The Sun's 2013 girls basketball all-area team

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8:43 p.m.


First team

Guard: Tayla McGee, 5-4, senior, Newberry, 11.4 ppg., 3.9 apg., 4.5 rpg., 3.2 spg., in helping lead the Panthers to their second straight regional final

Guard: Olivia Bailey, 5-8, senior, Bell, 19.3 ppg., 9.4 rpg., 3.6 apg., 3.7 spg., 1.4 bpg., for the 10-13 Bulldogs; one of the area's leading scorers who finished with 1,564 career points

Guard: Kimesha Mann, 5-3, freshman, Hawthorne, 13.1 ppg., 3.8 apg., had 26 points in regional loss for Hornets

Forward: Dymeria Clayton, 5-8, sophomore, Newberry, led Panthers in scoring with 12.4 ppg., 7.6 rpg., also had 28 steals on season

Forward: Courtney Dollison, 5-9, senior, P.K. Yonge, 10.0 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 2.3 apg., 4.7 spg., for the Blue Wave; had a game-high 28 points in a two-point loss (62-60) at state champion Daytona Beach Father Lopez in the 3A regional finals

Center: Brooksie McGrew, 6-3, senior, P.K. Yonge, 13.0 ppg., 9.6 rpg., 1.6 bpg. for Alabama signee, led the Blue Wave, state champions in 2010 and 2012, to their eighth straight regional final

Center: Mariah Carter, 6-1, senior Hawthorne, 16.7 ppg., 12.8 rpg., 3.6 bpg., for the 18-9 Hornets, who lost to Hamilton County in the regional semifinals

Second team

Guard: Teyona Jenkins, 5-1, senior, Union County, 14.7 ppg., 5.4 apg., 7.2 rpg., 4.8 spg., despite her small stature, pretty much did it all for the 7-11 Tigers

Guard: Kiarah Mallory, 5-4, sophomore, P.K. Yonge, in her first year as the primary ball handler for the Blue Wave, averaged 6.0 ppg., 4.5 apg., with 97 steals.

Guard: Taylor Tomlinson, 5-4, junior, Oak Hall, 11.8 ppg., 3.8 rpg., 2.0 apg, 79.4 percent free throw shooter, hit on 28 3-pointers for the Eagles, which reached the regional quarterfinals for the third time in four years; The Sun's small school girls golfer of the year in 2011 and 2012.

Guard: Shay Sherman, 5-5, senior, Bronson, 11.0 ppg., 6.0 apg., 3.0 rpg., for the 20-8 Eagles, who had their best season since 2006. Finished with 1,255 career points.

Forward: Janta Bell, 6-1, senior, P.K. Yonge, 8.0 ppg., 3.0 rpg., for the 3A regional finalist.

Forward: Teyonnia Blake, 5-7, 8th grade, Lafayette, 15.9 ppg., 11.9 rpg., promising player for the Hornets, who failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.

Center: Jasmine Walker, 6-0, senior, Newberry, 8.4 ppg., 9.0 rpg., leading rebounder for the Panthers, who finished one game short of returning to the state tournament.

Honorable mention: Bronson: Brittany Riley (F, So.), Lauren Moore (G, 8th grade), Donna Hamilton (G, Jr.); Dixie County: Diamond Hollis (C, Sr.); Hawthorne: Jailyn McGruder (G, Sr.), Breanna Fomby (G, Fr.); Lafayette: Haley Fowler (G, Fr.), Mariah Edwards (G, So.), Darby Pearson (Fr.), Bre Massey (Sr.), Kaley Koon (Jr.), Sam Calhoun (Sr.), Grace Perry (Fr.); Newberry: Nikita Curtis (G, So.); Oak Hall: Madison O'Leary (G, Jr.), Ashley Cohrs (G, Jr.); St. Francis: Katrina Lagos (C, Sr.), Felicia Fallo (G, Sr.), Ann Lorrayne Bzoch (F, Jr.), Nehyalauni Johnson (G, So.), Kylie Maris (G, So.), Emily Herrington (F, Fr.); Trenton: Shelby Stokes (G, Fr.), Khalil Kearson (G, Jr.)

Coach of the Year

Willie Powers, P.K. Yonge

Despite the loss of McDonald's All-America guard Niya Johnson (Baylor), he led the Blue Wave to their eighth straight regional final, losing by two points (62-60) at Class 3A state champion Daytona Beach Father Lopez. It was the Green Wave's closest game in the state playoffs, much like a year ago when P.K. Yonge rallied to beat Lopez (57-50) in its closest playoff game en route to the 3A state title.


