PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Why chosen: Dangerfield led the Lady Blaze to their second straight Class AAA state championship, taking home tournament MVP honors and capturing her second consecutive Miss Basketball award in the process. She was also selected as the Gatorade girls basketball Player of the Year for the state of Tennessee for the second straight year, averaging 15.5 points, 5.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game.
College plans: Committed to the University of Connecticut.
Quote: “For myself it’s not that hard. Just go out there and play and do what you do. But as a team you can probably see it a couple nights here and there where we wouldn’t play complete games but still came up with the win. I just think you can’t rest; you just have to just go out there and do it and try to go get a state championship. Since we did go out and win the state championship, we really proved that we deserved it again.”
Family: Parents, Davonna and Christopher; brother, Komar (27); sister, Brooke (22).
How did you spend your spring break? “With my family at the beach in Clearwater (Fla.), and we also attended the NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinal games in Tampa, Fla.”
Athletic background: “I started playing basketball when I was 5 years old with (recreation) league teams in Murfreesboro like Upward Basketball and One Goal. As I got older I played on teams with the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. I attended and played for Blackman Middle School before going to Blackman High School. I played two years of volleyball in middle school. During the summers, I played basketball with an AAU team.”
Best high school moment: “What comes to mind is winning the state championship this year with my teammates. We really had to battle this year, and it felt good to reach our team goal.”
Favorite team and favorite athlete? “My favorite college team is my future team, UConn. The athlete that I admire most is Maya Moore (former Connecticut standout currently with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx).”
What do you think about (CPA’s) Braxton Blackwell? “I think Braxton is a phenomenal player and better person. He has so many college offers, and I am sure that he has many great things ahead to come.”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? “I see myself living a happy and healthy life. … Could be that I’m still playing basketball or established in a career in the business world.”
LEA LEA CARTER
Dickson Co., Jr.
Why chosen: The District 11-AAA co-MVP averaged 15.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists, shooting 52 percent from the field and leading the 32-3 Lady Cougars to a state quarterfinals appearance.
Mt. Juliet, Sr.
Why chosen: DeGray was named to the all-district and all-region teams for the third straight year, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 56 percent from the field and leading the Lady Bears to a 32-3 record.
Martin Luther King Magnet, Sr.
Why chosen: The District 10-AA MVP led her team to the Class AA state title, earning tournament MVP honors behind averages of 16.4 points, 13 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 4.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.
Why chosen: Roy was named the District 11-AAA co-MVP and led the Lady Bruins to a 25-6 record, averaging 14.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.3 blocks, 3.8 steals and 3.3 assists per game.
Abbey Dew, Houston Co., Sr. 19.0
Anastasia Hayes, Riverdale, So., 18.9
Alex Johnson, Blackman, Sr., 14.6
Shelby Gibson, Oakland, Jr., 14.8
Kendall Spray, Wilson Central, Jr., 21.0
Lakelyn Bouldin, Van Buren Co., Jr., 23.1
Callie Hackett, Smith Co., Sr., 24.2
Brianna Porter, USN, Sr., 17.1
Brittany Cooper, Clarkrange, Sr., 13.5
Raeyana DeGray, Mt. Juliet, Sr., 18.0
Sarah Pierce, Community, Jr., 20.3
Sydney Harvey, Brentwood Acad., Fr., 10.3
Kara Meadows, Clarkrange, So., 15.0
Abby Wright, Oakland, Sr., 14.4
Alison Cowie, BGA, So., 18.2