By Derrick Mahone
After leading Dutchtown to a historic season on the hardwood this past winter, former guard Brittney Strickland continues to reap offcourt accolades.
The senior was recently named the Class AAAA South Player of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. She headlines a list of 14 players from the Southern Crescent that received recognition from the organization.
Head coaches from each region champion selected a North Player of the Year and a South Player of the Year for each classification, plus an all-state team comprised of 10 players from the North and 10 from the South in each classification.
Southern Crescent players of the year Tandrea High of Mundy's Mill, Briana Williams of Henry County, Cameron Solomon of Lovejoy and Chris Davis of Stockbridge were all named to their respective classification all-state team.
"This is a great honor for me," said Solomon, who ended his career at 1,081 points. The 6-foot-4 guard was a three-year letterman and is headed to High Point University on a scholarship.
In last Sunday's Clayton/Henry All-Star Basketball Game at Eagle's Landing High, Solomon led all scorers with 26 points.
"It was a great way to end my high school career," Solomon said. "We went out there and had a lot of fun."
Strickland lead the Bulldogs to their first region championship and final four appearance in school history.
The Alabama A&M signee finished her two-year career at Dutchtown with over 1,000 points.
Other players making the GACA all-state team was Tiayra Green of Riverdale in AAAAA, Ashlee Cole of Forest Park and Miranda Cantrell of North Clayton in AAAA and Eagle's Landing's Mia Adams in AAA. Julia Echols of Eagle's Landing Christian Academy was named to the Class A team.
Cantrell and Adams are juniors and Cole is a sophomore. Green, a senior, has signed to play for the University of Tulsa next winter.
Cole, who averaged 18.5 points a game, helped the Panthers to their first final appearance since 1970, where they lost to three-time champion Southwest DeKalb at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in March.
On the boys' side, Marcus Hunt of North Clayton and Dante Campbell of Stockbridge were named to the Class AAAA all-state team. Henry County's Larrentis Thomas, a junior, was named to the AA team after helping the Warhawks to the Region 4-AA championship.
Hunt was considered one of the top sophomores in the state this season.
This past season, he helped the Eagles win the regular season Region 4-AAAA championship while Campbell, a junior, helped the Tigers to the region's tournament championship.
It was the first time in Stockbridge history that it won a region championship. The Tigers advanced to the second round.