Commercial Appeal 2012 Girls Basketball Best of the Preps
BOYS FINALISTS GIRLS FINALISTS Andre Applewhite Nina Davis Central senior Central junior Applewhite made his senior year one to remember as Last year’s player of the year as a sophomore, Davis he led the Warriors to the AAA state tournament for the followed it up with a terrific junior year for the Lady War- first time since 1982. The 6-5 do-it-all guard averaged riors. The highly-touted Davis averaged 19.4 points, 9.0 just over 18 points during the regular season and then rebounds, 2.6 assists and 3.6 steals while shooting 50 averaged 26 per game as the Warriors advanced to the CLASS AAA BOYS TEAM CLASS AAA GIRLS TEAM percent from the floor. Davis was the district and region championship game, where they lost to 16-AAA rival East Front row (from left) — Bennie Williams, Kirby, senior; Desmond Collins, Bolton, senior; Myron Johnson, Front row (from left) — Olivia Cunningham, Southaven, sophomore; Briauna Mitchell, Hamilton, sopho- MVP and was one of three finalists for AAA Miss Basket- Central, senior; Jordan Washington, Craigmont, senior; Sam Craft, Craigmont, junior; Jajuan Johnson, more; Kaelin Kneeland, Center Hill, junior; Jasmine Golden, Center Hill, senior; Bianca Cage, Southwind, to end the year 20-10. senior; Destiny James, Bartlett, senior; Janeka Williams, East, junior; Aysha Harris, Houston, sopho- ball. Southwind, junior; Jemerrio Jones, Melrose, sophomore; Jerry Johnson, Wooddale, sophomore; Randy Brown, DeSoto Central, senior. Middle row — Anthony Cole, Arlington, senior; Payton Hulsey, South- more; Teresa Mays, Wooddale, junior; Queen Hayes, Southaven, sophomore. Middle row — Ariel Hearn, wind, junior; Joshua Jones, Central, junior; Anthlon Bell, Bartlett, senior; Marquarius Boddie, Bartlett, Arlington, senior; Tia Coleman, Whitehaven, senior; Jessica Howard, Whitehaven, senior; Brittany Grant, senior; Devonte Hampton, Melrose, senior; Adam Weary, Ridgeway, senior; Cameron Golden, Ridgeway, Horn Lake, junior; Amber Holmes, Southwind, sophomore; Loganne Whiting, Melrose, junior; Ashley senior; Andre Applewhite, Central, senior; Matthew Butler, East, junior; Blake Ross, Collierville, senior; Winston, Bolton, senior; Philecia Atkins, Overton, sophomore; Red Payne, White Station, senior; Brianna Anthlon Bell Darrius White, Overton, senior. Back row — Keith Collins, Houston, junior; Rhyan Townes, Arlington, Mitchell, Germantown, junior; Ashley Jackson, Ridgeway, sophomore. Back row — Nina Davis, Central, Lauren Douglas Bartlett senior junior; Johnathan Williams, Southwind, junior; Leron Black, White Station, sophomore; Jamyre Moffett, junior; Aaliyah Whiteside, Central, senior; Logan Hammonds, Arlington, senior; Tia Wooten, Central, Briarcrest senior Horn Lake, senior; Demetrius Dyson, Brighton, junior; Nick King, East, junior; Kordario Fleming, Ridge- sophomore; Savannah Kimmons, Horn Lake, senior; Tiara Caldwell, Millington, junior; Odegua Oigbokie, way, senior; Earvin Morris, East, senior; Markel Crawford, Melrose, junior; El Paso Johnson, Millington, Ridgeway, junior; Kelsey Briggs, Overton, junior; Jessica Brown, Collierville, sophomore; Cornelia Fon- Bell, a 6-3 sharpshooter, ended his prep career as one dren, Overton, senior; Kristen Eley, DeSoto Central, senior. The 6-1 Douglas, who will play collegiately at North- junior; Ricky Johnson, DeSoto Central, senior. Not pictured — James Kilpatrick, Cordova, junior. of the Shelby-Metro area’s best long-range threats. The western, led Briarcrest to the Division 2-AA state semi- Arkansas signee averaged nearly 21 points per game in finals and a 27-4 record. A finalist for Miss Basketball in leading the Panthers to a 28-4 record and an appearance Division 2-AA, Douglas averaged 17.4 points and nearly in the AAA sectional round. Bell scored over 2,200 points 11 rebounds per contest while shooting 49.5 percent from in his career and will graduate as Bartett’s No. 2 career l the floor and 77 percent from the line. scorer. Nick King Cornelia Fondren East junior Overton senior Already one of the top national prospects in the Class Fondren was the heart and soul of an Overton team that of 2013, King did his reputation no harm this year, leading advanced to the AAA state semifinals and ended the year the Mustangs to the AAA state championship while earn- with a 30-3 mark. The versatile Syracuse signee aver- ing Most Valuable Player honors. The 6-8 King averaged aged 12 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 steals, racking up a 21 points and almost 10 rebounds per game for the quadruple double in one game for the district and region Mustangs, who finished the year 23-9 and won the state champions. CLASS A-AA BOYS TEAM championship for the first time since 1996. Front row (from left) — Jeremy Jackson, Fairley, senior; Nathan Cole, Mitchell, senior; Donvon Mat- thews, Douglass, senior; Montrezes Gary, Westwood, senior; Rayford Albright, Manassas, sophomore; Aquarius Stevenson, Mitchell, senior; Jaquize