County players honored on All-State basketball teams, McDonald wins 6A Boys Coach of the Year

Published 5:01 am Saturday, March 16, 2024

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By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

Nine area basketball players made the cut for the 2023-24 All-State basketball teams when the Alabama Sports Writers Association released the rosters on Saturday, March 16.

Helena, Chelsea, Thompson, Spain Park, Pelham, Briarwood, Montevallo and Cornerstone each had at least one player represented on this year’s teams.

Alongside the roster announcement, the ASWA also named their coaches of the year, with Helena’s Lucas McDonald earning the honor for Class 6A boys basketball.

In just his second season with the Huskies, McDonald took them to their first-ever Final Four in school history after not making it past sub-regionals since 2019. He also helped them win their second straight area championship after Helena finished with a 5-0 record.

Josh Williams also represented the Huskies on the All-State teams after he earned a spot on the Class 6A First Team.

The senior guard averaged 18.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while taking his career points total to 1,483. He also racked up 67 steals to help Helena on both ends of the floor en route to a 24-7 record.

Chelsea’s Haley Trotter earned a spot on the Class 7A Second Team, which is the first appearance a Hornets player on the First, Second or Third Team in Class 7A.

Trotter won Shelby County Player of the Year as she averaged a double-double a game with 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as Chelsea reached the Elite Eight behind a 26-5 record.

On the boys side, Colben Landrew of Thompson made the Class 7A Second Team after his strong sophomore season.

The two-sport star powered the Warriors offense with 15.0 points and 5.2 points per game as Thompson made its first Elite Eight since 2013.

Landrew wasn’t the only Warrior to earn an All-State spot as Jayla Forbes earned a place on the Class 7A girls Third Team.

Starting for Thompson as just a freshman, the 6-foot-6 Forbes averaged a double-double behind 12.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game.

In Class 6A, Tee King made the All-State team as a sophomore for Pelham, claiming a spot on the girls Second Team.

King led the county in scoring with 19.1 points per game as she eclipsed 1,000 points for her career, adding in 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 points per game in the Panthers’ Elite Eight run to finish as a finalist for Shelby County Player of the Year and earn an All-County First Team spot.

Briarwood’s Drew Mears rounded out the county representatives on the Class 6A All-State teams with a place on the boys Third Team.

The sophomore standout led the county in points with 23.6 per game en route to setting single-season school records for points with 708 and 3-pointers with 86.

In Class 4A, Ja’Von Chism finished out his Montevallo career with a boys All-State Third Team place.

Chism commanded the floor for the Bulldogs with 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game and averaged 24 points and eight rebounds in area play to help Montevallo finish runner-up in its area.

Spain Park’s Korbin Long earned a Class 7A boys Honorable Mention after averaging 13.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in his final injury-shortened season with the Jags.

Cornerstone also walked away with All-State honors as senior guard Noah Gassner earned a spot on the AISA boys All-State First Team.

Gassner led the Chargers in scoring with 19.8 points per game to go with 6.0 rebounds a night to help Cornerstone reach the Elite Eight in the Class A playoffs.

For the full rosters and awards, read more below:


