West Alabama Watchman All-County Girls Basketball Team

The West Alabama Watchman combed over details, statistics and overall impact of the girls who played varsity basketball in Marengo County in the 2012-2013 season. And after careful consideration of dozens of local players, The Watchman has assembled its first All-County Girls Basketball Team.

Players from all seven high school programs in Marengo County were taken into consideration. There are five players on the First Team and five players on the Second Team.

Additionally, as a unique feature of the first West Alabama Watchman All-County Girls Basketball Team, there are two players that are recognized with the designation of Next.

The Next designation speaks to the potential of young girls who played big minutes and fell just shy of making the First Team or Second Team. In short, they are players that will undoubtedly be contending for Player of the Year honors in the near future. To qualify for the Next designation, players must have played varsity minutes during the 2012-2013 season and have been either a freshman grade level or below.

Read it. Agree with it. Debate about it. But, more than anything, pass along proper kudos to these 12 young ladies for making our list.

First Team

• Jonniece Collins, Demopolis, Sr. – Collins will leave a considerable hole at the point guard spot for the Lady Tigers next season. She has owned the position for most of her high school career and utilized her unrivaled speed and quickness to create havoc for opposing defenses. Collins paced the Lady Tigers in points and assists during the 12-13 season and consistently placed near the top of the Demopolis rebounding category night in and night out.

• Chandler Stenz, Marengo Academy, Jr. – The Lady Longhorn point guard probably should have garnered All-State attention as a sophomore. As a junior, she absolutely set the tone for a team that went 25-3 and fell just shy of winning a state championship.

• Tallamachiia Dumas, Marengo, Sr. – Dumas is the most versatile post player in the county. She has been the best player on the Lady Panther squad for three seasons and did nothing to dispel that notion in her senior year. While the Lady Panthers did not make their usual run to the region tournament this season, Dumas was once again one of the very best players in Marengo County.

• Briana Delaine, Linden, Sr. – Delaine utilized her size and strength advantage to post consistent double-double numbers in 2012-2013. She proved one of the most effective all-around paint presences in the county and proved the primary building block of Linden’s game plans on a nightly basis.

• Brooke Smyly, Marengo Academy, Jr. – The Lady Longhorns don’t go 25-3 without Smyly’s ability in the post. She often played the five spot for MA but also possessed enough wing skills to prove a difficult cover. A consistent double-double threat, Smyly’s raw and tenacious play accounted for a number of Lady Longhorn wins this season.

Second Team

• Alesia Bowser, Marengo, Jr. – While Dumas gets the attention of opposing defenses, Bowser prevents them from being able to consistently double team the Lady Panther post presence. Bowser can handle it, shoot it and steal it back when the other team has the ball. She may also be the most under appreciated player in the county.

• Alexis Jones, Demopolis, Sr. – Jones may not have put up considerable offensive numbers during her Lady Tiger tenure, but she rebounded the basketball in a way few have. Jones averaged double digit boards on the year and continually out-hustled and out-rebounded girls much larger than her. Collins may have been the floor general, but Jones certainly provided the Lady Tigers with heart and toughness.

• Andrea Edmonds, Marengo Academy, So. – The unsung hero of the Lady Longhorns’ playoff run, Edmonds found ways to get it done offensively on the wing and in the post in addition to playing strong defense and cleaning up the glass with regularity. Softball may be her primary sport, but she more than earned her place on this list.

• Cierra Jones, Linden, Sr. – If there were an award for the most improved player, it would have gone to Cierra Jones. The Linden shooting guard became a consistent and viable scoring threat during her senior year. Her ability to drain the three stretched defenses and helped Delaine to work against single coverage in the paint. Her value to the Lady Patriots in 12-13 cannot be overstated.

• Ivery Moore, Demopolis, Fr. – Moore had her ups and downs in 12-13, but she proved the most dynamic scoring threat for the Lady Tigers outside of Collins even as a freshman. Credit her midseason slump to youth meeting a 5A schedule. But, by season’s end, Moore was back in a groove that allowed her to show off her dynamic scoring ability.


• Imya Agee, Linden, 8th – That’s right. Agee is an 8th grader. She served primarily as one of the first subs off the bench for Linden despite being a middle school student. Agee’s scoring ability is not yet developed, but she among the county’s best at handling the ball, rebounding the ball and defending the ball. Look out when she gets that shot dropping on a regular basis.

• Amber Richardson, John Essex, 7th – Richardson pushed awfully hard for a spot on the Second Team. Despite being just a seventh grader, Richardson may well have been the most tenacious rebounder in the county. Her glass-cleaning prowess included a 20-rebound effort against Linden on a night when she also led her team in scoring.

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