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Trueheart, Robinson sweep girls' hoops

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By Robert Howey

The 2007-08 Lancaster County girls basketball season belonged to the Lancaster High Lady Bruins.

The LHS girls, who went 14-7 and earned a Class AAAA Upper State postseason bid, were led by Lady Bruins coach Ronnie Robinson and senior ace Miteka Trueheart.

Robinson was named The Lancaster News girls basketball Coach of the Year, while Trueheart was selected as The News' Lancaster County Player of the Year.

Trueheart capped her LHS career in splendid fashion, earning Class AAAA all-state honors. She was also a McDonald's All-American nominee and reaped All-Region III-AAAA basketball honors for the third time in her career.

Trueheart, the Region III-AAAA Player of the Year, played in the Carolinas All-Star Classic April 5 which featured the Carolinas' top senior basketball players. Trueheart helped S.C. to an 81-66 win over the N.C. stars at the Charlotte Bobcats' Time Warner Cable Arena.

"This season Miteka was more of a team player," Robinson said. "She carried us."

Trueheart was the team's top scorer, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and six steals a game for the Lady Bruins, who rebounded from a 9-13 record last year.

"Miteka realized that with her basketball ability, not just scoring, she could really make an impact with the team and she really did. That way, she made everybody that much better," Robinson said. "Miteka's had an outstanding career, but this year she really came on and played well for us. She gave us that spark."

Andrew Jackson High girls coach Dennis Farmer also saluted Trueheart, who earned the girls MVP Award for the second straight season in the Comporium Christmas Classic at AJ.

"Trueheart's an excellent player," Farmer said. "She understands the game and has great basketball instincts."

Robinson, assisted by Dwayne Robinson and Shanethia Hamilton, also drew Farmer's praise.

"Coach Robinson has done a good job building that program," Farmer said. "Lancaster gets it done with defense. They do it the right way and work hard to be prepared."

The first-team all-county squad also includes Lady Bruins' senior post player Tenisha Howze, an all-region player who won the team's Defensive Award. Howze averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots a game.

LHS freshman center DeQuana Jones was also a first-team selection, averaging 7 points and 5 rebounds a game.

The all-county first team includes Andrew Jackson's Erica Ealy, Buford's Brittany McCarter and Indian Land's Hannah Harris.

Ealy, the Lady Vols' MVP, averaged 12 points and nine rebounds a game in earning All-Region VIII-AA honors for 7-14 AJ.

BHS's McCarter, the county's top scorer, averaged 17.9 points per game to go with 8.7 rebounds and 2 steals a game.

Harris, a freshman guard, averaged 8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and reaped all-region honors for the Lady Warriors, who went 9-10 and finished third in Conference III-A play to earn a Class A Upper State postseason bid.

Second team: Janay Blackmon (BHS), Tamesha Fletcher (LHS), Mykela Hallums (IL), Shelby McConnell (IL), Caroline Phillips (AJ), McKenzie Stribling (AJ)

Player and coach of the year awards and all-county selections were made from nominations by the four county girls basketball coaches.

Contact sports editor Robert Howey at 283-1157