First-team All-State

Syriah Daniels, Auburn, Sr., G, 6-1

Khloe Ford, Hoover, So., C, 6-3

Sarah Gordon, Vestavia Hills, Jr., G, 5-11

Jordan Hunter, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., G, 5-10

Jabria Lindsey, Central-Phenix City, So., G, 5-9

Second-team All-State

Jenice Adjessom, Davidson, Sr., G, 5-6

Kaitlyn Gipson, Hoover, Jr., G, 5-5

Kei Knight, Foley, Jr., G-F, 5-8

Ja’Kyah Smith, Bob Jones, So., G, 5-10

Haley Trotter, Chelsea, Jr., F-C, 6-0

Third-team All-State

Jayla Forbes, Thompson, Fr., C, 6-6

Madi-Marie Grayson, Alma Bryant, So., G, 5-6

Brooke Hallman, Auburn, Jr., G, 5-9

KeLeigh Mullens, Prattville, So., G, 5-6

Ariana Peagler, Hoover, Sr., G, 5-6

Honorable mention

Sarah Amos, Enterprise, Jr., C, 6-2

Janiyah Bone, Bob Jones, Sr., G, 5-8

Jamya Griffin, Sparkman, Sr., G, 5-10

Jayla West-Young, Prattville, Jr., G, 5-7

Coach of the year

Krystle Johnson, Hoover



First-team All-State

DeWayne Brown, Hoover, Jr., F, 6-9

Jacoby Hill, Central-Phenix City, Jr., G, 6-4

Caleb Harrison, Huntsville, Sr., F, 6-10

Salim London, Hoover, Jr., G, 6-5

Eric Winters, Enterprise, Jr., F, 6-2

Second-team All-State

Jamicah Adair, JAG, Sr., G, 5-10

Jordan Johnson, Austin, Sr., G, 6-3

Colben Landrew, Thompson, So., G, 6-6

Desmond Williams, Baker, Jr., G, 6-2

Simon Walker, Huntsville, Jr., G, 6-5

Third-team All-State

Jarett Fairley, Hoover, Jr., G, 6-2

Bryant James, Florence, Jr., G, 6-2

McRae Taul, Fairhope, Sr., F, 6-6

Tucker Wadsworth, Enterprise, So., G, 6-5

Jackson Weaver, Vestavia Hills, Sr., G, 6-2

Honorable mention

Korbin Long, Spain Park, Sr., G, 5-10

Spence Sims, Fairhope, Sr., G, 6-1

Reid Stodghill, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr., F, 6-8

Erik Washington, Mary Montgomery, Sr., C, 6-5

Coach of the year

Rhett Harrelson, Enterprise



First-team All-State

Jazmyn Bigham, Theodore, Sr., F, 5-10

Jareah Branch, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Jr., G, 6-0

Leah Brooks, Hazel Green, Sr., F, 6-2

Tamiria Jones, Huffman, Sr., G, 5-9

Xai’Onna Whitfield, Oxford, Sr., G, 5-8

Second-team All-State

Lamiya Batimba, Lee-Huntsville, Sr., F, 5-9

Saniya Jackson, Park Crossing, Jr., G, 5-8

Tee King, Pelham, So., G, 5-7

Amiya Redus, Hazel Green, Sr., G, 5-8

Angela Williams, Shades Valley, Sr., F, 6-1

Third-team All-State

Tamora Brown, Muscle Shoals, Sr., G, 5-6

Reagan Burroughs, McGill-Toolen, Fr., C, 6-0

Jamiria Jones, Huffman, Sr., G-F, 5-9

Keyarra Scottland, Mortimer Jordan, Sr., G, 5-5

Ally Sharpe, Cullman, So., G, 5-6

Honorable mention

Layla Berry, Gardendale, Fr., G, 5-9

Hannah Burks, Hartselle, Fr., G, 5-9

Sinaya Gibson, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Sr., C, 6-0

Kameron Sanders, Clay-Chalkville, Sr., G, 5-7

Coach of the year

Freeah Smith, Park Crossing



First-team All-State

Ty Davis, Mountain Brook, Sr., G, 6-5

Caleb Holt, Buckhorn, So., G, 6-6

