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HERALD ALL-AREA WINTER SPORTS AWARDS: Boys, Girls All-Area Basketball Teams

Boys

All-Metro Basketball Team

Jabari McGhee, 6-6, Jr., F, Monroe

WHY HE'S HERE: Runner-up for Player of the Year. He was one of the most electric ballers in SW Georgia and led Monroe all season, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds a game.

Rantavious Gilbert, 6-7, Sr., C, Monroe

WHY HE'S HERE: Was the premier shot blocker in Southwest Georgia and changed the game on defense, where he averaged almost five blocks a game. He also averaged 9.1 points and five rebounds a game.

T.J. Cromer, 6-0, Jr., G., Westover

WHY HE'S HERE: After transferring from Tift County, he took over as the court and floor leader for the Patriots and averaged 21.4 points a game. He also grabbed 4.4 rebounds and averaged 2.1 steals and four assists a night.

Larry Sanford, 6-0, Sr., G., Albany High

WHY HE'S HERE: Was a clutch performer for the best team in Southwest Georgia, averaging 15 points a night and grabbing four rebounds and handing out four assists to help lead Albany to the Elite 8.

Darrell Anthony, 6-3, Sr., F, Dougherty

WHY HE'S HERE: Led Dougherty at both ends of the court, averaging 15 points and nine rebounds a game while blocking two shots a night.

Ramello Carter, 5-10, Jr., G, Deerfield-Windsor

WHY HE'S HERE: Leading scorer, averaging 19.5 points for the Knights and 3.5 assists, as well as three steals a game.

Dekoven Ware, 6-0, Sr., F, Terrell County

WHY HE'S HERE: Averaged a double-double for the second consecutive season, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds a night.

Dequan Green, 6-3, Sr., F, Westover

WHY HE'S HERE: Averaged 13.1 points and four rebounds a game and was the second-leading scorer for the Patriots.


All-Area Basketball Team

Jermain Hartsfield, 6-3, Jr., F, Mitchell County

WHY HE'S HERE: Was the main man inside for Mitchell County’s region champs that made it to the Elite 8 round of the Class A state playoffs. He averaged a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds a night.

Vincent Powell, 5-11, Sr., G, Calhoun County

WHY HE'S HERE: Averaged 23.4 points per game, grabbed 10 rebounds a night and was the catalyst for Calhoun, which finished second in Region 1-A.

Ladonis Yarbrough, 5-10, Sr., G, Early County

WHY HE'S HERE: The most lethal 3-point threat in this part of the state, he knocked down 75 3-pointers and averaged 17 points a night.

Darontay McCoy, 6-1, Sr., G, Early County

WHY HE'S HERE: Was the leader for one of the best teams in Early County history, and did it all for the Bobcats, averaging 19 points a game and grabbing 15 rebounds a night while running the floor.

Shaquille Nunnally, 6-6, Sr., C, Randolph-Clay

WHY HE'S HERE: Had a monster season for the Red Devils, averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds a night. He also averaged three blocked shots a game.

Paul Chukes, 6-2, Sr., G, Bainbridge

WHY HE'S HERE: Led Bainbridge in scoring with a 13.8 average and averaged two rebounds a night.

Rodney Glenn, 6-3, Sr., G, Bainbridge

WHY HE'S HERE: Took over the leadership role at Bainbridge and ran the team as the point guard, averging 11 points a game while grabbing 6.5 rebounds and handing out 4.5 assists a night.

Jontavious Carter, 6-3, Sr., F, Crisp County

WHY HE'S HERE: The star receiver, who is headed for the University of Miami on a football scholarship, led the Cougars all year, averaging 16.5 points, six rebounds and four blocks a night.

