Take a 14-6 varsity record, first place in their own inaugural Christmas Tournament and a third place finish in a highly competitive new conference, add a JV team that ended up 17-3 and won their conference and end of the season tournament titles and then season it with a middle school team that went undefeated, 15-0. What is in this mix? Quite simply, for the girls basketball program in Caroline Schools, it is the beginning of a dynasty.
It was that kind of year for the Lady Cavs at Caroline High School and the Caroline Middle School Eagles girls basketball teams and they celebrated their banner year on March 20 with a sports banquet in the cafeteria at Caroline High School. Parents and coaches provided a meal for all who came.
Representing the Caroline School Board, Nancy Carson joined with many in expressing appreciation for the hard work and excellent representation the teams have shown this season. Ms. Carson commented that she started teaching third grade at Ladysmith Elementary and remembers when a number of the girls on the team were in her class.
”These girls are not just a bunch of jocks,” remarked varsity head coach Tim Marshall concerning the students on the teams. “There are a lot of good scholars here.”
The varsity team, coached by Marshall, assisted by Harry Mosby III and Janelle Brooks, was led by tri-captains Jazmen Moore, Hope Toliver and Bo Hayes. MVP Moore averaged 10.9 points per game, had 88 assists, 44 steals and was on the second team all conference team while maintaining a 3.56 GPA. Bo Hayes, receiver of the Coaches Award, averaged 11.9 points per game. A senior who played three years, Hayes accumulated over her career 526 points, 23 assists, 100 blocked shots, 445 rebounds and received honorable mention on the All Regional Team. With a 3.95 GPA, Hayes has been sought after by a number of D2 schools. Toliver, who was recognized as the Most Improved Player on the team, scored 17.6 points per game, 55 blocks and 180 rebounds. Toliver has a 4.24 GPA.
The junior varsity team saw a lot of activity in its roster with players going up to varsity and eighth graders from the middle school being called up to JV. Coach Mosby was assisted by coaches Marshall and Brooks as co-captains Monique Johnson and Emily Watters provided leadership for the team, which ended with a 17-3 record. The JV Cavs definitely benefited from players who were called up from the middle school. Top scorer was MyKaila Smith, the Cavalier Award went to Rejon Hawkins and the Coach’s Award was given to Jaleah Baker. All three were Caroline Middle School students. The Top Defender award was earned by Ny’Asia Brown and Devynn Mauck received the Crunch Time Award.
The Eagles, with an undefeated 15-0 record, was coached by Mosby, and assisted by Marshall and Amanda Roberts. The Eagles were led by three captains, Rejon Hawkins, MyKaila Smith and Devynn Mauck. The Top Defender was Rejon Hawkins, Top Scorer was MyKaila Smith and the MVP award was presented to Jaleah Baker.
Celebrating this year’s accomplishments and saying goodbye to the lone senior moving on, Caroline looks forward to the basketball dynasty that is sure to come.