By Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
Unaka wears the cloak as being the top girl basketball team in 2017-18 advancing to the semifinals of the state tournament before losing to Summertown. It was their first appearance since 2004 and both times head Coach Kenneth Chambers has been at the helm.
It’s only fitting that Coach Chambers guides the Tomahawk’s All Johnson / Carter County Dandy Dozen squad as coach of the year after compiling a 29-11 record.
The player of the year has already signed to play at Division 1 school Campbell University.
Hampton’s standout guard Shayanne Tuelle gathered all the top votes while earning player of the year with Unaka’s Myah Parlier finishing second.
Tuelle averaged 19.7 points, six rebounds and five assists per game to complete her impressive resume.
Parlier will spearhead the first team after averaging 14 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. She is joined on the first unit by teammate Lexi Garland who logged 12 points, four steals and five assists per contest helping the Lady Rangers to their banner season.
Rounding out the first team are Cloudland’s Trinity Vines, Elizabethton’s Kayden Shell and Happy Valley’s Adrienne Henegar.
Vines, a junior led the Highlanders in scoring and rebounding with a 12.5 and 7.4 average. Shell provided the Lady Cyclones with 12 points, seven assists and four steals per contest.
Henegar tallied 16 points per game and was the area’s top three-point shooter.
Unaka’s Sarah Tipton heads up the second team which had four players tie for the final three spots.
Tipton tallied 11 points, five rebounds and 3.7 steals per game. Cloudland’s Stacia Wilson collects a spot as well after scoring 11.7 points per game along with Elizabethton’s Destiny Little, 10 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
Hampton’s Stephanie Campbell, Happy Valley’s Kat Roberts and Johnson County’s Courtney Brooks and Taylor Parsons tied for the final three spots, but each made the team instead of omitting one by way of a tiebreaker.
Campbell provided the Bulldogs with 11 points per contest and six rebounds. Roberts averaged 10.6 points, six rebounds and three assists per game.
Brooks and Parsons averaged nine points per game on a team where the scoring was very balanced. Each was instrumenta helping Johnson County compile wins over Elizabethton, Hampton, and Happy Valley twice.
Parsons grabbed 10.1 rebounds per game and averaged three blocked shots and three steals. Brooks contributed five rebounds and three assists per contest.
Johnson County’s Sadie Stout earned honors as our most promising underclassman. She finished the year averaging 8 points, six rebounds and three steals per contest outdistancing teammate Emmy Miller and Cloudland’s Jasmine Birchfield.