Bearcats and Lady Cats honored at basketball banquet Thursday

Published 9:05 pm Friday, April 25, 2014

The capturing of three awards each by the Bearcats Tyree Crump and the Lady Cats Alexandria Carter highlighted Thursday’s Bainbridge High School basketball awards banquet at the school cafeteria.
Crump, a sophomore who averaged 22.4 points a game while leading coach Rickey McCullough’s Bearcats to a region 1-AAAAA regular season championship, a second place finish in the region tournament and the Elite Eight round of the state class AAAAA tournament, was honored for being the Bearcats leading scorer and being selected first team first team All-Region 1-AAAAA and first team Class AAAAA All-State.
Carter, a junior who averaged 10 points and 1.2 assists a game for the coach Kelvin Cochran’s Lady Cats, was honored for being named first team All-Region 1-AAAAA and being the teams top three point shooter and top free throw shooter.
Sophomore Trevon Shaw, who averaged eight points and eight rebounds a game, was honored for being the Bearcats top rebounder and being named first team All-Region 1-AAAAA.
Senior Stephen Johnson, who averaged five points and six rebounds a game and a second team All-Region 1-AAAAA selection, earned the Bearcats best rebounder award and was a second team All-Region 1-AAAAA selection and a team captain. Lady Cats junior Patra Parris, who averaged 12 points and 8.6 rebounds a game, was honored for being named first team All-Region 1-AAAAA, being the team’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker and a team captain.
Senior Tavarius Bowens was honored for being the Bearcat’s assist and steals leader. Senior DeVontae Jones was honored for making honorable All-Region 1-AAAAA and senior Franklin Bryant was honored for most improved player. Tameria Levens was honored for being the Lady Cats’ best defensive player and a team captain and shared team-scoring honors with Patra Parris. Lady Cats Asia Gordon and Deondrea Green were honored for being the teams most improved players.
Beonka Madge was honored for being an honorable mention All-Region 1-AAAAA selection and being named the Lady Cats steals leader and assist leader.
Zakiya Calloway was recognized for her outstanding work as Lady Cats team manager.
“We had a great year,” McCullough said in his opening comments about his team. “We had adversity early and it took a while to figure out our roles but when it counts the most we were playing our best basketball. After winning the regular season Region 1-AAAAA championship, we won a big game against Lee County to earn the number two seed Region 1-AAAAA and went on to make it to the Elite Eight.”
Coach Cochran praised his Lady Cats for embracing team concept and playing hard all season.