All-County Girls Basketball Profiles
Crescent City’s sophomore guard averaged a team-high 12 points per game and made 35 steals on the season. The Raiders went 9-10, falling just short of their first winning season in eight years.
“She was the only one that could bring the ball up the court and get us into scoring position,” said Crescent City coach Veronica Glover. “She would get double-teamed. This is her first year back after playing in the seventh grade, so she was a surprise addition. Having her ball handling and her defensive ability was important to our style of play.”
A standout in track and cross country as well as basketball, Chauncey led Interlachen with 69 assists and 87 steals for the season while averaging 7.5 points per game. She play at the point proved critical.
“She was kind of the glue even though Malea (Brown) was 75 percent of the offense,” said IHS coach Kim Troiano. “When she was hurt in the North Marion game, everything stopped. We had no way to move the ball because Malea couldn’t pass to herself.”
Palatka’s junior small forward averaged 11 points, three steals and five rebounds per game in a season that saw the Panthers finish 9-14. Summers scored a season-high 18 points against Interlachen and is a two-time team MVP.
“Rickeria has a very high IQ for the game of basketball and I believe she’s going to put up big numbers next season,” said PHS coach Craig Washington. “She knew all the plays. She studies the defenses and she’s a fierce competitor. She hated to lose.”
The Panthers’ 6-foot center averaged 10.5 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game as a sophomore and is only beginning to realize her potential, according to Washington. The second-year starter had a season-best 17 points against Gainesville Eastside.
“We’re expecting next year to be her year,” Washington said. “She has shown flashes of dominance and once she flips the switch and keeps it on, the sky’s the limit for her. She’s very coachable, eager to learn.”
– Andy Hall