2013-14 was a stellar year for girls basketball in Columbia County. A record three teams advanced to the AAAAA State playoffs, including an Elite 8 run by Greenbrier. Columbia County was long thought of as a push over in girls hoops, but that is certainly not the case anymore. I am not always a huge fan of the AAU Circuit, but in Columbia County Girls Basketball part of the credit must go to the Georgia Sting AAU Program, but we also have a group of phenomenal high school coaches in the county right now, and it shows on the court. There were some tremendous individual performances this year as well. So many that my job selecting the All-County squad was as tough as any year I can remember.
Here is your Columbia County Girls All-County Basketball Team:
Mallory Myers (Jr. 5-4, Point Guard / Greenbrier)
Myers was the straw that stirred the drink for the Pack. She may not always get as much attention as some of her higher scoring teammates, but there is absolutely no way they win 24 games without Myers running the team. She averaged 8 points, 7.8 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. Her assist total led the county and was in the top five in the state. With Myers at the helm and all five starters back, Greenbrier should be in line to make another deep run next year.
Jasmine Stone (Sr. 5-9, Guard / Evans)
Stone completed an outstanding career by leading Evans to a 17-10 mark and pouring in 22.2 points per game, which led the entire state Class AAAAA. She eclipsed the 1,500 point plateau for her career and colleges have taken note. She has D-I offers from Alabama A&M and Bethune Cookman as well as D-II offers from USC-Aiken, Georgia Southwestern, Georgia College & State, Lander, Rollins (Fla.), Gannon (Penn.) just to name a few. She is also getting attention from San Diego State, North Florida, and Louisiana-Monroe. She was selected to play in the GACA State All-Star Game as well as the CSRA All-Star Game.
Leah Ferguson (Jr. 5-9, Forward / Grovetown)
Ferguson led the way as Grovetown turned in another 20-win season. The Lady Warriors were extremely balanced, but Ferguson averaged 13.0 ppg. and 7.2 rebounds. She was named 1st Team All-Region and will contend for County Player of the Year next season.
Anna Motes (Sr. 5-9, Guard / Augusta Christian)
Like Stone, Motes has had a wonderful prep career. She was named All-Region four times and was a three-time All-State selection. She averaged 17.3 ppg. this season and ends her career among the top scorers in Lady Lions history. She also shot 83% from the free throw line, grabbed 4.1 boards, dished out 3.2 assists, and had 4.8 steals. She is also ACS’s career steals leader.
Morgan Taylor (Jr. 5-9, Forward / Greenbrier)
Taylor does a little bit of everything for Coach Basinger and the Pack. She averaged 14.5 points per game on a very talented team. She also led the team with 8.5 rebounds per game, and led the entire county with 4.9 steals per contest. She helped guide the Pack to a 24-7 mark and a trip to the Elite 8. She was also a 1st Team All-Region Selection.
Jennifer McMahon (Jr. 5-10, Guard / Greenbrier)
McMahon is one of the best long range shooters in the state. This season she nailed a county best 90 three pointers. She paced the Lady Pack in scoring with 15.9 points per game. She also grabbed 5.3 boards and had 2.3 steals per game. She was selected to play in the GACA State Junior All-Star Game last weekend in Savannah.
KymMya Thomas (Fr. 5-8, Guard / Augusta Christian)
The sky is the limit for this talented ninth grader. She averaged 14.3 points per game, but is extremely well rounded for such a young player. She knocked down 46 three pointers, averaged 4.3 boards, 3.6 assists, and 2.9 steals per game. She scored 20 or more points eight times for the Lady Lions.
Destiny Marshall (Fr. 5-10, Forward / Greenbrier)
Like Thomas, Marshall has a load of talent for such a young player. As she matures and continues to work on her game, she has a chance to be a special player. She averaged 13.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per game this year.
Naomi Hughes (Soph. 6-1, F-C / Grovetown)
Hughes was a very steady player for Coach Echols and the Lady Warriors. With her size and potential she has a chance to be an excellent college prospect in a couple of years. This season she averaged 9.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. First Team All-Region choice.
Alayah Canteen (Sr. 5-10, Guard / Grovetown)
Team Captain for Grovetown this year. Second Team All-Region choice. Averaged 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. She ends her varsity career with 75 wins.
Kwajellin Farrar (Soph. 6-1, F-C / Grovetown)
Farrar should team with Hughes for the next two years to wreak havoc in Class AAAAA. This season the sophomore averaged 9.7 points and tied for the county lead with 13.0 boards per game. Another great college prospect for Grovetown.
Elyssa Melton (Jr. 5-7, Forward / Evans)
Melton is fun to watch play because she gives every ounce she has. This season she averaged 7.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 3.4 steals per game. She truly did everything asked of her and then some. With the graduation of Stone, her scoring average should soar next year. I would be stunned if she is not a first team selection in 2014-15.
Autumn Johnson (Evans)
McKenna Lawrence (Evans)
Sydney Grayden (Greenbrier)
Rashanna Porter (Grovetown)
Madison Williamson (Harlem)
Olivia Fitzgerald (Harlem)
Clarissa Hopkins (Lakeside)
Amber Talley (Lakeside)
Eliza Brownfield (Lakeside)
Player of the Year: Jasmine Stone (Sr. Evans)
Stone wins the award for a 2nd straight year. This season, she led the county and Class AAAAA in scoring this season with 22.2 points per game, despite being double teamed most games. She nailed 81 three pointers and topped 1,500 points for her career. It has truly been a joy to watch her incredible improvement from her 8th grade year to this season. She was a McDonald’s All-American Nominee (the first in school history) and was chosen to play in the GACA State All-Star Game and the CSRA All-Star Game next month. She currently has 11 college scholarship offers, but that number may rise.
Coach of the Year: Stephanie Basinger (Greenbrier)
This was the toughest selection I had to make this season. Jaime Echols at Grovetown won 20 games with a little less talent and is as good a coach as we have in the CSRA in my opinion. I also think Ryan Morningstar (Evans) is a tremendous coach and Nick Isaac is a solid young coach at Augusta Christian. However, when you go 24-7 overall, 10-2 in region play, win the region title and make it to the Elite 8, while starting five underclassmen.
Well, that is hard to overlook. The Lady Pack have a legitimate shot to make the school’s second ever Final 4 appearance next season. So, congrats to Stephanie Basinger, Columbia County’s 2013-14 Coach of the Year.