First team

Guard: Jazlynd Rollins, 5-8, junior, Buchholz, 16.0 ppg., 3.0 apg., great compliment to Jessica Thomas in the backcourt as the Bobcats won their first state title; had 18 points in the state final win over Davie Nova

Guard: Jessica Thomas, 5-7, senior, Buchholz, 30.0 ppg., 7.0 apg., 3.0 rpg., 5.0 spg., for the Class 7A state champion, hit on 8 of 17 3-pointers at the state tournament

Guard: Kayla Lovett, 5-6, senior, Gainesville, 9.2 ppg., 4.7 rpg., 3.1 apg., for the Hurricanes, who handed Buchholz its first loss of the year and reached the regional finals for the second straight season, only to lose once again at 6A state champion Orlando Edgewater. Had 22 points in a regional semifinal win over Leesburg. Signed with Alabama A&M before the season.

Guard: Tiara Lundy, 5-4, senior, Eastside, 18.9 ppg., 4.2 rpg., 2.3 apg., 2.0 spg., for the 13-12 Rams, who reached the regional semifinals. Scored 20 or more points in 11 games and was named district MVP by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association

Forward: De'ja McPhee, 5-10, senior, Gainesville, 14.1 ppg., 10.1 rpg., 1.6 apg., one of the area's best inside scorers who missed four games late in the season with an ankle injury, signed the same day as Lovett at GHS and will play at Jacksonville

Forward: Jurnee Pettigrew, 5-10, senior, Eastside, 12.0 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 1.8 spg., had 17 points and season-high 20 rebounds in a loss at Buchholz

Center: Nyasia Davis, 6-2, freshman, Bradford, 15.0 ppg., 10.4 rpg., 1.6 bpg., had a game-high 29 points (14 of 16 shooting) and 16 rebounds in a 80-76 regional semifinal loss at Ocala Trinity Catholic

Second team

Guard: Marissa Lee, 5-5, senior, Gainesville, 9.8 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 1.7 apg., for the 6A regional finalist

Guard: Davina Mounds, 5-6, junior, Buchholz, 10.0 ppg., 2.0 rpg., 2.0 apg., for the 7A state champions

Guard: Tracy Kemp, 5-7, freshman, Bradford, 15.3 ppg., 3.5 apg., 2.8 rpg., 1.6 spg., for the Tornadoes, who made their deepest playoff run since 2007

Guard: Shatasha Robinson, 5-7, sophomore, Fort White, 18.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg., 3.2 apg, for the 16-8 Indians, who reached the 4A regional quarterfinals.

Guard: Janiah McKay, 5-7, sophomore, Gainesville, 11.1 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 1.7 apg., had a game-high 24 points in a regional semifinal win

Forward: Wilisha Griner, 5-11, sophomore, Bradford, 11.3 ppg., 9.7 rpg., 1.6 spg., 1.2 apg., finished the season with 10 straight games in double figures

Forward: Asya Smith, 5-9, junior, 8.1 ppg., 4.0 rpg., for the 6A regional finalist

Honorable mention: Bradford: Quanisha Allen (G, Sr.); Columbia: Mamae Gaskins (G, Sr.); Eastside: A'nikeyawna Barber (G/F, So.); Fort White: Kashanique Cook (F, Jr.), Cenise Armstrong (F, So.), Rykia Jackson (G, So.), Khadijah Ingram (G, Jr.), Desma Blake (G, Jr.); Keystone Heights: Hannah Hamilton (F/ Sr.); Santa Fe: Taylor Sanford (G, So.), Savannah DiGoia (C, Jr.), Jakayla Barber (C, Sr.), Rakeesha Merricks (F, So.), Trinavia Williams (F/C, Fr.); Suwannee: Daycia Bandy (PG/SG, Jr.), Kyra McClendon (SG, Fr.)

Coach of the Year

Rebecca Williams, Buchholz

The 1992 Buchholz graduate led the Bobcats to their first state title in girls basketball, beating Davie Nova, 63-49, for the Class 7A crown. With one returning starter in Jessica Thomas, former backups like Jazlynd Rollins and Davina Mounds stepped up, as did the play of a couple of freshmen in center Keona Thompson and guard Chelsea Clark. Under Williams, Buchholz has reached at least the regional finals the last six years, at least the final four the last three years, winning it all this season.

Note: The Gainesville Sun all-area teams, players of the year and coaches of the year were selected by Sun high school sports editor Larry Savage with help from area coaches. If a team is not represented, it is because the coach did not respond to emails sent to the school requesting information and numerous reminders in the newspaper.

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