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All-Suncoast girls basketball team

The Barons turned to Jerica Coley to keep their playoff streak alive. Once there, she had 32 points and 18 rebounds in a region quarterfinal.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

The Barons turned to Jerica Coley to keep their playoff streak alive. Once there, she had 32 points and 18 rebounds in a region quarterfinal.

Girls

Player of the Year

Jerica Coley, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic

St. Petersburg Catholic started the season with a lot of holes in its lineup. The Barons lost three starters to graduation, including the 2008 All-Suncoast player of the year, Sasha Chaplin. To make the playoffs for the 12th straight season, St. Petersburg Catholic knew it would have to rely on guard Jerica Coley for production.

Coley took on that role with the same determination she shows shaking, baking and shoulder faking her way to the hoop.

The Barons' go-to girl averaged 22.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.4 steals and four assists. She also helped SPC finish as runnerup in Class 3A, District 5 and advance to the region semifinals.

Coley thrived in the spotlight thanks to an unshakable confidence in her all-around game, which included some big-time performances, such as the 32 points and 18 rebounds she had in the region quarterfinals against Sarasota Cardinal Mooney.

Coach of the Year

Karim Nohra, Wesley Chapel

No one maximized the proverbial hand he was dealt better than this well-known coaching vagabond. Hired in August, Nohra inherited a team with no returning starters and led it to a 26-3 record and Class 5A region finals berth. During this improbable journey, his best player, 6-foot-2 Stetson signee Janelle Mills, missed two months with a broken wrist.

First team

G Colette Eule, Tampa Catholic, Jr.: Net-filling guard scored 19.7 points a game in leading Crusaders to their first final four in school history.

G Tory Stephens, Boca Ciega, Sr.: Long-range specialist carried the Pirates through the regular season and led them to Class 5A state semifinals.

G Nicole Adams, Gulf, So.: A ballhandling virtuoso, Adams (21 ppg, 4.9 assists) scored in double figures in 26 of the Bucs' 27 games despite facing every gimmick defense conceivable.

C Amber Henson, Sickles, So.: The 6-foot-4 center dominated in the post, averaging 19.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.5 blocks on a young Gryphons team.

G Jade Givens, Jefferson, Jr.: The engine that fueled the Dragons' 28-2 season averaged 11.1 points, 4.3 assists and 5.0 steals.

Second team

G Latavia Dempsey, Boca Ciega, Jr.

F Sarah Brennan, Tampa Catholic, Jr.

F Katie Davis, Holy Names, Sr.

G Leria Jenrette, Tampa Bay Tech, Jr.

G Veronica Ryan, Clearwater, Jr.

Honorable mention

Armwood: Deandra Davis

Clearwater: Artajah Collins

East Bay: Shytina Harley

Gibbs: Larkira Jones

Gulf: Kianna Mills

Indian Rocks Christian: Courtney St. Louis

Jefferson: Laurie Beaty, Shayla Wilson

Lakewood: Kandis Frederick

Land O'Lakes: Meghan Keough

Nature Coast: Shareka Maner, Jenn Marshall

Palm Harbor University: Sharee Booze

Plant: Michelle Taylor

St. Petersburg: Jazmyne Green

Tarpon Springs: Alli Corbett

Wesley Chapel: Shantel Houston

Wiregrass Ranch: Regan Knapik, Kelly McCaffrey

All-Suncoast teams are comprised of Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas players.

All-Suncoast girls basketball team 03/25/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:08pm]
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