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Northeast Tennessee girls earn all-state honors

Jeff Birchfield • Apr 21, 2020 at 1:00 AM

The honors keep piling up for Alasia Smith and Jaycie Jenkins.

Smith, a 5-foot-11 senior guard from Science Hill, was named to the Tennessee Sportswriters Association (TSWA) Class AAA all-state girls basketball team Monday after leading the Lady Hilltoppers to the state quarterfinals.

Previously named the Johnson City Press/Kingsport Times-News Northeast Tennessee player of the year, Smith averaged 15 points, 9.5 rebounds and four steals per game. She was named both District 1-AAA and Region 1-AAA tournament most valuable player for a second straight year.

Jenkins, a 5-foot-11 senior guard from Daniel Boone who shared Big Seven Conference player-of-the-year award with Smith, was also named to the Class AAA team. She averaged 20.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Lady Trailblazers.

Furthermore, she hit 1.7 shots per game from 3-point range, had 3.4 steals per game and was a 75-percent shooter from the free-throw line. Jenkins scored 44 points in Boone’s 74-68 triple-overtime win over Jefferson County in the Region 1-AAA semifinals.

Abbey Crawford, a 6-foot-2 senior post from Sullivan Central, was named to the Class AA team. Leading the Lady Cougars to the Three Rivers Conference championship, she averaged 15 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

A Wofford signee, she hit 72 percent of her foul shots as the Lady Cougars tied a school record with 29 wins.

Unaka’s Lyndie Ramsey was named to the Class A all-state team. The versatile 5-foot-11 freshman led the Lady Rangers with 16 points and six rebounds per game.

She was previously honored as the Johnson City Press/Kingsport Times-News most promising underclassman.

North Greene’s Brooklyn Anderson, who was named District 1-AAA MVP after the Lady Huskies’ 45-42 win over Cloudland, was also named to the Class A all-state team.

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