Francis named Region 8-AAAA Player of the Year

Seven others named to all-region first team

COVINGTON — Eastside’s Treyvon Francis earned Region 8-AAAA Player of the Year while seven other local players were named to first team.

Francis has scored 403 points during the regular season averaging 17.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. He made 60 percent of his shots from 3-point range while making 66 percent of his field goals. He sank 100 of his 125 free-throw attempts making 80 percent from the line.

“No one person has worked harder to get better and then have the work transfer to results on the basketball court than this young man,” Eastside boys head coach Gregory Freeman said of Francis.

Making the first-team for the Eastside boys was Anthony Henderson who averaged 11.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Of his points during his senior year, 94 came from field goals making 53 percent of his shots, 36 from the free-throw line going 36-for-58 for a 62 percent and 123 from 3-point range sinking 50 percent of those shots going 41-for-82.

“Anthony is relentless,” Freeman said. “He has set the bar high for all those that follow him at (Eastside).”

Newton’s Jalen Glover was the only local player making the first team from Region 2-AAAAAA. The senior shooting guard averaged 15 points per game while averaging 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals.

Rams junior D.J. Hill, 12.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game, was named to second team with freshman Darvin Jones, 10 points and three rebounds, named honorable mention.

“I am proud of our players who made all-region. Having three players make it is representative of the hard work of our entire team. Jalen Glover was one of only three players in the entire region who made it two years on a row,” Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen said.”D.J. was the top point guard selected, which is a big honor, and for Darvin Jones to be selected as the only freshman or sophomore is a testament to how rare it is for a freshman to be starting for us and averaging in double figures on top of that.

“I was disappointed that Taylor Hawkins was not selected, as he is arguably the best perimeter defender in our region. Regardless, all of our players who were selected should be proud of making the team and deserved it.

Darryl Tucker made the second team for Rockdale averaging a double-double with 10.8 points and 13.4 rebounds per game. Rockdale’s Conner Ferrell, who averaged 22.3 points, and Alcovy’s Cameron Banks, who averaged 14.8 points, were honorable mention.

The Newton girls team, who finished region play with perfect 12-0 record, had Precious Price and Deandra Reed on the first team with Rockdale’s Brianna Patton also making the list.

Price, a senior, made 43 3-pointers and 61 field goals while making 75 percent of free-throws going 79-for-105 for 330 points for the season.

Reed, who scored 192 points for the Lady Rams, had 33 3-pointers and 36 field goals going 21-for-32 from the free-throw line making 66 percent of their shots.

Pacing her the Lady Bulldogs on the scoreboard, Patton had 237 points making 81 baskets including 19 from 3-point range. She was 56-for-78 from the free-throw line making 72 percent from the line.

Four of the local players were on the second team with Sonia Forney and Cynteria Langhorne representing Newton, Sydney Fields from Rockdale and Tierra Hodges from Alcovy with Rockdale’s SoJourner Hall making honorable mention.

Making first team from Region 8-AAAA were Zaria Barton and Jymara Smith with Deshantra Kelly and Adriana Spears being named to honorable mention.

Barton and Smith were the top scorers providing 38 percent of their scoring. Of the 1,216 points scored by the Lady Eagles, the duo combined for 459 of them. Barton put up 23 of those points with Smith three-points back scoring 228.