Conor McPherson, Carver-Montgomery, Sr., F, 6-4

Peyton Wiggins, Huffman, Jr., G, 6-2

Josh Williams, Helena, Sr., G, 6-3

Second-team All-State

Jaylen Alexander, Oxford, So., G, 6-0

Jake Dorough, Cullman, Jr., G, 6-2

Tristan Gilmore, McAdory, Sr., F, 6-5

Clyde Walters, Pinson Valley, So., G, 6-7

Adrian Wooley, Paul Bryant, Sr., G, 6-5

Third-team All-State

Tanner Chandler, Mortimer Jordan, Jr., F-G, 6-3

Drew Mears, Briarwood, So., G, 5-10

Jackson Murphy, McGill-Toolen, Sr., G, 6-1

Jakobi Sharp, Gadsden City, So., G, 6-2

Ke’Shawn Watkins, Lee-Huntsville, Sr., F, 6-4

Honorable mention

Jay Bolar, Baldwin Co., Sr., C, 6-4

Devon McKinnon, Clay-Chalkville, Jr., G, 6-4

Luke Stephens, Fort Payne, Sr., G, 6-3

Ethan Stokes, McGill-Toolen, Jr., F, 6-7

Coach of the year

Lucas McDonald, Helena



First-team All-State

Mia Hollingsworth, Jasper, Sr., G, 5-8

Missy Odom, Jasper, So., C, 6-3

Grace Anne Rose, Southside-Gadsden, Sr., C, 5-10

Tamya Smith, Pleasant Grove, Sr., F, 6-1

Bree Sexton, Scottsboro, Jr., F, 5-10

Second-team All-State

Jamonica Chambers, Vigor, So., G, 6-5

Samarian Franklin, Wenonah, Jr., G, 5-2

Tazi Harris, Guntersville, Sr., F, 6-0

Lily Livingston, Arab, Sr., G, 5-9

Erin Martin, Brewbaker Tech, Sr., G, 5-11

Third-team All-State

Aubrey Machen, Lincoln, Fr., G, 5-7

Kennedi McGhee, Brewbaker Tech, Jr., C, 6-1

Izzy Nelson, Scottsboro, Fr., F, 5-11

Serenity Rutledge, Moody, 8th, G, 5-5

Liberty Shadix, West Point, Sr., F, 6-1

Honorable mention

Jillian Baine, Brewbaker Tech, Jr., G, 5-10

Keyona Royal, Gulf Shores, Jr., F, 5-11

Brooklynn Tucker, Madison Academy, Jr., G, 5-9

Jamyia Washington, Vigor, Sr., G, 5-7

Coach of the year

Blake Laney, Jasper



First-team All-State

Cam Dooley, Valley, Sr., F, 6-4

Terrel Johnson, Vigor, Sr., F, 6-2

Joshia Jones, Fairfield, Sr., G, 6-0

EJ King, Russellville, Jr., G, 6-1

Jackson Porch, Guntersville, Sr., G, 6-0

Second-team All-State

Toney Coleman Jr., Eufaula, Sr., G, 6-3

Milton Jones, Fairfield, So., F, 6-5

Quendavion McDowell, Alexandria, Jr., C, 6-2

Eli Morton, Sardis, Sr., C, 6-6

Brandon Thomas, Valley, Sr., C, 6-7

Third-team All-State

Revish Bardwell, Sylacauga, Sr., F, 6-4

Jywon Boyd, Charles Henderson, Sr., G, 5-10

Corien Coleman, Williamson, So., G, 6-3

Albert Holcombe, Vigor, Sr., F, 6-3

Jayden Williams, Ramsay, Jr., G, 6-6

Honorable mention

Zak Cain, East Limestone, Jr., G, 6-2

Braylon Dame, Lawrence Co., Jr., G, 6-2

Jay Lamar, West Point, Jr., G, 5-10

Michael Stanford, Madison Academy, So., F, 6-6

Coach of the year

Jairus Jackson, Vigor



First-team All-State

Kayden Carr, Prattville Christian, Fr., G, 5-8

Reece Davis, Deshler, Fr., G, 5-7

Ivey Maddox, Good Hope, Sr., G, 5-10

Ava McSwain, Good Hope, Jr., G, 5-10

Tykeria Smith, Anniston, Sr., F, 5-8

Second-team All-State

Faith Brown, Cleburne Co., Sr., F, 5-8

Meg Fountain, T.R. Miller, Jr., G, 5-5

