THOMASVILLE -- Cairo's basketball teams had one of their better seasons with the Syrupmakers advancing to the Final Four and the Syrupmaids finishing first in Region 1-AAAA in the regular season. Each team was rewarded for its outstanding play.

The Syrupmakers had two on the All-Region team, including player of the year Clifford Hammonds. The Syrupmaids were led by their region player of the year, Shawnta Pope.

Hammonds and junior center Uriah Hethington represent the Syrupmakers on the All-Region team. Hammonds averaged 22 points and seven rebounds a game, in leading the Syrupmakers to the state semifinal. Hethington improved down the stretch and into the playoffs, averaging 11 points and eight rebounds.

The two are joined by Crisp County's Lewis Clinch, who led the region in scoring at 25 points per game. Dougherty, the regular season and tournament region champions were represented by Reginald Woodson and Kurt Bland.

The second team consists of Bainbridge's Reggie Adams and Leronnice Davis, Cairo's Sadarian Williams, Ware's Leodis McKelvin and Crisp's Jamaal Jackson.

Pope averaged a double-double, 17 points, 12 rebounds per game and wreaked havoc on the offensive glass. Thomas County Central's Latasha Weatherspoon joins Pope on the all-region team. She averaged 10 points and four steals a game. Rounding out the team is Dougherty's Latisa Sims, Ware County's Shanae Cobb and Crisp County's Shareka Battle.

On the second team are Cairo's Latoya Brown, Central's Trenisa McLemore, Dougherty's Juana Brown, Bainbridge's Jeleesa Willingham and Crisp's Ashley Perry.

Thomas County Central head coach Jenny Johnson was selected as girls coach of the year. Her team battled numerous injuries during the season, including losing star Ashley Huntley for the year. Yet, the Lady Yellow Jackets won the region tournament and advanced to the second round of the state tournament.

Dougherty's Donald Poole captured coach of the year honors for the boys.

The Thomasville Lady Bulldogs and Westover Lady Patriots dominated Region 1-AAA and it showed on the all-region team. Westover had three girls on the team, Jada Frazier, Kendra Berry and the region's player of the year Noel Mathis. Mathis averaged 12 points per game and was key on the defensive end of the court. Shaniece Brunner was Thomasville's representative, averaging a more than 12 points per game. Worth County's Taylor Youngblood rounds out the team with 18.9 points a game.

Westover head coach Louis Smith is the coach of the year with a 23-4 record and a trip to the Final Four. Smith led the Lady Patriots to a couple of big victories over Thomasville, one that ended Thomasville's unbeaten record and the other came in the region championship game.

The second team consists of Thomasville's Patriece Brunner and Jillian Crawford, Fitzgerald's Natadia Jackson, Worth's Leanna Collins and Monroe's Rashonda Luster.

On the boys side, Westover was king with region player of the year Montavious Waters, Allen Jenkins and Shaun Keaton. Waters averaged 21 points a game and has signed with South Florida. Joining the three Patriots is Thomasville's Antoine Garland and Monroe's Patrick Brown. Thomasville fans remember Brown for his game-winning three-pointer that beat the Bulldogs in the region tournament.

Westover head coach Dallas Smith led the Patriots to a 27-2 record, a trip to the Final Four and was rewarded with coach of the year honors.

On the second team are Thomasville's Gerald Humbert and DeMarquis Webb, Monroe's Terrance Ransom and Worth's Jeremiah Fowler and Brandon Stephens.

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