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All-Midstate girls basketball team


1:00 AM, Apr. 05, 2013 EDT

Riverdale's Alexa Middleton leaps to save a ball going out of bounds in the first half against White County at Riverdale Saturday, March 2, 2013. Riverdale won 74-32. / John A. Gillis/DNJ

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

ALEXA MIDDLETON

Riverdale, Jr.

5-9 guard

Why chosen: Middleton emerged as the top offensive threat on a balanced Lady Warrior team, averaging 16.2 points for the back-to-back Class AAA champions. She also averaged 3.8 assists and 2.5 steals and was named a Miss Basketball finalist.

College plans: She has received recruiting interest from most of the Southeastern Conference schools, as well as Florida State, Georgia Tech and Rutgers.

Quote: "We didn't say a lot about it during the season because we had that one goal of winning the state championship. But looking back, I'd say we deserved it because we played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, if not the toughest. We worked really hard and we deserved it."

Family: Mother Celeste, father Michael, brother Killen, 21.

What's on your iPod? "A little of everything -- dub step, a little country, some new age. Levels by Avicii, that's usually the pregame song for me."

Best high school sports moment: "Winning two state championships back to back. The first one was big since it was the first one for me. The second one -- to do it twice and finish No. 1 in the nation (ESPN and MaxPreps) was big."

Favorite athlete: "(Boston Celtics guard) Rajon Rondo. I admire his game, the way he passes and can see everyone on the court, involves everyone."

Favorite food: "Sushi."

Least favorite part of practice: "This defensive drill we do where we have to hit the ball with our heads, because it hurts."

On Twitter: @AMidd33

Athletic background: "I played softball when I was younger and I ran track, but basketball was my passion. I played softball until I was 9 or so, and I ran track until junior high."

How did you spend spring break?: "Some of my friends -- Shelbie Davenport, Emily Eubank, Mattie and Mollie Cantrell -- went to the beach with me, to Seaside (Fla.)."

NICOLE BOWERS

Hillsboro, Sr.

6-2 center

College: Signed with Eastern Kentucky.

Why chosen: Bowers averaged 12.1 points and 10.4 rebounds, as Hillsboro won a share of the District 11-AAA regular-season championship and the district tournament.

OLIVIA JONES

Riverdale, Sr.

5-10 forward

College: Signed with Middle Tennessee State.

Why chosen: Jones posted 12 double-doubles and averaged 14.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.1 steals. She was voted District 7-AAA's MVP and was a Miss Basketball finalist.

TYISHA PETTY

Riverdale, Sr.

5-7 guard

College: Signed with Middle Tennessee State.

Why chosen: Petty averaged 15.3 points, along with a team-high 4.2 assists and 3.5 steals. She was MVP of the District 7-AAA and Class AAA tournaments.

LAUREN THOMPSON

CPA, Sr.

6-1 forward

College: Signed with Belmont.

Why chosen: Thompson averaged 12.8 points, nine rebounds, 2.8 blocks as CPA won its second consecutive Class AA championship. She was named state tournament MVP.

SECOND TEAM

F: Jaycee Coe, Jackson Co., Jr., 17.8

F: Kennesha Nichols, Ensworth, Jr., 14.0

C: Faith LeGate, CPA, Sr., 15.5

G: Justice Swett, Ensworth, Sr., 12.0

G: Derica Wyatt, FRA, Sr., 22.3

THIRD TEAM

F: Aryanna Gilbert, Columbia, Sr., 13.9

F: Paige Parker, Brentwood, Sr., 14.1

C: Alex Johnson, Blackman, So., 13.5

G: Rachel Bell, Creek Wood, Jr., 20.4

G: Meredith Roman, CPA, Sr., 13.3

 

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