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March 5, 2013

Peach Belt Releases Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team

AUGUSTA, GA – The Peach Belt Conference has released the 2012-13 women's basketball All-Conference team from the league office in Augusta.  #1-ranked Clayton State was the big winner with Drameka Griggs named Player of the Year, Kayla Price the Freshman of the Year and Shacamra Jackson the Defensive Player of the Year.  Augusta State's Nate Teymer was named the Coach of the Year.  The team was selected by the league's head coaches.

Griggs has been the captain of the #1-ranked team in the nation, leading the Lakers to a perfect 26-0 record.  The senior from Ellenwood, Ga., is second in the PBC in scoring with 19.5 points per game.  She is also second in the league in steals and field goal percentage and leads the conference in free throw percentage.  A four-time PBC Player of the Week this season, Griggs has led the team in scoring 20 times this year and is 39 points shy of tying the school's single-season scoring mark of 547 points.  Griggs, who was named to the All-Conference team for the second year in a row, becomes the first Clayton State Laker to ever be named the league's Player of the Year.

Kayla Pryce started in all 26 games for the #1 team in the nation in her first year of collegiate basketball.  A freshman from Melbourne, Fla., she has the third-most minutes played on the team and is fifth on the squad in scoring.  She is also third in assists and fourth in steals for the Lakers with six double-digit scoring games this season.  Pryce becomes the second Clayton State player to be named the PBC's Freshman of the Year, joining Apryl Brown who received the honor in 2001-02.

Shacamra Jackson leads the Peach Belt and is ranked seventh in the nation in blocked shots.  A junior from Marietta, Ga.,  she is also 10th in the PBC in defensive rebounds and fifth in steals on the team.  She had five games this season with five or more blocks.  She captains a defense that leads the nation in blocked shots and is eighth in scoring defense.   Clayton State as a team leads the PBC in blocks, steals, field goal percentage defense and is second in scoring defense and rebound margin.  Jackson is the third straight Laker to win the Defensive Player of the Year award; Tanisha Woodard claimed the award the previous two years.

Nate Teymer transformed a team that won just one game three years ago into a #1 seed for the upcoming PBC Tournament.  In his third year at the helm of the Jaguars, Teymer guided the Jaguars to a 21-5 overall record, their first 20+ win season since 2007-08, and a tournament #1 seed for the first time since 2003.  The Jaguars finished atop the PBC east division and earned a national ranking for three weeks this season.  The team is also ranked eighth in the latest NCAA Southeast Region poll and may be poised to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008.   Teymer becomes the first Augusta State women's coach to win the Coach of the Year honor since Lowell Barnhart captured it twice, most recently in 1995.

The 2012-13 PBC All-Conference team is listed below.  Fifteen players were selected to the team; five on the first team, six on the second team (due to a tie at the final spot), and four on the third team.  The team was selected by the league's head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball
2012-13 All-Conference Team

First Team
Taylor Beverly, Montevallo
Jaymee Carnes, North Georgia
Drameka Griggs, Clayton State
Williesha Spencer, Flagler
Daniela Tarailo, USC Aiken

Second Team
Brittany Hill, USC Aiken
Mimi Hill, North Georgia
Tanchelle Hollingsworth, Augusta State
Shanteona Keys, Georgia College
Kayla Mobley, Clayton State
Taren White, Columbus State

Third Team
Taylor Ayers, Augusta State
Stephanie Huffman, North Georgia
Shacamra Jackson,  Clayton State
Jazmine Kemp, UNC Pembroke

Player of the Year
Drameka Griggs, Clayton State

Freshman of the Year
Kayla Pryce, Clayton State

Defensive Player of the Year
Shacamra Jackson, Clayton State

Coach of the Year
Nate Teymer, Augusta State

Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball

2012-13 All-Conference Team

 

First Team

Taylor Beverly, Montevallo

Jaymee Carnes, North Georgia

Drameka Griggs, Clayton State

Williesha Spencer, Flagler

Daniela Tarailo, USC Aiken

 

Second Team

Brittany Hill, USC Aiken

Mimi Hill, North Georgia

Tanchelle Hollingsworth, Augusta State

Shanteona Keys, Georgia College

Kayla Mobley, Clayton State

Taren White, Columbus State

 

Third Team

Taylor Ayers, Augusta State

Stephanie Huffman, North Georgia

Shacamra Jackson,  Clayton State

Jazmine Kemp, UNC Pembroke

 

Player of the Year

Drameka Griggs, Clayton State

 

Freshman of the Year

Kayla Price, Clayton State

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Shacamra Jackson, Clayton State

 

Coach of the Year

Nate Teymer, Augusta State