Precious Bridges, Dwyer: Post All-Area large school girls basketball player of the year
Friday, March 26, 2010
by Cristina Ledra
Precious Bridges. (Photo by Ray Graham / The Palm Beach Post
Precious Bridges always had been quiet, yet she was intense when she got on the basketball court.
This year, the Dwyer junior became a leader on the floor, helping direct the Panthers to their first district championship since 2004.
"She's been working with a strength coach, has been working extra hours on her weaknesses. She's greatly matured and understood the philosophy that the team is trying to go with as far as working hard," Dwyer coach Jeryl Akins said. "She's turned into a good leader, which I'm very proud of because when she first came in, she was kind of shy."
Bridges has been considered a top player in the area for the past two seasons, but this was the year she set herself apart.
"She has good speed, she's very quick, she knows the game very well," Akins said. "She anticipates very well and her speed helps with that. She averages almost five steals a game. She's a very good mid-range shooter and she's very competitive. She's a very aggressive player."
Bridges, who averaged 17.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4.5 steals per game, was admittedly nervous speaking in front of people, even her teammates. But some nudging from Akins helped transform her into the leader that contributed to the Panthers' success.
"Our attitude toward each other got better throughout the season," Bridges said. "We stopped fighting and arguing. We were the same girls, but we needed to come together. We had more conversations, we had more team activities. And when we came together, our energy was a lot higher and we had respect for each other and we just did what we needed to do."
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Michael Lynch, Jupiter
Earned the honor for the second year in a row after taking a team that lacks a superstar deep into the playoffs.
Guard: Taylor Shade, Boynton Beach, So.
Dominated opponents while leading the county in scoring with 24.6 points per game.
Guard: Myeshia Hall, Palm Beach Lakes, Jr.
Didn't let injury slow her down, still averaged 21.8 points, 9.1 rebounds.
Forward/center: Chelsea Williams, Suncoast, Sr.
Averaged 17.8 points per game and 11.2 rebounds.
Guard: Shanovia Dove, Palm Beach Lakes, Fr.
Averaged 17.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a freshman.
Forward: Joi Ostrout, Jupiter
Led Jupiter to its first regional final appearance by averaging 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds.
Guard: Brandie Robertson, Palm Beach Gardens, Sr.
By directing the Gardens' offense, led the Gators to an outstanding year.
Guard: Brandy Montgomery, Lincoln Park Academy, Fr.
Highly skilled, mature player on the varsity since seventh grade.
Guard: Kaneisha Atwater, Fort Pierce Westwood, Jr.
Five triple doubles this season, led area in scoring with 28.2 points per game.
G/F: Patrice Collie, Royal Palm Beach, Sr.
G: Porsche Shakes, PB Central, Sr.
G: Nicolle DeSiqueira, West Boca, Sr.
F/C: Brittni Montgomery, FP Central, Sr.
G: Nayrana Carniero, Boca Raton, Sr.
F: Clare Hosack, Dwyer, Sr.
F/C: Kaila Callender, Martin County, Jr.
C: Dyana Pierre, Lincoln Park, Jr.
Palm Beach Gardens — Chandler Day, Jalisa Gandy, Kiara Pleasant, Chanetta Newby; Jupiter — Shannon Caspar, Kaitlyn Larkin. Ali St. Van, Carlayna Stone, Megan Pino; Wellington — Katey Applegate, Stephanie Weiss, Sarah Knoess; Lake Worth — Allison Kerr, Dominique St. Juste, Medjine Inacus; Spanish River — Sara Dawson; Atlantic: Tiffany Gary; Dwyer — Alicia Hines; West Boca — Jessica Perrin; Palm Beach Central — Lexus Love; Royal Palm Beach — Latoya Harvin, Dixie Greenland; Martin County — Maria Fernandez, Tarand Richard; Santaluces — Miriam Pierre; Fort Pierce Central — Terrice Robinson, Larnique Collins; Lincoln Park Academy — Stephanie Ball; Centennial — Shanece Stephens; Okeechobee — Essence Williams, Jensen Beach — Ashley Robinson.