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All-Pinellas County girls basketball team

St. Petersburg Catholic’s Jerica Coley averaged 23 points and five steals a game during her senior season to earn county player of the year honors.


St. Petersburg Catholic’s Jerica Coley averaged 23 points and five steals a game during her senior season to earn county player of the year honors.

Girls player of the year

G Jerica Coley, Sr., St. Petersburg Cath.

No area player was more valuable to her squad. During a sensational senior season, the 5-foot-6 Florida International recruit averaged 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 steals, 4.6 assists and 3.0 blocks a game. An unselfish player, Coley distributed the ball well and made those around her better. When the team needed a basket, she almost always came through.

Most impressive accomplishment: Against the best, Coley was at her best. In four games against eventual Class 3A state champion Tampa Catholic, Coley scored 42, 29, 23 and 24 points.

Did you know? Coley plays in the No. 3 spot for the SPC tennis team. She has participated in the sport since she was "7 or 8," and is a big fan of Serena and Venus Williams. "I like tennis because I can do my own thing," she said. "And I can play it for a very long time; until I'm pretty old."

First team

F Sharee Booze, Sr., Palm Harbor University: Was among the county's leading scorers each of the past three seasons.

F Kamika Idom, Jr., St. Petersburg: Led Green Devils, a 6A region finalist, on both ends of the court.

G Latavia Dempsey, Sr., Boca Ciega: A four-year starter who finished career with 1,710 points and a school-record 225 3-pointers.

G Tamara Taylor, Jr., Boca Ciega: USF commitment was top scorer and playmaker for Class 5A runnerup.

C Kayla Walton, Sr., Northside Christian: County's premier post player averaged double figures in scoring (20) and rebounding (16).

Second team

F Lashe Kirkland, Sr., Clearwater

F Tori Trador, So., Indian Rocks Christian

G Victoria Cecil, Sr., Clearwater

G Latesha Johnson, Sr., Lakewood

G Kamyia Smith, Sr., St. Petersburg

Honorable mention

Boca Ciega: Destiny Brown, Alexis Ungro; Calvary Christian: Caroline Andreassen; Clearwater: Latrel Kirkland; Countryside: Kristin Shriver, Savannah Stona; East Lake: Marlyce Meredith; Gibbs: Shineice Beamon, Fahran Franklin; Indian Rocks Christian: Jessica Logemann; Keswick Christian: Tori Hale; Lakewood: Tianah Alvarado, Jenae Wilson; Largo: Brandi Feazell, Uniqueika Walker; Northside Christian: Rachel Boyette; Osceola: Hannah Demarest; Palm Harbor University: Kristine Fuller; Seminole: Katelynn Gibbons; Shorecrest Prep: Jasmine Cohen; St. Petersburg Catholic: Annie Artise, Brittney Dunbar; St. Petersburg: Andrea Johnson; Tarpon Springs: Tori Sartain

Coach of the year

Will White, Boca Ciega: With a starting lineup that included two Division I recruits, but also three ninth-graders, White guided the Pirates into the Class 5A final before losing to Fort Lauderdale Dillard, arguably Florida's best team. His state runnerup squad finished 30-2, White's best mark in seven seasons.

Bob Putman and Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writers

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