By THOMAS P. WEAVER
COOKEVILLE-When the District 7-A awards were announced here February 10 at the coaches meeting, four Clay County High School girls and all five Bulldog starters were named to the District 7-A All-Conference teams.
The Lady Bulldog team’s honors included one first-teamer, two second-team choices, and one player who made the third team, while the boys were honored with one first-team pick, a trio on the second team, and another third-teamer.
Senior sharp-shooting forward Jordan Strong was Clay County’s only boy to make the first team thanks to his three-point prowess and 11-point average per game. The honor designates him as one of the top five players in the conference and that showed as he led his team to an 18-7 record heading into Monday night’s matchup with Macon County in their regular-season finale.
His comrades headlined the second team taking three of the five spots. Junior center Dylan Carter (7 ppg, 5 rpg), junior point guard Jake Edwards (7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.6 apg), and junior guard Corey Hamilton (12 ppg, 2 apg) got the nod.
Junior reserve guard Austin Cherry (8.8 ppg) made the third team, while Curt Cherry received an honorable mention and Taylor Brown was named to the all-freshman team.
Senior standout guard Sydney Roach joined the district’s elite as the Lady Bulldogs’ representative on the first team after leading her team to an impressive 20-6 overall record with only one game left Monday night. She averaged 16 points, four assists, and two steals per game this year.
Fellow seniors Allie Brown (6.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Casey Cooper (14 ppg, 7 rpg) made the second team, while senior Mackenzie Hamilton (6 ppg, 4 apg) rounded out the girls’ honors with a third-team appearance.
Tess Hatcher, Mattie Monroe, and Hannah Ogletree received honorable mentions, while Kennedy Smith was named to the all-freshman team.