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A complete performer

Lake Placid point guard Alex Coyne is one of those athletes that you appreciate the more you see her play. Coyne has plenty of natural ability, but it’s her tireless work ethic, attention to detail and leadership skills that make her stand out. The Lake Placid senior averaged 19.9 points, 5.6 steals and 7.2 assists per game to lead the Green Dragons to an impressive 20-6 record and the Class 4A-District 10 championship. “Alex is a player that makes each and every one of her teammates better,” said Lake Placid girls basketball coach and Alex’s mother, Jackie Coyne. “Her court awareness, ability to penetrate and pass the ball is phenomenal.”
For her ability and accomplishments, Coyne has been selected as the 2013 Highlands Today All-Highlands Girls Basketball Player of the Year. “Alex did whatever we needed to win,” Coach Coyne said. “She could have scored a lot more points, but she is very unselfish and only wants to win.” Coyne has signed to play basketball at the University of Southern Mississippi this fall. The Team: Johntavia Perry, senior, Avon Park: Perry averaged 12 points and 6.7 rebounds a game at guard and small forward for the Red Devils. “Johntavia was very versatile and her aggressiveness helped us on defense and offense,” said Avon Park girls basketball coach Paulette Daley. Alexxis Harris, senior, Sebring: Harris averaged 4.4 points and 4.3 rebounds a game at point guard for the Blue Streaks. “Alexxis was the best defender on our team,” said Sebring girls basketball coach Mike Lee. “She’s very unselfish, was a hard worker and a team player.” Kristelle Lagabon, senior, Walker Memorial Academy: Lagabon was the leading scorer in school history with 1,323 points. The senior guard averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 6.3 steals a game for the Eagles. “Kristelle is the most complete player I’ve ever coached,” said Walker Memorial Academy girls basketball coach Bill Farmer. “She helped us go 36-5 over the last two years and we won the district championship last year.” Bria Wilson, senior, Lake Placid: Wilson was a force inside or out and averaged 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. “Bria was mismatch nightmare,” the Green Dragon coach said. “She has the versatility to play in the post or she can step outside and hit the 3-point shot. “She played big down the stretch to help us win the district championship.” Toryana Jones, sophomore, Avon Park: Jones was a guard and averaged 13 points and 2.7 assists per game. “Toryana showed a lot of improvement over the course of the season,” Daley said. “She makes our offense go and has a bright future ahead of her.” Shalontay Rose, senior, Sebring: Rose played at forward and was a force in the paint with 9.1 points, 4.1 blocks and 6.8 rebounds a game for the Blue Streaks. “Shalontay was very intimidating and a game-changer down in the paint,” said Lee. Toni Garcia, freshman, Walker Memorial: Garcia averaged 6.2 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds a game for the Eagles. “Toni was steady and never took a play off,” Farmer said. “She was a hard worker and in great condition.” Shaquavia Gayle, sophomore, Lake Placid: Gayle averaged 4.2 points and 1.2 steals a game. “Shaquavia was our defensive specialist,” Coyne said. “She guarded the other team’s best player and was a key part of us winning the district title.” Imani Tate, sophomore, Avon Park: Tate came on strong as the season progressed and averaged 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. “Imani did everything we asked her to do,” Daley said. “She was a hard worker and was a consistent performer.” Jamiese Wiley, junior, Sebring: Wiley was dominant in the paint and averaged 8.6 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. “Jamiese was fearless and unselfish,” Lee said. “She is very strong and did a great job rebounding the ball on offense and defense.” Quiahja Williams, freshman, Lake Placid: Williams came on strong during the season and averaged 4.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game. “Quiahja is very athletic and provided a huge spark coming off the bench for us,” Coyne said. “She is only going to get better and has a lot of upside.” Honorable Mention: Lisette Marasigan, sophomore, Walker Memorial: Marasigan averaged 6.8 points and 2.9 assists for the Eagles. “Lisette was an outstanding defender and did a great job of running our offense,” Farmer said. Allie Mann, senior, Sebring: Mann averaged 8.3 points and 1.5 steals a game for the Blue Streaks. “Allie is a tireless worker, and always put the team above herself,” Lee said. Connie Dewberry, junior, Avon Park: Dewberry averaged 7.3 points a game as a guard for the Red Devils. “Connie applied great defensive pressure and scored when we needed her to,” Dailey said. Keziah Maranan, eighth grade, Walker Memorial: Maranan averaged 6.8 points and 2.4 steals a game for the Eagles. “Keziah is a quick learner and has a very bright future,” Farmer said. Jazmin House, junior, Sebring: House was tough in the paint and averaged 5.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for the Blue Streaks. “Jazmin was unflappable on the court,” Lee said. “She was voted most improved player on our team.” Brianna Roque, junior, Avon Park: Roque came off the bench to start the season, but worked her way into the lineup more often as the season progressed. “Brianna gave us a spark off the bench,” Daley said. “She improved and gave us some positive minutes each game.” Natalie Tielves, senior, Walker Memorial: Tielves was a shooting guard and averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 steals a game. “Natalie played solid defense and had a knack of making big shots for us,” Farmer said. Coach of the Year: For guiding her team to a sparkling 20-6 record, the Class 4A-District 10 championship and two wins in the state playoffs, Lake Placid’s Jackie Coyne has been selected as the Highlands Today All-Highlands Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.


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