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Grovetown duo share award

Posted: March 19, 2016 - 11:02pm  |  Updated: March 20, 2016 - 12:07am
Grovetown's Destiny Marshall helped lead the Lady Warriors to a school-record 28-2 campaign that included a region title and a top-10 state rank.  Photo by Chris Gay
Photo by Chris Gay
Grovetown's Destiny Marshall helped lead the Lady Warriors to a school-record 28-2 campaign that included a region title and a top-10 state rank.

Girls basketball in Columbia County has been on the rise for the past decade.

For years, girls teams in Columbia County simply could not compete on a regular basis with Richmond County. Well, that has changed. I give the rise of the Georgia Sting AAU Program plenty of credit. I also think the improvement has sustained for so long because of the quality of the coaches currently in the county.

This year, Grovetown was King of the Mountain. The Lady Warriors spent the entire season among the top-ranked teams in the state and finished the campaign with a 28-2 mark. There were several other stellar individual performances that warrant recognition. So here is the 2015-16 All-Columbia County Girls Basketball Team.

 

First Team

Destiny Marshall (Jr., Grovetown)

Marshall led the county in scoring at 20.8 ppg. She also earned Region 2-AAAAA Player of the Year. She is getting attention from a number of D-II programs and should be primed for another big season next year.

 

McKenna Lawrence (Sr., Evans)

Lawrence missed some time with an injury, but hit the ground running when she returned. Lawrence averaged 18.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game this season. She has signed with Jacksonville State.

 

Sydney Grayden (Jr., Greenbrier)

Grayden really came into her own this season. With Greenbrier losing most of its offense to graduation, she stepped up by averaging 13.1 points per contest. She also continued her great work on the glass by grabbing 12.8 boards per game.

 

Kwajelin Farrar (Sr., Grovetown)

Farrar played great on the summer circuit and continued that solid play with the Lady Warriors. She controlled the inside at times, hauling in 13.6 rebounds per game. She also averaged 10.6 points and 3.6 steals per game. She has offers from Augusta University, Belmont Abbey, Claflin, and several other schools are showing interest.

 

Lexi Jeffcoat (Soph., Evans)

Jeffcoat is a lot of fun to watch and she has a very bright future. Although only a 10th-grader she averaged 14.8 points per outing. That number ballooned to over 18 ppg. when Lawrence was down with an injury. She also shot 46 percent from three point range nailing 44 of 95 shots.

 

Ayana Collins (Soph., Grovetown)

Collins was a transfer to Grovetown and boy did she pay major dividends. She averaged 15.1 points and 9.2 boards per season. She also averaged 4.0 steals per game. Grovetown lost a key player (Naomi Hughes) to injury in the off-season, so Collins emergence was just what the doctor ordered for Coach Echols.

Second Team

Julia Hatcher (Sr., Augusta Prep) 17.4 ppg and over 5 steals per contest.

 

Elizabeth Metress (Jr., Grovetown) Did all the little things for Grovetown.

 

Madison Williamson (Sr., Harlem) 11.4 points and over 16 points per game.

 

Janae Simpson (Sr., Greenbrier) 11.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

 

Yasmine Avery (Soph., Greenbrier) Motor runs at 100 percent all the time. 9.7 pts. and 8.1 rebounds per game.

 

Honorable Mention

Zakira Goldsberry (Grovetown); Skylar Strickland (Harlem); Banks Collier (Augusta Prep); Harper Sims (Augusta Prep)’ Amber Tally (Lakeside); Jaylan Jones (Lakeside); Caroline Johnson (Lakeside); Caitlyn Cox (Lakeside); Ruthie Owens (Augusta Prep); Tori Williams (Augusta Prep)

 

Co-Players of the Year: Destiny Marshall and Kwajelin Farrar (Grovetown)

Marshall led the county in scoring at 20.8 points per game while Farrar dominated the glass at 13.6 rebounds per outing.

 

Coach of Year: Jaime Echols (Grovetown)

Hard to debate this one. Echols dealt with a season ending injury to a key player and was able to get several newcomers to mesh well with his returnees. The team went undefeated versus county foes and won the 2-AAAAA Region Title. Echols has built Grovetown into one of the best programs in the CSRA.

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