AJ’s Sowell, Farmer, LHS’s Hough lead girls honors

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Gems of the county gyms

By Robert Howey


Two ace senior guards and a veteran coach who guided his team to a state title berth highlight The Lancaster News’ all-county honors for the 2013-14 girls basketball season.

Andrew Jackson High School senior guard Dareisha Sowell and Lancaster High School senior guard Kyia Hough shared the County Player of the Year for girls basketball.

Dennis Farmer, who piloted AJ to its first state championship game appearance in 27 years, is the TLN Coach of the Year.

Sowell and Hough, who each garnered all-state honors, led their teams to unbeaten region championships during regular-season play.

Hough, who missed all of her junior season with an injury, returned to average 15 points a game to go with 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals. She earned the Bruin Award and was selected to the annual North-South All-Star basketball game in Lexington.

“Kyia worked hard to get back and provided key leadership and encouragement for her teammates,” said LHS coach Ronnie Robinson, the Region III-AAAA girls basketball Coach of the Year. “Kyia brought a lot of positives to our team and made us much more aggressive.”

Hough, who has signed to play college basketball at Western Carolina University, earned the Region III-AAAA Player of the Year.

Sowell also had a banner season in her fifth year as an AJ starter. She averaged 16.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.5 assists for the 23-4 Lady Vols, who captured the Region IV-AA crown, Class AA Upper State title and finished as the Class AA state runner-up.

Sowell, the Region IV-AA Player of the Year, also reaped Class AA all-state honors. She has been selected to play in the S.C. vs. Georgia girls all-star basketball game April 19.

Sowell sparked AJ in its postseason run, averaging 24.6 points, including a 40-point effort in the AJ girls’ 62-48 win over Newberry in the Class AA Upstate title game in Greenville.

“Dareisha had a very solid year, the kind of effort you expect from a senior player,” Farmer said. “She upped her level of play and put us on her back in the Class AA playoffs.”

Farmer, assisted by Kelly Phillips, Derek Vick and Jonathan Scott, guided the Lady Vols to their banner campaign and earned the Region IV-AA Coach of the Year.

“We had a great year and met a lot of goals,” Farmer said “It was a great ride.”

A pair of Lady Vols standouts reaped all-county hoops honors – sophomores Elizabeth Scott and Summer Vick. Scott, an all-region pick, averaged 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, two steals and 1.9 assists.

Vick hit 7.2 points with 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.3 assists per game.

Lancaster High senior center Phoebe Johnson, an all-region and all-state pick, is an all-county selection.

She averaged 11.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in earning the LHS Bruin Award and selection to the Carolina Classic, an all-star game in Myrtle Beach which featured the Carolinas top senior players.

Buford High’s Gabby Davis and Indian Land’s Kate Komorous round out the girls all-county first team.

Davis, an all-region pick and the Lady Jackets’ MVP, averaged 14.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game.

Indian Land’s  Komorous, an all-region selection, averaged 9.2 points and 4.4 assists a game.

Second team: Hayden Thorne (LHS), Keyotta Garris (LHS), Anslee McDow (AJ), Jasona Ballard (BHS), Monae Brown (IL), Jessica Reynolds (IL)

The coach of the year, player of the year and all-county selections were chosen from nominations by the four county coaches.