Griffin players named to All-Region team; Brown named Coach of the Year

Griffin High head coach DeAndra Brown during a game against McIntosh on Jan. 29 at The House in Griffin. In the background is Lady Bears assistant coach Willie Puckett.

When Region 2-AAAAA released its All-Region basketball team last week, the regular season and region tournament champion Griffin High Lady Bears (16-7) had eight players named to the team, while head coach DeAndra Brown was named Coach of the Year.

Sophomores Leah Turner and Samiah Puckett were named First Team All-Region, while classmate Aaliyah Duranham was named Second Team All-Region.

Those who received Honorable Mention included junior Nadiyah Byard and freshmen Zamiyah Hosley and Kimora Martin as well as seniors Janiya Duffey and Dakaria Shannon.

The Griffin boys team (13-9), which finished the regular season in fifth place and finished third in last week’s region tournament, also had several players recognized.

Chief amongst them were Quay Baker on the First Team and Jamari Piercy on the Second Team. Jaleel Chambliss and Nehemiah Casey were named Honorable Mention.