Avery Rogers, Prattville Christian, Sr., G, 5-7

Hannah Smith, Catholic-Montgomery, So., F, 5-11

Aubrey Sorrells, Hamilton, Sr., G-F, 6-1

Third-team All-State

Tyra Caves, Jackson, Sr., G, 5-7

Mary Hayes Johnson, Cherokee Co., Sr., G, 5-4

Bailey Tetro, Good Hope, Sr., G, 5-4

Trinity Webb, Talladega, Sr., F, 5-9

Kaylee Yarbrough, New Hope, Jr., G, 5-9

Honorable mention

Char’tavia Conwell, Bibb Co., Sr., F, 6-0

Abby Langlois, Priceville, So., C, 6-1

A’Kayla Perry, Anniston, Sr., G, 5-6

Raegan Rickard, Deshler, Sr., G, 5-7

Coach of the year

Justin Aby, Good Hope



First-team All-State

Devin Barksdale, Jacksonville, Jr., G, 6-0

Micah Caster, Jackson, Sr., G, 6-1

Davis Dare, American Christian, Sr., G, 5-9

Evan Griffin, Geneva, Sr., F, 6-9

Stephen Williams, Escambia Co., Sr., C, 6-8

Second-team All-State

Keeyun Chapman, Jackson, So., C, 6-4

Eric Hines, American Christian, Jr., F, 6-3

Dezmond Nichols, DAR, Sr., G, 6-3

Tyler Sigers, Andalusia, Sr., G, 6-1

Josh Wheeler, White Plains, Sr., G, 6-2

Third-team All-State

Kmal Bell, Good Hope, Sr., G, 6-0

Trey Bolt, DAR, Sr., G, 5-8

Ja’Von Chism, Montevallo, Sr., G, 6-2

Jameson Scissum, Etowah, Jr., G, 6-3

Cade Segars, Prattville Christian, Jr., G, 5-10

Honorable mention

Cleo Bolar Jr., Escambia Co., So., G, 6-0

Sims Druhan, UMS-Wright, Sr., C, 6-5

Gage Mayfield, Hale Co., So., F, 6-7

Riley McGehee, New Hope, Sr., C, 6-6

Coach of the year

Austin Grammer, American Christian



First-team All-State

Ava Card, St. James, Sr., G, 6-1

Leah Childress, Clements, Jr., G, 5-7

Sawyer Kate Hulgan, Plainview, Fr., G, 5-9

Shila Marks, Lauderdale Co., Jr., G, 5-7

]     Maddie Smith, Trinity, Jr., G, 5-8

Second-team All-State

Aubrey Foy, Childersburg, Sr., F, 5-10

Amiyah Lewis, Ashford, Jr., G, 5-10

Francie Morris, Trinity, Jr., G, 5-8

Mya Moskowitz, Trinity, Jr., G, 5-11

Lani Smallwood, Susan Moore, So., G, 5-7

Third-team All-State

Shamya Allison, Southside-Selma, Sr., G, 5-8

Tay Tay Farrar, Clements, Sr., G, 5-8

Ava Pope, Piedmont, Sr., G, 5-8

Annabeth Townsend, Providence Christian, Jr., G, 5-4

Kamiya Webb, Midfield, Fr., C, 6-2

Honorable mention

Natalie Barton, St. James, Fr., G, 5-8

Taylor Davidson, Cottage Hill, Sr., G, 5-6

Sky Latham, Gordo, Fr., G-F, 5-5

Allyx Williamson, Straughn, Fr., F, 5-10

Coach of the year

Blake Smith, Trinity



First-team All-State

Emmanuel Clarton, Sumter Central, Jr., G-F, 6-5

Jaxon Colvin, Geraldine, Sr., F, 6-4

Jonathan Fitch, Sumter Central, Sr., G, 6-4

Armonie Franklin, Midfield, Jr., G, 5-10

Trey Simpson, Hillcrest-Evergreen, Jr., F, 6-7

Second-team All-State

Aaron Adams-Martin, Midfield, So., G, 6-1

Miles Edwards, Lauderdale Co., Sr., G, 6-1

Slate Gilbert, Winfield, So., G, 6-5

Moses McDowell, Daleville, Sr., G-F, 6-4

Skyler Stovall, Montgomery Academy, Jr., G, 6-4

Third-team All-State

Garrett Morgan, Glencoe, Jr., G, 6-3

John Morris, Trinity, Jr., F, 6-4

