Thomas, Sylacauga leads 4-5A All-County team
For the second year in a row the Sylacauga Lady Aggies fell a few seconds short of accomplishing their goal of reaching the Final Four. This season, Sylacauga went 29-4 and won the county and an area title.

For this the Lady Aggies had four players to earn 2013 All Talladega County Basketball honors as well Player and Coach of the Year honors.

“I give all the credit to my girls,” Sylacauga head coach Derrick Crawford said. ”We were 29-4 on the year. All four of our losses were to top five teams in the state.

Three of the teams made the Final Four, two of them played for the state championship and one of them won the state championship. I give all the credit to my girls. We had a terrific year in the county. We beat everybody in the county. We beat Talladega three times, Childersburg three times and we beat Winterboro (in the county tournament finals). I thank for girls for coming out and doing what we ask of them everyday. I am very privileged and honored to be able to coach them.”

Shakayla Thomas earned The Daily Home Player of Year honors for Class 4A-5A. The four-time All State player averaged 32 points, and 15 rebounds per game. She joined the 3,000-point club in the regular season finale against Anniston. She also became the leading rebounder in AHSAA history.

Today, Thomas will be in Montgomery trying to repeat as Class 5A Player of the Year.

“I think she will be in the running,” Crawford said. “That was of her goals to try to achieve that. She doesn’t have a lot of individual goals, but that was one of her goals was to try to repeat as 5A Player of the Year as well as being Miss Basketball in the state of Alabama. As far as the county, she is honored to be voted as the best player in the county as well as one of the best in the state. We are very happy for her as well as her family. Her teammates played a big part in her winning this award and she will tell you that herself. She is such a joy to coach. She comes to work everyday and she does everything that we ask of her. She put in a lot of hours to be the basketball player that she is in AAU and summer workouts with us in the off-season. She has pretty much turned basketball into a 12-month sport for her. She is always working on her craft to be one of the best basketball players in the county as well as in the state as well as one in the nation.”

Dede Mitchell also earned first team honors for Sylacauga. The senior almost averaged a double-double with 11 points per game and nine rebounds. “We had the privilege of getting Dede four years ago,” Crawford said. “She was a big part of going to the Regional Tournament the last two years. She had to sit out last year and she had a heck of a year this year. She scored 11 points and nine rebounds per game. She was complementary player to Shakayla. The first year we played her she was a point guard. She played all five positions. She complimented Shakayla extreme well. We will miss Dede. I am extremely proud of her and her accomplishments. We are just working right now, we are hope that we can get her into school.”

Tierra Dark earned second team All-County honors. The eighth grader averaged nine points per game for the Lady Aggies. Kierra Pope earned a spot on the honorable mention team.

The Childersburg Lady Tigers had an historic season. For the first time in nine seasons the Lady Tigers advanced to Regional Tournament. Childersburg went 19-9 on the season.

The Lady Tigers had four players to earn All-County honors as well as the Co-Coach of the Year in Johnny Johnson.

“My girls did real good this year, so it is all about them. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be Coach of the Year. They bought in to what we were doing this year and we made a good run.”

Mac Kelley earned first team honors. The two time ASWA All-State player averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and 240 steals to lead the Lady Tigers to an historic season. In the postseason Kelley averaged 21 points per game.

“Mac played real good all year,” Johnson said. “She had a great year for us,” Johnson said. “ She played a part in the Lady Tigers winning the area, sub-region, getting to the region and getting to the region championship. She played well and she had an awesome career at Childersburg High School.”

Cierra Swain earned first team All-County honors. Swain became a presence in the post for Childersburg. She averaged 10 points per game.“This is big for her,” Johnson said. “Last year, she didn’t play much at all. She came in this year and averaged 10 points per game. She averaged seven rebounds per games. She was a big factor down low. She did some really good things in her first season playing a lot of minutes. Early in the year she had some big games for us and she won some games for us down low. She was a hard to handle when matched up because she played really well.”

Tariah Reynolds earned second team honors. Caneasha Calhoun earned a spot on the honorable mention team.

The Munford Lady Lions had another solid season. The Lady Lions earned a trip to the Sub-Regional round this season. Munford had three players to earn All-County honors.

Junior Ra’aunna Caldwell earned first team honors. The 5-foot-2 guard averaged 16 points per game for Munford. Keira O’Neal and Kedra Curtis earned spots on the honorable mention team.

Talladega had four players to earn All-County honors. Jada Reynolds and Ricaundria Joseph earned second team, All-County honors. Shemeshia Truss and Alex Morgan earned spots on the honorable mention team.

Lincoln’s Ty Sillmon earned a spot on the honorable mention. Sillmon averaged 24 points per game. She scored 46 points against B.B. Comer in the County Tournament. This season, she joined the 1,000 point club.

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