Sunday, May 3, 2009

Commercial Appeal's Pepsi Best of the Preps Girls Basketball Player of the Year Finalist

Lauren Avant,Lausanne junior
A two-time Division 2-A Miss Basketball winner and
Parade magazine All-American, Avant, a 5-9 guard,
averaged 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, four assists and five
steals for a Lady Lynx squad that went 30-4. Avant’s play
helped Lausanne advance to its second consecutive D2-A
state-title game.

Jasmine James, Bartlett senior
A 5-9 guard and Georgia signee, James averaged an
area-best 25.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and four
steals, helping Bartlett to a 25-7 record and a Class AAA
sectional appearance. James was one of three Class AAA
Miss Basketball finalists.

Jasmine Robinson
, Overton junior
A 5-8 point guard, Robinson led Overton to its most
successful season, as the Lady Wolverines advanced to
the Class AAA state tournament for the first time. Robinson
averaged a team-high 15 points per game for Overton,
which finished 27-7 after advancing to the Class AAA
state semifinals.

Jasmine Taylor,Central senior
A 5-10 forward and Arkansas State signee, Taylor was
the scoring leader for a Central squad that fell, 62-61, to
Nashville Hillsboro on a last-second shot in the Class AAA
state-title game. Taylor’s 15.5 points per game paced a
Lady Warriors team that finished the year 35-2.

Sarah Watkins, Houston senior
The area’s most dominant post player, Watkins, a 6-2
Arkansas signee, averaged 23.2 points per game during
the regular season for Houston, which advanced to the
Region 8-AAA quarterfinals.

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