Best in the county: The All-Valley girls basketball team

Published 11:28 am Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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In 2024, every girls basketball team in the county made the playoffs. It is a testament to how much talent is in the area and how much basketball means to Chambers County. 

The Valley Times wanted to recognize some of the best girls basketball players in the area one last time.
The All-Valley girls basketball team represents some of the best basketball players in the county. The All-Valley selections will consist of three teams composed of five players each. 


First Team: Kayden Dooley, Nakeriona Heard, Aniyah Robinson, Shalexia Little, TyKasia Williams


Valley’s freshman phenom Kayden Dooley kicks off as one of the most exciting young basketball players in the county. Dooley led the Rams into their new era under coach Eberne Myrthil and helped Myrthil capture an area championship in year one. 

Dooley averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and nearly four assists for Valley last season. Dooley is just getting started and should be a player to watch for several years to come. 

Nakeriona Heard was one of the more electric point guards in all of 2A last season. Heard led the Panthers to the quarterfinals in 2A, and she still has room to grow after a solid sophomore campaign. 

Heard averaged just under 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals per game last season. Heard will be expected to lead Lanett again next season. 

Aniyah Robinson was one of a small number of upperclassmen for Valley last season. Robinson dominated the paint, averaging just under 14 points and 11 rebounds on the season. Robinson’s leadership played a big factor in Valley winning the area championship under a new head coach. 

Shalexia Little was quite possibly the best guard in the entire AISA for Springwood last season. Little averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds and four assists last season. 

Little led the Wildcats to the final four as a junior. Little’s speed, physicality and attitude make her tough to guard on the perimeter or on the inside. 

TyKasia Williams was the definitive leader for Beulah last season as the Lady Bobcats clinched a playoff berth. 

Williams was by far the most reliable option on offense for Beulah. Williams averaged 18.5 points, two rebounds and one assist on the season. Williams will be a rising senior and should be a player to watch in 3A next season. 


Second team: Laila Lancaster, MaKiah White, Tori Patillo, Makenzie Gilliland, Ameria Mcclure


Laila Lancaster was one of the most physically imposing athletes in the county and in the state during basketball season. Lancaster averaged just under eight points, nine rebounds, one assist and three blocks per game last season. 

Lancaster stands at six-foot-four, and she still has a lot of upside as a prospect. Lancaster graduates this spring and will be continuing her basketball career at Bethune-Cookman.

MaKiah White was Lanett’s best player at times last season. White averaged 10 points, nearly 11 rebounds, one assist and three blocks last season. 

White easily could have been on the first team, but she finished the season on the sideline. White only played 14 games for the Panthers last season, but she was without a doubt one of the most dominant players in the county when she was on the floor. 

Tori Patillo was the other half of the dynamic duo that led Springwood to the semifinals last season. Patillo 10 points, four rebounds and 3.5 assists last season. Patillo is just a rising junior and should play a major factor in Springwood’s chances next season. 

Makenzie Gilliland led Chambers Academy in her senior season. Gilliland averaged just under nine points, six rebounds and two steals as the Rebels advanced to the AISA 2A semifinals. 

LaFayette’s scoring was very spread out last season, but Ameria McClure played a large role in the Bulldogs defeating Horseshoe Bend in the area tournament and clinching a playoff berth. As just a sophomore, McClure averaged nine points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per game. 


Third team: Madison Stanford, Aronique Kyles, EJ Matthews, Taylor Ross, Cameron Boozer


As a sophomore, Madison Stanford had several flashes this season for Chambers Academy. Stanford averaged nearly nine points, three rebounds, three steals and nearly three assists for the Rebels. 

Aronique Kyles was LaFayette’s best scoring option at times last season. Kyles averaged eight points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Bulldogs last season. 

EJ Matthews was Springwood’s third scoring option last season, but she could be the first or second option for several other teams in the AISA. Matthews averaged seven points, four rebounds and one assists as a junior for the Wildcats. 

Taylor Ross was Beulah’s second scoring option last season. Ross averaged six points, one assist and three steals a game for the Bobcats. 

Cameron Boozer stepped up her game as a senior for the Lanett Panthers last season. Boozer averaged seven points and six rebounds for the Panthers. Coach Charlie Williams had high praise for Boozer all season as she became a leader for the team.