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Class 4A-6A Basketball All-Area

BOYS FIRST TEAM

Rico Pickett,
Decatur, 6-3, Sr.

Led the Red Raiders to the 5A Final Four with 19.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.2 steals a game. Set a regional record with 42 points against Muscle Shoals. Had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in a win over Sparkman. Rolled up 27 points and six assists in area finals against Muscle Shoals. Nominated for the McDonald’s All-America Game. Made first-team all-state and the state’s Super Five. Made all-area in 2006.

Jay Sears,
Austin, 6-2, Sr.

Paced the team in scoring for the second straight year with 18 points. Also averaged six rebounds and four assists a game. Made the all-Northwest Regional team after having 15 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the finals. Scored 23 points in a sub-regional win over Hazel Green. Nominated for the McDonald’s All-America Game. Was honorable mention all-state. Was The Daily’s 4A-6A player of the year in 2006.

Josh Bedwell,
Priceville, 6-0, Sr.

Averaged 24.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists a game. Made 88.3 percent of his free throws. Made 130 of his 3-pointers this season (third all-time in Alabama). For his career, he scored 2,276 career points (13th all-time) and sank 335 of his 3-pointers (fifth all-time). Scored 44 against Brewer and 41 against West Morgan. First-team Class 4A all-state. Was The Daily’s 1A-3A player of the year in 2006.

Myles King,
Lawrence Co., 6-1, Jr.

Led his team in scoring for the third straight year with 21 points a game. He also averaged three rebounds and two assists a game. Scored 25 points and passed out six assists in a sub-regional victory over East Limestone. Had 33 points and 10 rebounds in the Lawrence County tournament finals win over Hazlewood. Made honorable mention Class 4A all-state. Made all-area in 2006.

Jarodiaus Willingham, Decatur, 6-41/2, Sr.

Ranked second for the RedRaiders with 12.9 points a game and led with 8.0 rebounds a game. Also ranked second with 1.3 assists a game. Decatur’s most accurate shooter from the field with 51.4 percent. Produced 19 points and nine rebounds in a win over Austin. Had 22 points and nine rebounds as Decatur beat Florence. Had 19 points and 11 rebounds against Brewer.

BOYS SECOND TEAM

Travis Cohn,
Austin, 6-2, Sr.

Averaged 12 points, six assists and four rebounds a game for a team that advanced to the Class 6A Final Four. Made the all-Northwest Regional team. He had 15 points in a regional semifinal win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in a finals win over Thompson. Scored a career-high 33 points in a win over Hazel Green.

Verkeneo Mann,
Austin, 6-2, Soph.

Earned Northwest Regional most valuable player honors after producing 23 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots in the finals against Thompson. Also had a team-high 18 points in a semifinal win over Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa. Averaged 12 points, four rebounds and three assists a game. Had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a win over MuscleShoals.

Rusty Boyd,
Brewer, 6-7, Sr.

Led his team in scoring (17.0 points a game) and rebounding (6.5 a game). Sank 81 percent of his free throws. Scored 28 points in a win over Cullman. Also had 25 points against West Morgan, 20 against Arab, 19 against Hartselle, 19 against Grissom and 19 against Columbia. Had 12 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks against Decatur Heritage.

Jackson Holmes,
Hartselle, 6-3, Sr.

Led the team with 12.1 points and 5.0 rebounds a game for a team that improved from two wins last year to 20 this season. When Hartselle beat Cullman in the Class 5A, Area 13 championship game, he led all scorers with 16 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Had 16 points in a one-point win over rival Brewer. Poured in 23 points against Class 4A power East Limestone.

Matthew Clem, Ardmore, 6-3, Sr.

Averaged 17.6 points and 3.9 rebounds a game. Sank 99 of 131 free throws for 75.6 percent. Scored 31 points against East Limestone. Poured in 25 against Haleyville. Had 25 points in a 71-51 win over Priceville. Scored 20 points, made three 3-pointers and sank all five of his free throws in a win over then-No. 4 Lauderdale County.

BOYS THIRD TEAM

Matthew Pugh,
Lawrence Co., 6-3, Jr.