Clay Scofield, Cottage Hill, Sr., G, 6-5

Landon White, Plainview, Sr., C, 6-6

Avion Willis, Randolph Co., Sr., F, 6-3

Honorable mention

Pearce Boone, Providence Christian, So., F-G, 6-5

AJ Holladay, Danville, Sr., G, 5-9

Rod Jackson, Houston Academy, Sr., G, 6-2

Isaiah Jones, Vinemont, Sr., F, 6-0

Coach of the year

Terean Pinkney, Hillcrest-Evergreen



First-team All-State

Ella Dickerson, Cold Springs, So., F, 5-10

Belle Hill, Mars Hill Bible, 8th, G, 6-0

Kennzie Smith, Ider, So., G, 5-5

Katelyn St.Clair, Sand Rock, Sr., G, 5-9

Ella Wheeler, Sulligent, Jr., G, 5-10

Second-team All-State

Campbell Barron, Pisgah, So., G, 5-8

Faith Evans, Locust Fork, Sr., G, 5-11

Leslie Hames, Decatur Heritage, Jr., G, 5-10

Saniya Keys, Cottonwood, Sr., C-F, 6-1

Kayden Reyes, North Sand Mountain, So., G., 5-5

Third-team All-State

Ella Bruer, Cold Springs, Sr., G, 5-5

Jamya Glover, Abbeville, Sr., C-F, 6-0

Nakeriona Heard, Lanett, So., G, 5-9

Shaquondra Holcombe, Washington Co., Sr., C, 5-10

Kadence Rolston, Mars Hill Bible, Jr., F, 5-10

Honorable mention

Kesha Anglin, Cottonwood, Fr., G, 5-6

Brantley Edberg, Samson, Sr., G, 5-7

Carly King, Tuscaloosa Academy, Sr., G, 5-7

Zyan Peterson, Luverne, Sr., F, 5-9

Coach of the year

Jamie Pruett, Ider



First-team All-State

Jakaleb Faulk, Highland Home, Jr., F, 6-3

Mica Merriman, Gaston, Jr., G, 6-4

Vederrian Story, LaFayette, Sr., G, 6-1

Carson Thrasher, Mars Hill Bible, Sr., G, 5-9

Levi White, Locust Fork, Jr., F, 6-4

Second-team All-State

Cooper Cox, Fyffe, Jr., G, 6-1

Gabe Glover, Wicksburg, Jr., G, 6-1

Eli Pounders, Mars Hill Bible, Jr., G, 6-6

Danilo Stojakovic, Tuscaloosa Academy, Jr., F, 6-5

Skylar Townsend, Tanner, Sr., G-F, 6-3

Third-team All-State

Kollin Brown, Holly Pond, Sr., G, 5-9

Kahne Little, Hatton, Sr., G, 5-10

Jake Middlebrooks, Collinsville, Jr., C, 6-2

Brady Wilson, Decatur Heritage, Jr., F, 6-7

Chris Wilson, B.B. Comer, Sr., F, 6-4

Honorable mention

Lawson Glover, Red Bay, Sr., F, 6-5

Slade Grantham, Zion Chapel, Sr., G, 6-0

Ian Senn, Ariton, Sr., G, 6-2

DeAundra Vines, LaFayette, Sr., G, 5-10

Coach of the year

Michael Merriman, Gaston



First-team All-State

Ace Austin, Spring Garden, Jr., G, 5-7

Libby Brown, Spring Garden, Sr., G, 5-8

Sarah Davis, Shoals Christian, Jr., G-F, 5-10

Kaina King, Skyline, Sr., G, 5-5

Alyric Whitfield, Elba, Jr., G, 5-6

Second-team All-State

Lillie Boggan, Georgiana, Jr., G, 5-6

Jolie Kate Cox, Marion Co., So., G-F, 5-10

Chauncey Dixon, Leroy, Jr., C, 6-2

Haley Hendrix, Victory Christian, Sr., F, 5-8

Kaley Norris, Kinston, Sr., G, 5-6

Third-team All-State

Makasiah Burns, Autaugaville, Sr., F, 5-9

Caroline Lambert, Waterloo, Sr., G, 5-9

JaKayla Moore, Keith, Jr., G, 5-4

Chloe Rule, Spring Garden, Sr., C, 6-1

Hadlee Sanderson, Brilliant, So., F, 5-11

Honorable mention

A’Mya Brown, Wadley, Jr., G, 5-8

Kylee Dunn, Hubbertville, Sr., F, 6-0

