Local players make all-region team
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
LaGrange and Troup were well-represented on the all-Region 5-AAAA team that was announced this week.
The head coaches for each of the region’s schools voted on the team.
The Troup Lady Tigers had two players earn a first-team selection on the all-region team.
Junior Amber Gilbert, Troup’s leading scorer, and freshman Aniya Palmer were first-team picks.
On the boys’ side, Troup senior JaQuavo McFarland was a first-team selection to the all-region team.
McFarland was a role player as a junior, but he has been a team leader and the leading scorer this season.
Also for Troup, talented sophomore Gabe Cofield was an honorable-mention selection.
For LaGrange, Jordan Ogletree was a second-team selection.
Ogletree was a multi-year starter for the Grangers, and he finished his high-school career by scoring points in last week’s loss to Cartersville in the region tournament.
Sandy Creek’s TJ Bickerstaff was the region’s player of the year.
The Troup Lady Tigers had two players earn first-team selections on the all-region team.
Junior Amber Gilbert, a three-year starter and the leading scorer this season, made the first team, as did talented freshman Aniya Palmer.
Jada Green, a sophomore point guard, was an honorable-mention selection.
For LaGrange, senior Zaria Russell made the second team.
Russell, a part-time player as a junior, stepped up this season and led LaGrange in scoring.
LaGrange’s Chaquave’ayr Robinson was an honorable-mention selection.
The girls’ player of the year was Daija Powell of Sandy Creek.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
TJ Bickerstaff of Sandy Creek
JaQuavo McFarland – Troup
Julian Alexander – Sandy Creek
Perignon Dyer – Cartersville
Jabari Smith – Sandy Creek
Isaac Gridley – Cartersville
Jordan Ogletree – LaGrange
Mike Bell – Chapel Hill
Zahquan Frazier – Cedartown
KJ Doucet – Chapel Hill
Dallas “DJ” Clayton – Central-Carroll
Gabe Cofield – Troup
Keith Williams – Sandy Creek
KJ Burton – Chapel Hill
Jayden Johnson – Cedartown
Deshon Proctor – Sandy Creek
Kolbe Benham – Cartersville
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Daija Powell – Sandy Creek
Amber Gilbert – Troup
Aniya Palmer – Troup
Paris Thompson – Sandy Creek
Keke Turner – Cedartown
Nyah Houston – Central-Carroll
Zaria Russell – LaGrange
Savannah Howard – Chapel Hill
Janae Jackson – Central-Carroll
Haley Fehring – Central
Tamera Beeman – Cedartown
Qiana Watson – Cedartown
Jada Green – Troup
Chaquave’ayr Robinson – LaGrange
Jania Hodges – Sandy Creek
A’mya Davis – Cartersville
London Shaw – Cartersville
Rachel Wilson – Central-Carroll