Keri Jewett: The News-Press All-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year

Keri Jewett: The News-Press All-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year


Keri Jewett: The News-Press All-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year


The point guard’s responsibility in basketball is to repress any hint of on-court selfishness, fostering an atmosphere of egalitarianism in a sport that celebrates individual supremacy.

It’s not a role Dunbar sophomore Keri Jewett arrived at naturally.

The 5-foot-4 sharpshooter helped catapult the Lady Tigers to the Class 4A state championship as a freshman in 2012, mostly by employing a shoot-first mentality.

The graduation of point guard DeDe Burger prompted Dunbar coach Dwayne Donnell to tab Jewett for the position and she embraced the challenge, steering the Lady Tigers to their second consecutive final four berth.

The 15-year-old still filled it up, averaging 16.9 points per game, second to fellow Dunbar sophomore Kiara Desamours. But Jewett also added a team-best 5.9 assists and 4.9 steals to go along with 3.2 rebounds per game.

For her performance, Jewett has been named The News-Press All-Area Girls Basketball player of the year.

Jewett got off to a fast start, pouring in a season-high 29 points and dishing out nine assists in Dunbar’s opening win over Lehigh. She established career bests with 15 assists in a district win over Clewiston and 12 steals in a victory over Tampa Bay Tech in the Lady Tigers’ holiday tournament.

Despite all the success Dunbar achieved during its 28-3 season, Jewett said the team’s final game – a 51-45 loss to Jacksonville Ribault in the 4A state semifinals at the Lakeland Center – still bothers her.

“We’ll be back and better than ever next year,” she said.

First team

McKenna Beach

» School: Cape Coral sophomore

» Position: Guard

» Highlights: The 5-foot-6 Beach led the Seahawks in scoring (17.1 points per game) and assists (3.5). She also added 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 steals per game for Cape Coral, which set a school-record with 25 wins.

Kiara Desamours

» School: Dunbar sophomore

» Position: Forward

» Highlights: The 5-foot-8 Desamours led the Tigers in scoring (17.9 points per game), shooting 76.7 percent from the field. She also contributed team-high 8.6 rebounds per game, while adding 3.3 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks.

Leanne Ellis

» School: Island Coast sophomore

» Position: Guard

» Highlights: The 5-foot-7 Ellis led all county players in scoring, averaging 18.7 ppg. Shot 52.3 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and made an area-high 155 free throws. Ellis led the Gators with 3.7 assists, adding 3.9 rebounds and 2.6 steals.

Lauren Gillingham

» School: Fort Myers junior

» Position: Guard/forward

» Highlights: The 5-foot-9 Gillingham led the District 6A-13 champions in five offensive categories: scoring (14.9 points per game), rebounding (10.9), assists (3.7), steals (2.4) and free throw percentage (78).

Second team

Second team

» Maniesha James, Lehigh

» Andrea Lutkenhaus, LaBelle

» Larissa Roker, Gateway Charter

» Camary Williams, Cape Coral

» Samantha Wood, Oasis

Third team

Third team

» Jordan Lentz, Fort Myers

» Jessie Placher, Baker

» Elle Thomas, Bishop Verot

» Crystal Townsend, Cape Coral

» Johnetta Williams, Dunbar

Honorable mention

Honorable mention

» Baker: Brittney Benvie, Hannah DelNegro, Ali Nicloy

» Bishop Verot: Jessica Kramer, Christine Mulles, Mariah Schrotenboer

» Canterbury: Madi Hall, Alexis Sewell, Kiana Olmstead

» Cape Coral: Danaria Bryce, Khristian Mims

» Cypress Lake: Nyree Mahone, Quisha Shackleford

» Dunbar: Sabrina Bouie, Dominique Collins, Regine Cooper

» East Lee: Rodnisha Mark, Maria Rodriguez, DeAngelique Waithe

» Estero: Chanell Campbell, Andie Wagner

» ECS: Jenna Banks, Zoe Higginson, Taylor VanLandschoot

» Fort Myers: Stephanie Gemme, Fallon Layport, Jazzmyn Simmons

» Gateway Charter: Teria Duckworth, Respect Leaphart, Alexxis Mendoza

» Island Coast: Jennifer Fasano, Katlyn Goodwin, Caroline Ortiz

» LaBelle: Victoria Bass, Valerie Beltran, Carolina Cottrell

» Lehigh: Jabria Irons, Shay Parson

» Mariner: Monica Bono

» North Fort Myers: Katelyn Kelly, Kali Pierce, Helen Young

» Oasis: Sarah Pickle, Jordan Westendorf

» Riverdale: Cindy Moyer, Lovely Malivert

» South Fort Myers: Juanita Hicks, Lindsey Purvis-Beedle

» Southwest Florida Christian: Kayla Doerstling, Mia Swierz

Coach of the year

Coach of the year

Eric Washington, Lehigh: In his fifth year with the Lightning, Washington led the team to a record 21 wins and the District 5A-13 title, just the second in program history. Lehigh also earned its first state playoff victory before falling in the regional semis. Washington was also selected as the FACA District 18 coach of the year.


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