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Class 1A-3A Basketball All-Area

BOYS FIRST TEAM

Rod Byrd,
Tanner, 6-0, Sr.

A floor leader whose value extends beyond his statistics, according to Tanner coach Chris Whitt. Averaged 13.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals a game. Had 25 points in the 2A, Area 15 finals win over West Morgan, scoring seven points in the final three minutes. Had 12 points, four rebounds and five assists in an upset of Decatur. Made honorable mention all-state. Made all-area in 2005 and ’06.

Phillip Powell,
West Morgan, 6-6, Sr.

Paced his team with 16.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game. Made 55.2 percent of his shots from the field. Had 14 points, 15 rebounds and five assists against Danville. Followed that with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a win over Tanner. Contributed 20 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists against Hatton. Had 24 points and 16 rebounds against East Lawrence and 15 points and 22 rebounds against Fairview.

Latraius Mosley,
Tanner, 6-4, Soph.

Averaged 15.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game. Sank 55 percent from the field. MVP of the Northwest Regional after producing 22 points and nine rebounds in the finals against West Morgan. Had 21 points, six rebounds and three steals in the state semifinals against R.C. Hatch. Had 22 points, seven rebounds and two steals in an upset of Decatur. Made honorable mention all-state.

Heath Alford,
Falkville, 6-2, Sr.

Averaged 21.5 points and 11.4 rebounds a game and shot 51.4 percent from the field. Had 35 points and 19 rebounds against West Point, both season highs. Also produced 29 points and 17 rebounds against Danville. Had 22 and 24 points in two meetings with Tanner. Scored double figures in 80 straight games. Made honorable mention all-state for the third straight year. Made all-area in 2005 and ’06.

Zane Campbell,
West Limestone, 6-7, Jr.

Averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots a game. Had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Elkmont. He also had 12 points and 14 rebounds against Westminster Christian. Had 32 points and 17 rebounds against Lawrence County. Nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Priceville 57-54. Made honorable mention all-state.

BOYS SECOND TEAM

Jacob Moody,
Speake, 6-7, Sr.

Averaged 19.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks a game. Also showed a deft touch on 3-pointers, shooting 40.9 percent. Had 34 points and 13 rebounds helped the Bobcats turn a one-point halftime lead into a 78-65 win over Addison. Scored 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a win over Lynn. Scored 28 points in a sub-regional win over MarionCounty.Made all-area in 2006.

Micah Randolph,
West Morgan, 6-2, Sr.

Contributed 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals a game. Made a team-high 51 shots from 3-point range and sank 34.7 percent of his shots from there. Scored 19 points in Class 2A, Area 15 semifinals against Falkville and 16 in finals against Tanner. Both figures led his team. Had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists against Westminster Christian. Poured in season-high 27 points against Ardmore.

ZackOrr,
Danville, 6-1, Sr.

Averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds a game, both team highs. Scored at least 30 points four times. Gave the Hawks 32 points in a win over Vinemont. In the Class 3A, Area 11 tournament, Orr’s steal and basket with seven seconds left gave Danville a 55-53 upset of top-seeded Good Hope. Finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals in that game.

Demarcus King,
Tanner, 6-1, Sr.

Averaged 13.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals a game for Tanner’s FinalFour team. Made 83 from 3-point range at a 39-percent clip. Had seven 3-pointers and 23 points in Tanner’s win over West Morgan in the Class 2A, Area 15 finals. Had 17 points, nine rebounds and two steals in an upset of Decatur. Scored 20 points in state semifinals against R.C. Hatch. Made all-area in 2006.

Quinn McGhee,
R.A. Hubbard, 6-1, Sr.

Paced his team to the Northwest Regional semifinals with 17 points, 13 rebounds and six assists a game. Had 28 points in a win over Speake, which also made the regionals. Poured in 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over East Lawrence. He had 21 points and 12 rebounds in one meeting with Decatur Heritage and 18 points and 14 rebounds in another.

BOYS THIRD TEAM

Demetrius Garner,
Hazlewood, 6-0, Sr.

Paced the team with four steals and three steals a game. Averaged only eight points a game, but with the game on the line, he usually had the ball. His game-winning shots against Colbert County twice and LawrenceCounty and Decatur Heritage once each. Against Lawrence County, he drove the length of the floor for a buzzer beater in a 59-57 victory. Started for four years for the GoldenBears.

Darren Hand,
Hatton, 6-4, Soph.

Played every position from point guard to center at some point during the season. Led his team with 18.4 points a game. Also averaged 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game for the Hornets. He topped 30 points four times during the season. In one of his biggest games, he poured in 33 points in a 68-58 victory over Colbert Heights. Had 23 points and nine rebounds in a narrow 70-63 loss to R.A. Hubbard.

Juarez Fitzgerald,
Speake, 5-7, Jr.

Averaged 14.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals a game. Had 25 points, eight assists and three steals in a win over Hatton. Scored 22 points in a win over Meek. Had 21 points and five assists in the Bobcats’ victory over East Lawrence in the Lawrence County tournament. When Speake beat R.A. Hubbard for the Class 1A, Area 11 title, he had 17 points and six assists.

Blake Moore,
Clements, 6-6, Sr.

Averaged 13.7 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. Both figures led the team. A four-year starter for the Colts. Scored more than 1,000 points in his career. Had 16 points and 18 rebounds in a win over East Limestone. Had 23 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime win over West Limestone. Had 21 points and 13 rebounds against Elkmont. Contributed 19 points and eight rebounds to a win over Lexington.

De’El Watkins,
Decatur Heritage, 6-0, Soph.

Led his team in scoring with 9.6 points a game. Also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals a game. Sank 66.7 percent of his free throws. Had 15 points and seven rebounds to beat Westminster Christian. Produced 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals to beat Huntland (Tenn.). Had 19 points and six rebounds against MuscleShoals.