Dacota Green, Belgreen, Jr., F, 5-6

Alex Grimes, Brantley, Fr., G, 5-7

Coach of the year

Ricky Austin, Spring Garden



First-team All-State

Joe Aldridge, Marion Co., Sr., G, 6-1

Nasir Cheatham, Georgiana, Jr., F-C, 6-4

Trey Kellogg, Covenant Christian, Sr., G, 6-4

Javen Poindexter, Red Level, Sr., G, 6-2

Tommy Tisdale III, Keith, Sr., G, 6-3

Second-team All-State

Jalen Chandler, Covenant Christian, Jr., F, 6-7

Kaveon Miles, Georgiana, Jr., G, 6-2

Jayden Parks, Brantley, Jr., G, 6-0

Tyler Robertson, Calhoun, Jr., G-F, 6-3

John Welsh, Spring Garden, Jr., F, 6-4

Third-team All-State

Rayshon Coleman, Florala, Jr., G, 6-0

Alvin Henderson, Elba, Jr., G, 5-11

Bryant Kennamer, Skyline, Sr., G, 5-6

Sam Peek, Woodville, Sr., F, 6-3

Brittney Reed Jr., McIntosh, Sr., F, 6-7

Honorable mention

Kyler Bradley, Gaylesville, Sr., G, 6-0

Reshawn Charleston, South Lamar, Sr., F, 6-5

Cale Tittle, Lynn, Sr., G, 6-0

Jed Wilkins, Addison, Jr., G, 6-2

Coach of the year

Kirk Norris, Georgiana



First-team All-State

Haley Briggs, Lowndes Academy, Sr., F, 6-0

Lindsey Brown, Edgewood, Sr., G, 5-7

Madison Davis, Lee-Scott, Sr., G, 5-5

Takayla Davis, Glenwood, Sr., F, 6-1

Shalexia Little, Springwood, Jr., G, 6-0

Second-team All-State

Molli Blaylock, Clarke Prep, Jr., F, 5-9

Anna Grace Griggs, Glenwood, Sr., F, 5-10

Chloe Helms, Lakeside, Sr., G, 5-5

Zy McNeal, Escambia Academy, Fr., G, 5-7

Kate Wilkins, Pickens Academy, Sr., F, 5-11

Third-team All-State

Anna Grace Blalock, Abbeville Christian, Sr., F, 5-7

Brinkley Long, Fort Dale Academy, Jr., G, 5-9

Madison Martin, Edgewood, Sr., C, 6-2

Symone McNeil, Evangel Christian, Fr., G, 5-4

Jamya Powell, Macon-East, So., F, 5-10

Honorable mention

Lyla Carlisle, Clarke Prep, Jr., G, 5-7

Mary Kathryn Harris, Lee-Scott, Sr., F, 5-10

Sarah Moore, Morgan Academy, So., G, 5-4

Leah Pace, Heritage Christian, Fr., G, 5-8

Coach of the year

Haley Rosa, Evangel Christian



First-team All-State

Noah Gassner, Cornerstone-Columbiana, Sr., G, 6-3

Deshawn Hall, Valiant Cross, Fr., G, 6-5

Haiden Harper, Lee-Scott, So., G, 6-1

Clayton Hussey, Lowndes Academy, Sr., G, 6-2

Jonathan Winston, Bessemer Academy, Sr., F, 6-5

Second-team All-State

Ben Aldridge, Lee-Scott, Sr., F, 6-3

Dalton Bracknell, Patrician, Sr., G, 6-1

Quinton Odom, Escambia Academy, Sr., F, 6-8

Micah Thomas, Springwood, Jr., G, 6-0

Campbell Webb, Southern Academy, Sr., G, 6-0

Third-team All-State

Jordan Jeter, Bessemer Academy, Sr., G, 5-11

Jay Lindsey, Patrician, Sr., C, 6-5

William McCord, Evangel Christian, Sr., G, 6-2

Issac Smith, Banks Academy, Sr., G-F, 6-3

Ja’Varse Turner, Abbeville Christian, Sr., C, 6-5

Honorable mention

Johnny Groves, Edgewood, Sr., G, 6-1

Roshad Harris, Snook, Sr., G, 5-10

Jadarian Holloway, Glenwood, Fr., G, 5-8

CJ Williams, Morgan Academy, So., G, 5-11

Coach of the year

Scott Phillips, Edgewood