Sylacauga, C'burg lead 4A-5A All-County team
by LaVonte Young
Jul 04, 2012 | 3197 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After starting out slow to kick off the season, the Sylacauga Lady Aggies basketball team had an impressive second half.

Sylacauga went 11-5 in the second half of the season. The Lady Aggies went on to win the Class 5A Area 7 title and came up a few points short of making the Class 5A Central Regional Tournament finals.

For their efforts, the Lady Aggies had four players to earn 2012 All-Talladega County Basketball honors. The Lady Aggies earned Player and Coach of the Year honors.

“We started the season out slow,” Sylacauga head coach Derrick Crawford said. “We were minus two pretty good basketball players in the first half of the season. We went to the Oneonta tournament during Christmas break and we didn’t win a single game there, but we played well. We felt like we could be a pretty good basketball team after going up against pretty good competition. In the second half of the season, we got better every week. The kids bought in and, with the addition of Myisha Burns being a senior and the leadership that she brought, it really helped us out a lot. Then Shakayla, she had an awesome season. She ended up being Class 5A Player of the Year. She came to work everyday and she had a great attitude. With the help of her teammates, she was able to win that award. Without her teammates, there is no way possible she could have won that award.”

Shakayla Thomas earned first team All-Talladega County honors as well as The Daily Home Player of the Year honors. The Class 5A Player of the Year averaged 33 points, 16 rebounds and five assists per game.

Myisha Burns earned second team honors for Sylacauga. The senior post player was the Lady Aggies second leading scorer and rebounder. In their game against Central Tuscaloosa, she scored 13 of her 14 points when Thomas was on the bench with foul trouble.

Seventh grader Tierra Dark earned second team honors for the Lady Aggies. Maliyah Patton earned honorable mention honors.

Crawford earned Coach of the Year honors for the Aggies.

“It all goes to those girls,” Crawford said. “I am the leader, but you have to have good players to put yourself in position to receive that honor. We are honored me and my coaching staff as well as our players.”

The Childersburg Lady Tigers had great season amid adversity. The Lady Tigers head coach Lin Slater, who was the front-runner for Coach of the Year honors, was dismissed with four games left in the regular season.

The 2012 Talladega County Champions were able to pull things together, but they fell to the eventual Class 4A Champions, the Jacksonville Lady Eagles.

The Lady Tigers went 26-2 on the season and had five girls to earn All-County honors. Mac Kelly earned first team honors for the Lady Tigers. The All-State player averaged 17 points, seven rebounds, six steals and 1.5 blocks per game this season.

Kalen Starks also earned first team honors on the 2012 All-County team. The versatile sophomore forward averaged nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game.

The Lady Tigers floor general, senior Rodericka Barclay, also earned first team honors for Childersburg.

Caneasha Calhoun earned second team honors for the Lady Tigers while Erial Jones earned honorable mention honors.

The Lincoln Lady Golden Bears had two players to earn All-County honors. Andreka Wills earned second team honors and Shakiyla Terry earned honorable honors.

The Munford Lions had a solid season. The Lady Tigers were the runner-up in Class 4A Area 9 and were knocked in the Sub-Regional Tournament by Anniston. Munford had two players to earn All-County honors. Tashayla Turner earned first team honors and Jessica Butterworth earned honorable mention honors.

The Lady Tigers of Talladega went through a rebuilding season as they only recorded four wins. The Lady Tigers had four players to earn All-County honors. Jamesha Chatman earned first team honors, while Alexus Morgan earned second team honors. Jada Reynolds and Shamesha Truss earned honorable mention honors.