GIRLS FIRST TEAM

Hollye Keenum,
Tanner, 5-6, Sr.

Averaged 21.2 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals a game. Made 45.6 percent from the field. MVP of Northwest Regional after having 31 points and four assists against Mars Hill in the semifinals and 18 points and four steals against Westminster Christian in the finals. Scored 28 points in sub-regionals against Cleveland when she sank 15 of 18 from the free throw line. Made first-team all-state. Made all-area in 2005 and ’06.

Kylie Black,
Speake, 6-1, Soph.

Averaged 24.4 points, 16.6 rebounds and 6.5 blocked shots a game. Posted four triple-doubles in points, rebounds and blocks. Had at least 10 rebounds in every game. Had 38 points and 18 rebounds in the Class 1A, Area 11 tournament championship win over Mount Hope. Had 43 points, 18 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Meek and 41 points, 27 rebounds and five blocks against Athens Bible. Made all-area in 2006.

Bailee Robinson,
Elkmont, 5-6, Soph.

Led her team with 19.3 points a game. She also averaged 7.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Especially effective against East Limestone, scoring 24 points against the Lady Indians on Jan. 5 and then putting up a season-high 32 points against them Jan. 11. She hit for 27 points against Class 2A Final Four participant Tanner and 24 against 3A state champion Sheffield. Made second-team all-state.

Amber Jones,
Hazlewood, 5-7, Soph.

Averaged 21 points, four assists, five steals and three rebounds a game. Had 15 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and five steals in the Class 1A state finals against McIntosh. Named MVPof Northwest Regional. Had 21 points and seven steals in a semifinal win over Sulligent. Made all-state first team in 2005 and ’07. One of three finalists for 1A girls player of the year. Made all-area in 2004 and ’05.

Jessy Willingham,
Addison, 5-9, Jr.

Paced her team with 21.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals a game. Had 22 points and nine rebounds against Speake. Scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against then-No. 2 Cold Springs. Produced 24 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals against Oakman. Made second-team all-state. Made all-area in 2005 and ’06.

GIRLS SECOND TEAM

Cecily Woods,
Tanner, 5-9, Sr.

Scored 15 points a game for a team that advanced to the Class 2A Final Four. Averaged 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots a game. Scored 36 points in a win over Clements. In the Class 2A, Area 15 finals against Hatton, she had 25 points, including 17 in the second half. Had 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field in a sub-regional win over Cleveland.

Kirsten McClure,
Athens Bible, 5-6, Sr.

Led her team in scoring (14.5 points a game), assists (3.6) and steals (3.8). Ranked second with 6.4 rebounds a game. Her 1,076 points are the most in the program’s history. Scored 29 points in a loss to Class 1A state finalist Hazlewood. Had 22 points against Tharptown. Her 20 points and 10 rebounds helped ABS to a six-point win over Randolph. Had 17 points and six assists against Tanner. Made all-area in 2006.

Jasmine Patton,
Hazlewood, 5-9, Jr.

Averaged 16 points and a team-high 10 rebounds a game. Also averaged four assists and five steals. Made the all-state tournament team after scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the championship game. Averaged eight rebounds a game during the Lady Golden Bears’ run to the Northwest Regional title. Made second-team all-state.

Lauren Simmons,
Danville, 6-2, Sr.

Averaged 10.2 points and 1.7 blocked shots and grabbed a team-high 10.0 rebounds. Had five double-doubles in eight area games. Had 20 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in sub-regional win over SumitonChristian. Had 23 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks against Hanceville and 12 points and 19 rebounds against Speake. Made honorable mention all-state. Made all-area in 2006.

Candace Lee,
Decatur Heritage, 5-7, Sr.

Did a little of everything, averaging 16.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals a game. Had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists in a win over Westminster Christian. Had 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals against Phil Campbell, and 21 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in a win over Athens Bible. Made all-area in 2006.

GIRLS THIRD TEAM

LaCresha Petty,
Clements, 5-6, Jr.

Averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.3 assists for the Lady Colts. Sank 67.3 percent of her free throws. Against Wayne County, she sank 5 of 7 of her 3-pointers and had 32 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Scored 31 points against Lexington. Had 24 points and three steals in one meeting against Class 2A Final Four participant Tanner and 23 points and four assists in another.

Laura Rutherford,
Mount Hope, 5-9, Sr.

Averaged 12.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.0 steals a game for Mount Hope, which reached the Class 1A, Area 11 championship game. A four-year starter. Scored season-high 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds against Lynn. Had 13 points and 13 rebounds against Speake. Her basket with five seconds to play forced overtime, and the Lady Yellow Jackets pulled off a 68-59 victory.

Natalie Harrison,
W. Limestone, 5-5, Sr.

Scored a team-high 16.2 points a game. Also averaged 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals a game. Sank 68.8 percent of her free throws and 31.1 percent from 3-point range. Had 25 points and seven rebounds in a win over Athens Bible. Scored 27 points against both East Limestone and Priceville. She had 26 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Columbia.

Chasitey Garner,
Hazlewood, 5-2, Sr.

Averaged 10 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals a game. Started at point guard for four straight Final Four squads, including three straight that reached the Class 1A state title game. Turned in 10 points, nine steals and five assists whenHazlewood defeated R.A. Hubbard in the Northwest Regional finals. Had 16 points and six steals in two Final Four games. Made all-area in 2006.

Bernisha Harris,
R.A. Hubbard, 5-11, Soph.

Paced the Lady Chiefs’ inside game with team highs in scoring (16 points a game) and rebounding (eight a game). Had 16 points and nine rebounds in the Northwest Regional finals against Hazlewood. Also had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the semifinals against Marion County.

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