Ashlee Cole - Forest Park-Named Clayton County girls Player of the Year

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Ashlee Cole - Forest Park

Vitals: A 5-9, junior guard. Averaged 18 points, 2.5 assists, 2.6 steals and shot 74 percent from the free throw line. She has gone over the 1,000-point mark in her career. She had 79 rebounds and seven blocked shots this season. She is the daughter of Forest Park coach Steven Cole.

Why Cole: The junior guard was the go-to player for the Lady Panthers, who reached the state championship game for the first time in 41 years. She was named to the all-region team and has made several postseason all-state teams.

Others considered: Mundy's Mill guard Brianna McQueen was a first team all-region selection by the coaches. Miranda Cantrell of North Clayton was named the Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year after averaging double figure points and rebounds.

Coach Steven Cole on Cole: "Ashlee was real important to our success. Anytime we needed some scoring she would come through. When we needed a big shot, Ashlee would make it for us. She has really grown as a player over the last four years. We are trying to get her to understand that at times she has to be a team player, but there are times when she needs to take the game in her hands."

Where are they now: Former Mundy's Mill standout guard Tandrea High was the named the top player in Clayton County last season. The Lady Tigers all-time leading scorer signed with Southern Mississippi shortly after the season. As a freshman this season for the Golden Eagles, High played in just seven of the team's 30 games. She averaged 7.3 points and had 18 assists and 14 steals. She averaged 23 minutes per game for the Conference USA team.