Jabari McGhee, 6-6, Jr., F, Monroe*

T.J. Cromer, 6-0, Jr., G, Westover*

  • McGhee and Cromer both made the All-Area team as well, but their stats were not repeated

GIRLS:

All-Metro Basketball Team

DaQuenna Moore, 6-0, C, Sr., Lee County

WHY HE'S HERE: Runner-up for POY. She finished a brilliant career as one of the top rebounders in the state. She averaged 21.1 points a game, and also grabbed 15.3 rebounds a night.

Ieshia Young, 5-6, G, Sr., Westover

WHY HE'S HERE: Was Westover‘s best defensive player and also averaged 12 points a night while helping the Lady Pats to a 23-0 start and run into the playoffs. She also grabbed three rebounds a game as a guard and handed out four assists a night.

Sheniqua Young, 5-7, G, Sr., Monroe

WHY HE'S HERE: Was one of the top 3-point shooters in SW Georgia and averaged 14 points and four rebounds a night to help lead Monroe to its best season in years and a run to the Elite 8 round of the Class AAA state playoffs.

Chelsea Cox, 5-7, F, Sr., Monroe

WHY HE'S HERE: Emerged as the leader of the team and had a big season before suffering an injury that kept her out of the playoffs. She averaged 10.1 points and three rebounds a game.

Shawntal Byrd, 5-6, G, Sr., Dougherty

WHY HE'S HERE: Was Dougherty’s best defender and one of the top defenders in this part of the state, as well as a leader for the Lady Trojans all year, doing all the little things. She averaged eight points and five rebounds a game, and also handed out five assists and made an average of five steals a game.

Terrianna Martin, 6-0, C, Sr., Dougherty

WHY HE'S HERE: Was a force inside for Dougherty, averaging 9.7 points and 9.2 rebounds a night.

Chasity Mullins, 5-6, G, Sr., Albany High

WHY HE'S HERE: Has been a leader at Albany for three years and had a memorable senior season, averaging 18 points a night and leading the team in rebounds, averaging eight rebounds a night as a shooting guard.


All-Area Basketball Team

A’Miracle Jones, 5-7, F, So., Mitchell County

WHY HE'S HERE: Was the co-leader for a Mitchell team that won region and marched to the Elite 8 round of the Class A state playoffs. She averaged 17.6 points and a remarkable 16.7 rebounds a game.

Shonbreka Holton, 5-8, F, So., Mitchell County

WHY HE'S HERE: Was the other co-leader with Jones and helped lead Mitchell to the region title and deep run in the playoffs. She averaged 18.8 points a night and was even better under the boards, grabbing 19.4 rebounds a game.

Briunna Freeman, 5-10, F, Fr., Pelham

WHY HE'S HERE: Emerged as one of the top players in Southwest Georgia as a freshman and did a little of everything for Pelham, averaging 17 points, 10 points and three steals a night to help lead the Lady Hornets to the Elite 8 round of the Class A state playoffs.

Octavia Kierce, 5-7, F, Sr., Pelham

WHY HE'S HERE: Was at the heart of everything they did at Pelham, where she has been a two-year star. She averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Pelham to a deep run in the playoffs.

Shay Reese, 5-6, G, Sr., Pelham

WHY HE'S HERE: Was Pelham’s outside scoring threat and ended the season averaging 10 points and four rebounds a game.

Brandi Buie, 5-5, G. So., Calhoun County

WHY HE'S HERE: She’s one of the best young players in this part of the state and led Calhoun all year, running the floor and scoring at will. She averaged 22.4 points a game.

Cierra Hawkins, 5-7, F, Sr., Baker County

WHY HE'S HERE: Was one of the top Class A players in SW Georgia and led Baker in just about everything. She averaged 16 points and 12.2 rebounds a night, and finished her career with more than 1,000 points.

Madi Mitchell, 6-0, C., So., Crisp Academy

WHY HE'S HERE: Arguably the best girls player in all of GISA, she led her team to its second straight GISA Class A state title, averaging 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots a game.

Nasheema Oliver, 6-3, C, So., Crisp County

WHY HE'S HERE: Led the Lady Cougars to the Sweet 16, averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks a game.