RICHMOND, Va. - The last two rounds of the Group A girls state basketball tournament in Richmond put on display many of the best players in the classification.
Kallie Hovatter, who brought her Stonewall Jackson team as far as the state semifinals for the second consecutive year, was chosen The Associated Press Group A girls player of the year for the second year in a row by state sports writers.
The 5-foot-10 senior averaged 21.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals to lead the Generals (23-5), and finished her career with 2,085 points. She had 18 points in an 87-64 loss to Floyd County in the semifinals despite a sprained ankle.
The title eventually went to Clarke County (26-4), which beat Floyd County 69-64, and helped Eagles coach Tim Lawrence earn the AP's coach of the year honor.
Taylor Warner of Clarke County, Sydney Lindsey of Narrows, Andrea White of Lancaster and Ashley Buchannon of George Wythe also made the first team.
Warner, a 5-10 senior, averaged 11.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.1 steals for the balanced Eagles. She scored 12 points in the championship game.
Lindsey, a 5-9 senior, averaged 19.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 4.8 steals. She finished with a school-record 1,618 career points.
White, a 5-11 freshman, averaged 18.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.1 blocks.
Buchannon a 5-9 sophomore, averaged 20 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
The second team included seniors Ashley Tanner of Floyd County, Courtney Evans of St. Paul and Kenyatta Johnson of Chatham, and juniors Jolisa Williams of Charles City and Kristin Mullins of Clintwood.