The McMinn Central post player grew up playing basketball with boys because she didn't feel the girls were at her level. In the state of Tennessee, there still weren't many there this year. A Class AA Miss Basketball finalist, the 6-foot-2 senior averaged 19 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Chargerettes, who won the program's first-ever state championship. "This is a great honor for her," McMinn Central coach Johnny Morgan said of the Lee University
signee. "I felt she was the best player in the state, not just the area."
In his 33rd season at McMinn Central, Morgan guided the Chargerettes to a 35-1 record that included the District 5-AA and region championships and their first-ever state title. The group included Best of Preps player of the year Jenna Adams and first-teamer Elizabeth Masengil, and Morgan credited the overall experience at state for the team being so cool under pressure. "When you have players like Jenna and Elizabeth, it's not hard to come up with a game plan to score," he said. "I'm not sure if it was the fact that
they'd been there before, but this group was very relaxed in every game; it's like they felt no pressure and enjoyed playing."
She averaged 11.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game for the Bearettes.
The Lee signee and District 5-AAA player of the year averaged 14 points and four assists a game.
The state-tourney MVP averaged 17.7 points on 64 percent shooting plus 5.5 rebounds per game.
She averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Region 3-A champs.
She averaged 20.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game for the District 7-AA champions.
QETUWRAH ABDULLAH-MUHAMMAD Cleveland Fresh. Guard/Forward
MELANIE BARKER Sequatchie Co. Junior Guard
HALEY COFFELT Grundy County Junior Forward
KAYLA SEWELL Walker Valley Senior Forward
HALLE WARE Whitwell Junior Guard
1 MCMINN CENTRAL (35-1)
The Class AA Chargerettes won the program's first state championship.
2 BRADLEY CENTRAL (27-6)
The Bearettes won the District 5-AAA and Region 3-AAA championships.
3 MARION COUNTY (22-10)
The Lady Warriors won the Region 3-A championship, their first ever.
Photos by Jake Daniels. Text by Gene Henley. Design by Stacey Wysong.