Harmon, Sheffield, senior. Middle row — Kenneth Millbrook, Douglass, senior; Zarmarlus Griffin, Washington, junior; Dominick Tolbert, Oakhaven, senior; CLASS A-AA GIRLS TEAM Clarence Wilson, Carver, senior; Jawan Alston, Covington, senior; Devion Draine, Covington, senior; Front row (from left) — RaKesha Curry, Washington, sophomore; Terrica Robinson, Washington, junior; Martavious Newby Broderick Davis, Sheffield, junior. Back row — Martavious Newby, Washington, senior; Khalil Spencer, Derica Wiggins, Oakhaven, sophomore; Mishundra Mason, Carver, sophomore. Middle row — Kela Ariel Hearn Washington, freshman; Tyrone Wooten, Trezevant, junior; Terrance Mujahid, Westwood, senior; Billy Washington senior Rosenberg, Raleigh-Egypt, senior; Jalen Blackwell, Mitchell, senior; Dontavious Sears, Manassas, Ware-Jones, Fairley, senior; Precious Harvey, Covington, sophomore; Jasmine Cunningham, Hillcrest, Arlington senior junior; Phikala Anthony, Manassas, junior; Kahdejah Stevens, Trezevant, sophomore. Back row — Crys- senior; Fatodd Lewis, Raleigh-Egypt, sophomore. Not pictured — Martesheo Tullison, Frayser, senior. tal Johnson, Mitchell, junior; Renishia Hale, Washington, freshman; Jamiee Bond, Manassas, senior; The 6-4 Newby, the only repeat finalist from last year, Tiffany Jones, Manassas, junior; Angela Hardy, Douglass, senior. Not pictured — Schkechia Anderson, The Tigers (27-4) had their best season ever and Hearn, had another fine year in leading the Warriors to a 31-2 MAHS, sophomore; Kiara Caswell, Memphis Business Academy, freshman; Shirley Clayborn, Northside, a University of Memphis signee, was one of the main rea- record and a spot in the state tournament. He was named junior; TaLeisha Fisher, Frayser, senior; Melissa Hickman, Sheffield, senior; Demi Watts, Memphis Busi- sons why. Hearn averaged just over 18 points and almost Mr. Basketball in Class A after averaging 23.1 points, 7.2 ness Academy, senior. four assists per contest in leading Arlington to district and rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.4 steals per contest. Newby region titles before losing to Central in the sectional round. has signed to play collegiately at Ole Miss. Austin Nichols Kaylah Keys Briarcrest junior Harding junior Nichols was named Mr. Basketball in Division 2-AA after A repeat BOP finalist from last year, Keys was also averaging 18.1 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting repeat Division 2-A Miss Basketball finalist. The area’s an area-best 67.1 percent from the floor. He then raised second-leading scorer, Keys averaged 22.3 points per his efforts in the state tournament, averaging 28 points in game, along with 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 steals. Keys led two games to lead the Saints (24-6) to a runner-up finish. Harding to the region finals and a substate appearance. In April, the 6-8 Nichols represented the U.S. at the Albert Schweitzer youth tournament in Germany. PRIVATE SCHOOLS BOYS TEAM Front row (from left) — Alex Bran, St. George’s, senior; Alec Mulvihill, St. George’s, senior; Adam Okoli- PRIVATE SCHOOLS GIRLS TEAM cany, CBHS, senior; Damion Wooten, Lausanne, senior; R.J. Jackson, FACS, sophomore. Middle row — Front row (from left) — Natalie Smith, FACS, junior; Ki’ana Christy, Harding, senior; Kristen Milewski, DeMarc Richardson, Briarcrest, senior; Cameron Payne, Lausanne, junior; James Hawes, Bishop Byrne, FCA, senior; Katie Connor, St. Agnes, junior; Kaylah Keys, Harding, junior; Paige Williams, St. Benedict, senior; Kytrel Williams, Harding, junior; Jake Jeffery, St. Benedict, senior; John McGhee, Briarcrest, junior; Jessica Bradley, Lausanne, junior. Middle row — Olivia Roberts, St. George’s, freshman; Maggie Little, ECS, junior; Torri Lewis, MHEA, freshman; Kaylan Pugh, St. Mary’s, freshman; Bethany Lytle, Boys Coach of the Year senior. Back row — Ethan Moffatt, Fayette Academy, senior; Avery Paxton, SBEC, senior; Skal Labis- siere, ECS, freshman; J.T. Moody, Tipton-Rosemark Academy, senior; Mitchell Sexton, CBHS, senior; MHEA, senior; Emily Reeves, Fayette Academy, junior; Kayleigh Patterson, SBEC, junior. Back row — Girls Coach of the Year Faragi Phillips, Mitchell Matt Brown, Harding, senior. Not pictured — Nourse Fox, MUS, junior; Danny Galvin, MUS, senior; Henrietta Wells, Catholic, junior; Malinda Allen, Westminster Academy, senior; De’Erica Blakely, St. Tommy Warren, Manassas Austin Nichols, Briarcrest, junior. Benedict, senior; Dakota Doss, Briarcrest, senior; Lauren Douglas, Briarcrest, senior; Samantha Reeves,In his first season at Mitchell, Phillips took a team that had won a total of seven games in Fayette Academy, senior; Brandi Whitaker, Bishop Byrne, senior. Warren guided the Lady Tigers to a sweep of the regular season, district and region tour- the previous two years to the AA state tournament, where they lost in the championship nament titles while reaching the AA state tournament for the second straight year. Manas- game. sas finished 31-4.