Ranked second on the team with 12 points a game. His seven rebounds a game also ranked second. Had 20 points and eight rebounds in a win over Fairview that clinched the area regular-season title. Scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds and was 10-of-11 on free throws in a win over R.A. Hubbard. Had 10 points and 10 rebounds in a regional win over Central-Florence.

Dakota Matthews,
East Lawrence, 5-11, Sr.

Averaged 14.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.0 steals a game. Led the team in all three categories. Scored 21 points and passed out five assists in a win over Shoals Christian. Poured in 22 points against Haleyville. Scored 20 points against Priceville. Scored 19 points and grabbed four rebounds in the Lawrence County tournament against Speake. Had 11 points and 12 rebounds in a victory over Fairview.

JustinPitts,
Athens, 6-4, Sr.

Paced his team with 14 points and six rebounds a game. Produced 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots against Elkmont. In another game against Elkmont, he had a season-high 22 points and seven rebounds. Had 18 points and six rebounds against Tanner. Scored only six points against Columbia but contributed 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Alex Brown,
Hartselle, 6-2, Jr.

Ranked as the second-leading scorer (9.3 points a game) for a team that won the Class 5A, Area 13 championship. Also averaged 3.3 rebounds a game. Made 103 from 3-point range at a 48-percent clip. Sank a shot with seven seconds left to beat Albertville 52-51. Scored 15 points in a win over Athens. Posted 11 points in the Morgan County championship game when Hartselle beat Priceville.

Rishard Tapscott, Decatur, 6-1, Sr.

Averaged 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals a game. Sank 78.3 percent of his free throws. Despite playing on a balanced team, he ranked third in playing time with more than 22 minutes a game. Scored 19 points in the SportsMed Shootout finals against Ouachita Parrish of Louisiana. Scored 18 points a win over Austin.

GIRLS FIRST TEAM

LaurenDrake,
Hartselle, 5-10, Sr.

Averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.9 steals, 2.5 assists and 1.9 blocks a game. Scored in double figures in 32 of 35 games and had double-figure rebounds in 19 games. Finished with 1,733 career points and 1,199 career rebounds. Had 20 points, 14 rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocked shots against Brainerd (Tenn.) and 17 points and 17 rebounds against Cullman. Four-year starter. Named all-area in 2005 and ’06.

Keona Shoulders,
Athens, 5-7, Sr.

Averaged team highs with 15 points and nine rebounds a game. Sank 54 percent of her shots from the field. In a win over Decatur, she was 12-of-13 shooting and had a season-high 28 points. Had 23 points, nine rebounds and four steals in a win over Decatur Heritage. Had 27 points and 11 rebounds against Sheffield. In a loss to eventual 5A Final Four team Hartselle, she had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Named all-area in 2005 and ’06.

Andrea Crawford,
Brewer, 5-6, Sr.

Averaged 13.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.1 steals a game. Scored 1,329 career points. Had 30 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter alone, as Brewer beat Hartselle for the Class 5A, Area 13 title. Beat 5A state finalist Arab with a 5-foot jumper at the buzzer. MVPof Morgan County tournament with 17 points and five assists in the finals against Hartselle.

Paige Hood,
East Lawrence, 5-6, Sr.

Helped the Lady Eagles to the Northwest Regional by averaging 21.3 points, five rebounds and three steals a game. Had 15 games of at least 20 points and three of at least 30 points. Had 41 points, 11 rebounds and five steals against Brooks and made the winning basket with two seconds left. Had 34 points, 12 rebounds and six steals against Hatton and 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists against Priceville.

MaryVirginia Reeves, Hartselle, 5-11, Sr.

Averaged 12.1 points and 7.2 rebounds for a team that won 28 games and made the Class 5A FinalFour. Had 1,253 career points and 743 career rebounds. Named MVPof the Northwest Regional after managing 16 points, six rebounds and three steals in the finals against Wenonah. Had 26 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Muscle Shoals.

GIRLS SECOND TEAM

Courtney Medlen,
Athens, 5-71/2, Sr.

