TSSAA Miss Basketball finalists
Jaycee Coe, Jackson County
Cariona Hassell, Goodpasture
Mendy McNeese, North Greene
Rachel Bell, Creek Wood
Allison Hodge, Grainger County
Abbey Sissom, Cannon County
Crystal Dangerfield, Blackman
Keiana Gilbert, Columbia Central
Alexa Middleton, Riverdale
Emily Lytle, Evangelical Christian School
Kaylan Pugh, St. Mary's
Micah Scheetz, Webb School of Knoxville
Jasmine Cincore, Briarcrest
Kennesha Nichols, Ensworth
Kennedy Potts, Harpeth Hall
Mr. Basketball finalists
Desonta Bradford, Humboldt
Derrick Spears, Middle Tennessee Christian
Levi Woods, Meigs County
Braxton Blackwell, Christ Presbyterian Academy
Jordon Varnado, Haywood
LeGerald Vick, Douglass
C.J. Anderson, Arlington
Leron Black, White Station
Daniel Norl, Kenwood
Clay Hertel, Donelson Christian Academy
Rob Marberry, Franklin Road Academy
Justin Wertner, St. George's
Josh Bougher, Christian Brothers
Andrew Fleming, Ensworth
Slate Rider, Father Ryan
Levi Woods was just trying to help Meigs County win as many basketball games as he could. Making history never occurred to him, but that's just what happened Friday afternoon when he became the program's first state Mr. Basketball finalist.
"That means a whole lot to me because there have been some really good players here before me," Woods said. "I've just tried to play my best to make people around here proud. But I'm glad to be recognized for the hard work I've put in."
Versatile enough to have played every position from point guard to the post this season, Woods averages 20.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.5 steals and a blocked shot per game for Meigs County. A natural shooting guard, the 6-foot-4 senior and four-year starter already hasa signed with Lee University.
He is joined by Humboldt's Desonta Bradford and Middle Tennessee Christian's Derrick Spears as the three finalists for the state's Class A Mr. Basketball award.
"I'm really happy for Levi because this is well deserved for a kid who has come to practice every day looking to get better," Meigs County coach Sammy Perkinson said. "It's obvious what he's meant to our program, and besides developing as a player, he's also become a really strong leader for us."
Woods has helped Meigs turn around from a 4-28 finish two years ago to stand 24-4 and undefeated in its district heading into the postseason.
The Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards will be presented before the championship game awards to the top players in each of the state's five classifications. The presentation of the Mr. Basketball Awards for Classes A, AA and AAA will be given during the championship awards for each class on March 15 at Middle Tennessee State University's Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.
Division I Miss Basketball awards will be announced on March 8, also at MTSU. Division II awards for boys and girls will be given March 1 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena.
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Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...