2012-13 Washington Daily News All-Area girls’ basketball teamPublished 4:50pm Tuesday, April 9, 2013
It was another great year for girls’ basketball as the area featured two teams that spent time in the top-10 state rankings in Riverside and Plymouth, which helped make this year’s Washington Daily News All-Area team a loaded one.
Both Riverside and Plymouth would split the Four Rivers Conference regular season crown this season, but it was the Knights, led by WDN Player of the Year Jalyn Brown, that would win the tournament and advance all the way to the East Regional semifinals before seeing their season come to an end.
With a deep and athletic roster, the Vikings sailed all the way to the third round of the playoffs led by the play of Desire Chesson and Kristy Gibson, but were stumped by a stellar River Mill Academy team.
Despite the graduation of Katisha Hyman, last year’s state runner up Southside remained competitive as the Seahawks inside-out tandem of Deandria Purdue and Rosiland Clark proved to be a dangerous duo.
Powered by a mix of crafty veterans and promising newcomers, Northside was able to hold its own on a nightly basis this season, while at Washington, a youthful Pam Pack team fought hard each night and showed flashes of potential for the upcoming years.
DEANDRIA PURDUE, C, SOUTHSIDE
Perhaps the best center in the area, Southside’s Deandria Purdue was a force in the paint for the Seahawks as she led the Four Rivers Conference with 12.9 rebounds per game, while scoring 9.5 points a night. A heady veteran, the senior Purdue also did a tremendous job blocking and challenging shots down low.
D’AYSA WILSON, F,RIVERSIDE
One of the most versatile, well-round players around, Riverside’s D’asya Wilson excelled at nearly every aspect of the game. The Knights junior forward averaged a double-double for the season with 10.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and excelled in Riverside’s press defense with a conference-best 5.4 steals per game.
DESIRE CHESSON, G, PLYMOUTH
With an explosive first step and a quick jumper, guard Desire Chesson provided Plymouth with steady scoring as she averaged near 17 points per game. Also a deft passer, Chesson helped the Vikings clinch a share of the Four Rivers Conference regular season title before leading them to the conference tournament championship game.
KRISTY GIBSON, PF/C, PLYMOUTH
Tall and athletic, Plymouth center Kristy Gibson was a potential matchup nightmare for any Vikings opponent this year as her versatility enabled her to score 14 points per game. Gibson’s strong rebounding and defensive prowess helped the Vikings go 21-5 this season and advance to the third round of the playoffs where they fell to eventual state runners up River Mill.
ROSILAND CLARK, PG, SOUTHSIDE
The graduation of Southside’s all-time scorer Katisha Hyman left huge shoes to fill, but Rosiland Clark did as good a job as you could ask as she led the Seahawks with 10.5 points per game. The versatile Clark also averaged 2.3 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals a night for the feisty Seahawks this season.
JORDAN WOOLARD, C, NORTHSIDE
KYAJIA MOURNING, PF, SOUTHSIDE
DABRIEKA BURNETT, G, RIVERSIDE
ALEX ADAMS, SG, NORTHSIDE
SHEEMA BLOUNT, G, WASHINGTON
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