Averaged 12 points, five rebounds and three assists a game. Sank 38 percent of her 3-point shots. Had 19 points, 12 assists and five 3-pointers in a win over Sheffield, the eventual Class 3A state champions. Contributed 21 points, eight assists and three steals in a win over Decatur Heritage. Had 21 and 22 points in two games Elkmont and five 3-pointers in each contest.

Courtney Scott,
Brewer, 6-2, Sr.

Ranked second on the team with 12.2 points a game. Averaged a team-leading 7.8 rebounds a game. Scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Northwest Regional semifinals against Wenonah. Had 13 points and seven rebounds in a Morgan County tournament finals win over Hartselle. Had 15 points and 16 rebounds against East Lawrence. Produced 14 points and 12 rebounds in a sub-regional win over Muscle Shoals.

Sallie BethBurch,
Lawrence Co., 5-5, Sr.

Played point guard and averaged 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.9 steals a game. Had 16 points, four assists and 10 steals against Fairview. Scored 22 points and passed out five assists against Hatton. Scored 19 points in the Northwest Regional semifinals against Deshler. Scored 17 points against Priceville and 16 against West Limestone.

Nakia McDaniel,
Lawrence Co., 5-6, Soph.

Led her team with 13.6 points a game. Also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.0 steals a game. Made 34.6 percent of her 3-pointers and 67.2 percent of her free throws. Scored 23 points in a win over R.A. Hubbard in the Lawrence County tournament semifinals. Also scored 22 points against both East Limestone and Speake and 21 against both Hatton and J.O. Johnson.

DanielleJefferson, East Limestone, 5-7, Sr.

Scored a team-leading 17.8 points a game as East Limestone won 22 games and the Class 4A, Area 14 title. Also averaged 4.7 rebounds. Had 40 points, six rebounds and three steals against Elkmont. Had 21 points and nine assists in win over Tanner in Limestone County tournament finals. Made honorable mention all-state.

GIRLS THIRD TEAM

LaKendra Wright,
East Lawrence, 5-9, Sr.

Averaged 16 points, four rebounds and three steals a game. Scored 20 or more points in 11 games. Posted a season-high 29 points against Red Bay in the Lauderdale County tournament. Had 27 points, with 13 rebounds and five steals in a win over Fairview. Scored 27 points against Brewer, 25 points against Speake and 23 points against Priceville. Made all-area in 2006.

Jazmine Powers,
Austin, 5-4, Jr.

Led the LadyBlackBears with 10 points a game. Also averaged a team-high 2.3 assists a game. Pulled down 3.2 rebounds. Made 35 steals. Scored 20 points in a loss to HazelGreen. Despite foul trouble in a win over Florence, she scored 19 points, had five rebounds, three assists and a steal, all in just 16 minutes on the floor. Scored 16 points in a win over Class 2A power Tanner and 15 points and 6A power Bob Jones.

Jessica Andrews,
Hartselle, 5-7, Sr.

Paced the Lady Tigers to the Class 5A Final Four as their point guard, averaging 9.6 points and 5.1 assists a game. Made 87 from 3-point range at a 39-percent clip. Scored a team-high 17 points in a win over Carver-Montgomery. Had 12 points on four 3-pointers in a win over Russellville. Scored 18 points against Memphis-Central. Four-year starter with 417 career assists.

Shea Mason,
Lawrence Co., 5-8, Sr.

Averaged 12.8 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds a game. Also led the team with 53.9-percent shooting from the field. Scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in a 58-56 overtime win over rival East Lawrence. Produced 23 points and eight rebounds to help beat West Limestone. Had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Brooks. Scored 22 points against Hatton. Made all-area in 2005.

Emily Brackeen, East Limestone, 5-6, Jr.

Led her team with 12.7 rebounds a game. Also averaged 10.1 points and 6.0 assists a game. Had 18 points and 17 rebounds against Athens. Managed 13 points, 20 rebounds and six assists against Tanner in a Limestone County tournament win. Had 24 points against West Limestone and 18 points and 16 rebounds in another meeting with Tanner.

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