayette County’s Derique Donigan, Sandy Creek’s Jania Hodges, Whitewater’s Carissa Griffin and Sole Chinnery, and Our Lady of Mercy’s Anaya Belin and Morgan Skipper.
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