Timpson junior guard Jakelia Caraway led the Lady Bears to an exciting finish to the district race as THS captured a play-in game victory over Garrison to earn the third and final playoff spot in 2011-12. Caraway earned the All-District 22-1A D-I Most Valuable Player honors for her efforts on the season, averaging 18.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 steals per contest.
Caraway finished the season with 428 points, connecting on 174-of-502 (35%) of her field goals and 48-of-86 (56%) of her free throws. She had 2.2 assists per game and 124 steals for the year.
Tenaha (17-13), which captured the league crown with a 9-1 record, placed a league-high six players on the superlative, along with first and second team accolade list. Beckville (17-14), which took the runner-up spot at 8-2, placed four players, along with Garrison (8-14), which placed fourth at 5-6. Timpson (9-13) took third with a 6-5 record, had three players honored, and Shelbyville (15-12, 3-7 district) and Gary (3-15, 0-10 district) each had two players named.
Timpson was eliminated in the bi-district round of the playoffs, while Tenaha and Beckville moved on to the Area round before losing.
Tenaha junior guard Ashlee Ray was named the District 22-1A D-I Offensive Most Valuable Player, while Defensive MVP honors went to Beckville senior guard Cheyenne Haynes.
Ray averaged 12.7 points per game, hitting 120-of-382 (31%) of her field goals and 73-of-119 (61%) of her free throws. She also made 30 three-pointers on the year, while picking up 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
The Newcomer-of-the-Year award was split between Gary freshman Ryley Beckham and Garrison sophomore Jasia Berry.
Beckham averaged 4.1 points per game for the Lady Bobcats, to go along with 3.1 rebounds a game. Berry scored 8.4 points per contest for the Lady Bulldogs, dropping in 63 field goals and 52-of-82 (63%) of her free throws. Berry also pulled down 3.6 boards per game, while picking up 2.0 steals.
Tenaha head coach Laura Holmes was selected for the district's Coach of the Year award.
Earning First-Team All-District 22-1A honors included Tenaha senior Whitney Jackson and sophomore teammates Jalysa Steadman and Eboni Moore. Also named were Beckville sophomore Ivy Rieke, junior Maya Bradford and senior post T'Ouja Adams. Shelbyville senior Camory Bolton earned top-team honors, along with Garrison's Shamicka Nickols.
Tenaha's Jackson scored 6.3 points a game, hitting 53 field goals and 41 free throws. She had 2.7 steals a contest, to go along with 2.4 rebounds. Steadman was second on the Lady Tigers in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per contest, hitting 89-of-239 (38%) of her field goals and 46-of-78 (59%) of her shots from the charity stripe. She pulled down 5.0 rebounds per contest. Moore scored 5.9 points a game, converting 75-of-189 (40%) of her shots from the field and 36-of-72 (50%) of her free throws. She pulled down a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.
Shelbyville's Bolton scored 5.9 points per contest in 2011-12, including 40-of-82 (49%) from the line. She also picked up 3.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game.
Garrison's Nickols scored 4.7 points per game, converting 31 field goals and 40-of-71 (56%) from the charity stripe. She also pulled down 3.1 boards, to go along with 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
Named to the second-team all-district squad was Tenaha junior Courtney Edwards and senior Tia Thomas, along with Shelbyville junior Kadeshia Turner, and Garrison senior Tatum Greer and junior Rexanna Powers. Timpson seniors Tammi Harris, LaToya Cartwright and Rachel Reeves also earned second-team honors, along with Gary junior Brittany Odom.
Tenaha's Thomas dropped in 5.3 points per game, adding 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals, while Edwards picked up 1.5 steals per game, to go along with 1.5 boards.
Shelbyville's Turner scored 6.9 points a game for the Lady Dragons, hitting 43 field goals and 27-of-46 (59%) of her free throws. She also pulled down 5.6 rebounds, to go along with 4.0 steals and 2.6 assists per game.
Garrison's Greer scored 5.8 points a contest, including 21-of-31 (68%) of her shots from the charity stripe. She also pulled down 3.3 rebounds a game. Powers dropped in 5.3 points a game, hitting 40-of-124 (32%) of her field goals and 34-of-67 (51%) of her free throws. She was second on the squad with 6.1 rebounds a game.
Timpson's Harris contributed 6.4 points a game, to go along with 7.7 boards, which was second on the squad. She also blocked 1.5 shots a game. Cartwright led the Lady Bears with 12.9 boards per contest, while blocking 6.2 shots per game and scoring 2.0 points and picking up 1.7 steals. Reeves scored 7.5 points each game, including making 43-of-62 (69%) free throws. She picked up 1.2 steals, 2.5 rebounds and had 1.3 assists per game.
Gary's Odom scored 4.9 points per game for the Lady Bobcats, while pulling down 2.6 rebounds per game.
2012 DISTRICT 22-1A D-I
ALL-DISTRICT GIRLS BASKETBALL
Most Valuable Player: Jakelia Caraway, Timpson, Jr.
Offensive Most Valuable Player: Ashlee Ray, Tenaha, Jr.
Defensive Most Valuable Player: Cheyenne Haynes, Beckville, Sr.
Co-Newcomers of the Year: Ryley Beckham, Gary, Fr.; Jasia Berry, Garrison, So.
Coach of the Year: Laura Holmes, Tenaha
Whitney Jackson, Tenaha, Sr.
Jalysa Steadman, Tenaha, So.
Eboni Moore, Tenaha, So.
Ivy Rieke, Beckville, So.
Maya Bradford, Beckville, Jr.
T’Ouja Adams, Beckville, Sr.
Camory Bolton, Shelbyville, Sr.
Shamicka Nickols, Garrison, Sr.
Courtney Edwards, Tenaha, Jr.
Tia Thomas, Tenaha, Sr.
Kadeshia Turner, Shelbyville, Jr.
Tatum Greer, Garrison, Sr.
Rexanna Powers, Garrison, Jr.
Tammi Harris, Timpson, Sr.
Latoya Cartwright, Timpson, Sr.
Rachel Reeves, Timpson, Sr.
Brittany Odom, Gary, Jr.
Beckville - Taylor Swann (Fr.), Devin Woodall (Soph.)
Gary - Chelsea Powdrill (Jr.); Channa Bird (Jr.); Collyn Pinkerton (So.)
Garrison - Jaemee Lilley (Sr.)
Shelbyville - Summer Williams (Sr.); Jakera Land (So.); Rashundria Lathan (Sr.); Tamara Lathan (Jr.); Shameria Lathan (Jr.); Kierra Montgomery (Jr.)
Tenaha - Taylor Killey (Sr.)
Timpson - Harley Martin (Sr.); Ke'Ambria Holloway (So.)
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