Cobb has 15 players earn all-state honors
by Adam Carrington
March 31, 2014 04:00 AM | 3276 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McEachern guard Te’a Cooper and center Caliya Robinson were named first-team all-state in Class AAAAAA after leading the Lady Indians to their second state title in three years.

Cooper averaged 19. 2 points a game and 9.8 rebounds and is rated as the No. 2 point guard in the nation in her class by ESPN. Cooper, who recently de-committed from North Carolina, was also named Miss Basketball.

Robinson, who transferred to McEachern from Kell, averaged 16 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks. She had 20 points in McEachern’s 81-62 win over Archer in the state title game and was 8-for-13 from the field.

Both players are only juniors. And according to coach Phyllis Arthur, they seem to play well together.

“They know each other and get along well together,” said Arthur, who was named Class AAAAAA girls coach of the year. “Caliya is very quiet and Te’a is open and outgoing and they feed off each other. You got the quiet one and the loud one. Caliya has good hands.”

Wheeler’s Jaylen Brown, Hillgrove’s Kyle Castlin and Pebblebrook’s Ty Hudson are Cobb County’s representations on the Class AAAAAA first-team, all-state boys team. Whitefield Academy guard Eric Lockett made first-team all-state in Class A after leading the Wolfpack to the state finals.

Brown was instrumental in leading Wheeler to the state championship game after coming up short to Hillgrove in last year’s semifinal game. The 6-foot-6 junior finished with 20 points and five assists and has more than 10 offers from major Division I schools.

Pebblebrook surprised many this season by making a state semifinal run and Hudson had a lot to do with that. It took the Falcons a few games to get going but stepped up their play in the second half of the season with Hudson leading the floor before winning the Region 4AAAAAA tournament.

Hudson, a junior, was consistent all season, averaging 17.9 points and 4.5 assists, but he isn’t going to be quite satisfied with an appearance in the final four.

“It only makes us want to get in the gym and work harder so we can make that next step,” Hudson said.

Although Hillgrove came up short in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Tift County, Castlin still carried his weight as the senior leader on the floor by averaging 22 points per game.

Hillgrove girls standout Mackenzie Engram was named all-state second team in the state’s biggest classification. The 6-foot-2 forward, who signed with Georgia, anchored Hillgrove inside the paint for the second straight year, averaging 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.9 blocks.

Pope’s Kierra Henry and Osborne’s Zutorya Cook were both second-team all-state in AAAAA.

Cook averaged 17.9 points to lead the Lady Cardinals to a Region 7AAAAA tournament title. Henry provided the bulk of Pope’s scoring with 25 points, even though the Lady Greyhounds fell short of making the playoffs.

Mount Paran Christian’s Que Morrison (16 ppg., 6 rpg.) was named all-state honorable mention after leading the Lady Eagles to a 20-6 record and their first playoff win in school history.

Senior Daniel Fowler (Allatoona), D’Haire Haney (Osborne) and Armel Potter (Sprayberry) ended up on second team in Class AAAAA and North Cobb Christian’s Kendall Crute made the Class A second team.

The Florida Atlantic-bound Fowler averaged 17 points per game and played multiple positions for the Buccaneers, who won their first 22 games of the year before finishing with a 29-2 record.

Haney (25 ppg) was 50 percent successful from behind the 3 and Potter posted 21 points a game for the Yellow Jackets (23-6), who was perfect against 7AAAAA teams in the regular season.

Ohio-commit Crute guided the Eagles to the state quarterfinals before falling to Whitefield Academy in overtime.

Wheeler point guard Avery Patterson was named honorable mention after posting 15 points and four rebounds.

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