East central Alabama is well-represented on the 2016-17 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State girls basketball team, which was released Friday.
The Daily Home’s coverage area had six players earn all-state honors.
Sylacauga put together an incredible season that ended with a loss to Wenonah in the Final Four.
The Lady Aggies’ Tierra Dark was named second-team all-state. The senior guard filled up the stat sheet, averaging 19.2 points, eight rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Dark played a vital role in leading Sylacauga back to the Final Four.
“First, I want to congratulate my teammates,” Dark said. “It is a blessing, just coming off my injury. I put a lot of hard work into it. We had a pretty remarkable season. I think all of my effort and hard work that I put into it put me in this position, and it gave me a chance to earn this accomplishment.”
Dark missed her junior season with a knee injury
Sylacauga head coach Derrick Crawford believes Dark is deserving of the all-state nod.
“First of all, I want to congratulate Tierra for receiving this all-state honor,” Crawford said. “She came back from a nasty injury over the summer of her sophomore/junior year. She was able to recover. She scored 595 points; she was three points away from reaching our 2,000 point club this past year.
“Tierra had an outstanding year. Her point production this year is her second best of her career. Her sophomore year, she scored over 600 points and she made all-state that year. I just want to congratulate her on a job well done on this year as well as her career at Sylacauga High School.”
Talladega had two players to chosen to the team.
Camille Buckhanon was selected second-team all-state.
Buckhanon was dominant for the Lady Tigers. The 6-foot-2 center averaged 26 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and four assists per game. She had three consecutive games where she scored 30 or more points.
Gabby Johnson was selected honorable mention all-state. Johnson averaged 23 points, 10 assists and five rebounds per game for Talladega.
“Both of the girls carried the team through the year,” Talladega head coach Jannie Keith said. “Camille and Gabby both had an outstanding regular season. We didn’t do that bad in the postseason. We wanted to get back to Birmingham, but we didn’t conquer that.
“Camille had several outstanding games in the regular season and in the postseason in the post. She is my first true post player that I have ever had since I’ve been coaching at Talladega High School.
“Gabby Johnson had to for fill two roles for the last couple of years and especially this year. She had to try to handle the ball as the point guard and also try to be my shooting guard.
“I think they did an outstanding job this year. I think they are very deserving to be on the all-state team. I am proud of both of those young ladies.”
Lincoln’s Amaz Carmichael was selected third-team all-state. Carmichael was a double-double machine for the Lady Golden Bears. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 17.4 points, 15 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game.
“I am very excited that Amaz has been given this honor,” Lincoln head coach Patty Hansen said. “She has led our team the last two years offensively and she has done a really good job of doing that. I think this is the first time that we have had an all-state player, so that is exciting that she started that trend.
“Hopefully, we can start building on that. She is working hard and she is going to continue to work harder. I am hoping that the work in the summer will get her stronger and she will have an even better season next year.”
Winterboro’s Aniya Burroughs was selected second-team all-state. Burroughs averaged 19.9 points and eight rebounds per game for the Lady Bulldogs.
“Her talent did warrant for the selection committee to give her a fair shot,” Winterboro head coach Sheroderick Smith said. “She had a good resume, she had multiple 30-point games. She was our leading scorer, and I am very excited for her, especially with her getting second team.
“She is our first player to be selected to the second team and the third player in Winterboro (girls basketball) history to make the all-state team. I am so happy to witness another all-state player on the girls program, and that is another part of her legacy that she can look back on and build on. If she stays in the gym and works hard, she will be great at the next level as well.”
Pell City’s Mary Denman Luker was selected third-team all-state. Luker averaged 19.5 points, four rebounds and four steals per game.
“She has worked really hard,” Pell City coach Jennifer Lee said. “She has been on varsity since the eighth grade and every year she has improved. She is just a fun kid to coach.”