The All-Douglas County Sentinel basketball team showed balance with each of the five county teams having at least two members.
The boys’ team was led by player of the year Omarion Smith of Douglas County while Demeara Hinds was selected as the girls’ top player.
Both players led their teams into the second round of the state playoffs.
Smith, a junior, was one of the top shot-blockers in the state. He finished the season with 152 blocked shots to help the Tigers finish as region runner-up and reach the second round of the state playoffs. The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 10.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 5.6 blocked shots per game. He finished the season with 12 double-doubles in points and rebounds and had two triple-doubles. He had a career-high 14 blocked shots in a win over Washington in a holiday tournament.
Hinds, a 6-foot-3 Wake Forest signee, led the Lions into the second round of the state playoffs. The 6-foot-3 center averaged 13.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots in 29 games. She finished her career with 1,110 points and 1,032 rebounds in 105 games. She was named the Region 6-AAAAA Player of the Year. She became the first Lithia Springs female player to sign a scholarship with a Power 5 Conference school.
Named to the boy’s team alone with Smith was Jaylon Brown of Alexander, Michael Bell of Chapel Hill, Dee Topps of New Manchester and Anthony Hardy of Lithia Springs.
Bell and Smith are juniors while Brown, Hardy and Topps are seniors.
Hardy, a two-time Region 6-AAAAA Player of the Year, was last season’s county player of the year.
Hardy finished his career as the county’s all-time leading scorer with 2,258 points. This past season, he 28 points, eight assists and five rebounds this past season for the Lions.
On the girl’s side, Hinds is joined on the first team by Ali Foxx-Rome of Alexander, Dy’mon Cook of Douglas County, Kharyssa Richardson of New Manchester and Alana Gibbs of Douglas County.
Foxx-Rome, Cook and Hinds are seniors while Richardson is a sophomore and Gibbs is a junior.
Foxx-Rome had an immediate impact on the Alexander team in her first and only season in the program. A transfer from North Paulding High, he 6-foot-1 center/power forward averaged a team-leading 13.2 points and 10.5 rebounds. She also contributed 1.3 blocked shots and 1.4 steals per game.
Cook, a Tuskegee University signee, led the Tigers into the second round of the playoffs.