The News-Press has named its 2014-15 All-Area Girls Basketball team. The three finalists for Player of the Year are invited to our All-Area Stars banquet which will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at Hammond Stadium at 6 p.m. The Player of the Year for every high school varsity sport as well as the overall Male and Female Athletes of the Year will be named during a ceremony that evening.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Highlights: A two-time Player of the Year, Jewett was the conductor of a Dunbar offense that scored 72.9 points per game, finished 24-5 and was a Class 4A runner-up. Jewett averaged 13.7 points, 6.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 4.6 steals and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee. She finished with 1,602 points over four years and will continue her career at Southern Mississippi University on a basketball scholarship.
Highlights: Desamours averaged 12.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.5 assists in leading Dunbar to a 24-5 record. She finished with 1,660 points for her career and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee. She will continue her career at Lamar University (Tx.) on scholarship.
School: Cape Coral
Highlights: Beach finished 14 points shy of 2,000 points for her career before opting for knee surgery before the District 5A-12 final game. She averaged 23.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3 assists per game as a senior in leading Cape Coral to a 17-12 record. She was also a McDonald’s All-American nominee. She’s headed to Stetson University on a basketball scholarship.
School: Fort Myers
Highlights: Henderson was one special freshman. She averaged 16.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 2.5 assists in leading the 21-7 Green Wave to the Class 7A Final Four. Along the way, she picked up scholarship offers from Florida State, South Carolina and Clemson and in March was invited to compete for a spot on the USA women’s U16 National Team this summer.
School: Island Coast
Highlights: A McDonald’s All-American nominee, Ellis averaged 16 points, 8.1 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game for the Gators, who finished 20-8. She finished with 1,597 points over four years with the school. She scored a career-high 30 points on Dec. 5 against Venice.
Nyree Mahone, Cypress Lake
Ja’Miah Bland, Dunbar
Jarya Outten, Fort Myers
Jordan Westendorf, Oasis
Respect Leaphart, Dunbar
Alexis Mendozza, Lehigh
Emily Slone, Cypress Lake
Autumn Giles, Fort Myers
Lindsey Purvis, South Fort Myers
Mariah Ortiz, Mariner
Bishop Verot: Ashley Holleran, Olivia Woolam
Canterbury: Alexis Sewell
Cape Coral: Diedre Cheremound, Meka Sillevis
Cypress Lake: Shontearia Banks, Alyssa Vetter
Dunbar: Regine Cooper, Dekeriya Patterson
East Lee County: Ny’Keeta Christopher, Ravyn Campbell
Estero: Gabrielle Wilkinson
Evangelical Christian: Holly Golden, McKenzie Lynk
Fort Myers: Larissa Roker, Bethany Brunson
Gateway: Brianna Young, Tierra Duckworth
Island Coast: Cherelle Washington, Katlyn Goodwin
Ida Baker: Bre Kelly
LaBelle: Victoria Bass, Jordan Rice
Lehigh: Leondra Bell, Haylie Holloway
Mariner: Grace Waller, Kiera Bateman
North Fort Myers: Lindsay Stramel, Katelyn Kelly
Riverdale: Lovely Malivert, Kaylee Sabella
Oasis: Samantha Woods, Daria Aho
SFCA: Taylor Edens, Rebekah Berquist
South Fort Myers: Rachel Fisher, I’Keriah Day
COACH OF THE YEAR
Kelly Stutz, Cypress Lake
Highlights: Three seasons ago, the Panthers won just one game. Stutz built the program back up, winning 22 games and earned a District 5A-12 championship and a Region 5A-3 finals berth.
HOW WE SELECT THE ALL-AREA TEAMS
At the conclussion of each high school season, The News-Press staff sends area coaches a nomination form to select and rank players for our all-area first team and nominate players for second team and honorable mention. The coaches’ player rankings are the main component in choosing the teams along with The News-Press’ research. Three athletes are named finalists for player of the year. The overall winner will be announced at the All-Area Stars banquet being held on June 3 at Hammond Stadium.