AUGUSTA, GA – With the start of the 2012-13 women’s basketball season just around the corner, the Peach Belt Conference has released the Preseason All-Conference Team. Five players were named to the team from five different schools, all selected by the league’s head coaches. North Georgia’s Jaymee Carnes, USC Aiken’s Kayla Harris, Clayton State’s Drameka Griggs, Armstrong’s Mauri Wells and Georgia College’s Shanteona Keys were named to the preseason squad.
Jaymee Carnes is coming off one of the seminal seasons in Peach Belt history last year. The 2011-12 PBC Player of the Year was also named the Daktronics DII National Player of the Year after leading the nation in scoring with 25.0 points per game. The returning junior from Gainesville, Ga., became the second PBC player to ever lead the nation in scoring and her 624 points is the tenth-highest single-season point total in PBC history. Carnes was also second in the PBC and 15th nationally in rebounding with 11.2 per game and had 20 double-doubles. She also led the league in blocks.
Kayla Harris was named an honorable mention All-American by the WBCA last year after leading USC Aiken to their first PBC Tournament title and the NCAA Southeast Regional final. A junior from Raleigh, N.C., Harris averaged 15.8 ppg along with 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists. She scored in double figures 25 times with 11 games of 20 or more points. A first-team All-Conference selection, she was also named to the PBC All-Tournament team and the NCAA Southeast Regional All-Tournament team.
Drameka Griggs returns for her senior season at Clayton State after being named third-team All-Conference in the Peach Belt last year. A returning senior from Ellenwood, Ga., she played in all 35 games for the Lakers last season with five starts and was second on the team in scoring with 10.7 ppg. She was third in the league with 80 total steals. A key part of Clayton State’s 2011 National Championship team, Griggs was eighth in the league in free throw percentage and 13th in field goal percentage.
Mauri Wells led the Peach Belt Conference and was ranked fourth in the nation in rebounding with 13.0 per game last season. A returning junior from Rome, Ga., Wells also led the team and was ranked 11th in scoring with 12.2 ppg. A third-team All-Conference selection, she was sixth in the nation with 17 double-doubles last year with 22 games of double-digit rebounds and 17 of double-digit scoring. She was also ranked second in the PBC in free throw percentage and named a PBC Player of the Week.
Shanteona Keys was named the 2011-12 PBC Freshman of the Year and third-team All-Conference after an outstanding freshman campaign. A returning sophomore from Roswell, Ga., Keys was the second-leading scorer in the Peach Belt last year with 16.6 points per game. She started in all 26 games for the Bobcats, was fourth in the Peach Belt in free throw percentage and 10th in three-point percentage. Keys scored in double figures 22 times with a career-best 29 in the season finale against Clayton State.
Peach Belt Conference
Preseason All-Conference Team
Jaymee Carnes, North Georgia
Kayla Harris, USC Aiken
Drameka Griggs, Clayton State
Mauri Wells, Armstrong
Shanteona Keys, Georgia College