Girls player of the year
G Nicole Adams, Jr., Gulf
She is simply the most complete player on the North Suncoast. Whether it's her ball-handling, her shooting stroke or her leadership skills, Adams is, bar none, the most dangerous player on the court. Coaches design defenses to stop her and, as a result, her teammates flourish. She's a major reason for Gulf's 23-6 finish.
Most impressive accomplishment: Gulf coach Mike Quarto said: "The fact she's seen every multiple junk defense you can possibly see and still been able to score. She's got some great individual tools. I would put her in a shooting contest with anyone in the Tampa Bay area. I don't think people realize how well she passes and how much of a rebounder she is on defense."
Did you know? Adams has scored 1,501 points for her career, putting her within striking distance of 2,000.
College plans: Adams has received plenty of interest with an emphasis from the Patriot League and Ivy League thanks to her 4.0-plus grade-point average. There are five or six schools that have either flown or drove in to see her play. But the potential to land on the big stage will come down to AAU exposure this spring. For her part, Adams will play for the Orlando Comets, arguably the top AAU team in Florida.
F Jasmire Brown, Sr., Hernando: Averaged 20.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
F Raqurra Ishmar, Sr., Central: Averaged 20.3 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.
F Kiana Mills, Sr., Gulf: Averaged 10.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
G Nicole Adams, Jr., Gulf: Averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
G Shantel Houston, Sr., Wesley Chapel: Helped guide the Wildcats to their third consecutive region final.
F Kelly McCaffrey, So., Wiregrass Ranch
G McKenzie Burns, Jr., Central
G Jen Marshall, Sr., Nature Coast
G Hannah Noble, Jr., Wesley Chapel
G Katie O'Brien, Sr., Mitchell
Bishop McLaughlin: Amy Szymanowski; Central: Tikiera Relaford; Gulf: Leighlani Paselio, Asia Spencer; Hernando: Brittany Flowers; Hernando Christian: Courtney Crawford, Remi Manuel; Hudson: Shannon Zasloff, Cara Carley; Land O'Lakes: Julia Deliapenna, Ashley Perkerson; Mitchell: Andrea Kosmalski; Nature Coast: Alyssa Joens, Alexis Helfand; Pasco: Jordan Lane; Ridgewood: Natasha Morris; River Ridge: Vashoula Kostogiannes; Sunlake: Lindsey Robinson; Wesley Chapel: Simone Brown, Abbey Kaczmarek, Andrea Mauger; Wiregrass Ranch: Kayla Deloach, Regan Knapik, Zephyrhills: Lindsay Warner
Coach of the year
Karim Nohra, Wesley Chapel
The second-year Wildcats coach guided Wesley Chapel to its third straight region final. The key was a huge upset of Gulf on its home floor with a defense designed to stop Buccaneers top guard Nicole Adams. Wesley Chapel held her to three points.