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April 7, 2012

Lawson named Offensive Player of the Year as All-Region teams are named

AMERICUS —  The Region 4-A All-Region team was recently announced and Schley County was represented quite well in the voting. Senior Lorenzo Lawson was named the Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Region, Makendous Thornton was named Second Team All-Region, and Trenity Coleman was named First Team All-Region for the girl’s All-Region Team. Marion County also received some good news as Kasha Hartage was named First Team All-Region and sophomore Chelsey Haynes was named Second Team All-Region.

For Lorenzo Lawson, the prestigious honor of being named the Offensive Player of the Year is not a new title. Incredibly, this is the second straight year that Lawson received the Offensive Player of the Year honor after winning the award as a junior at Schley County.

Over the past year, Lawson was a point scoring machine for the ‘Cats as he defended his title of being the best offensive player in Region 4-A. He averaged an amazing 24.2 points per game as he paced the Wildcats’ offensive attack. Although Lawson was an avid scorer for the ‘Cats he was not a selfish player, a fact made obvious by his 3.5 assists per game average.

Lawson is a well-rounded basketball player who has also played excellent defense for the ‘Cats over the past two seasons. This year, Lawson pulled down 10.1 rebounds per game on average, while also recording 2 steals and 1 block per game.

“Lorenzo is definitely one heck of a player, and he has been for me the three years that I have been down here,” said Schley County head coach David Kessler. “He has been the best offensive player in the region for two years in a row.”

Lawson was joined in the post season honors by Second Team All-Region player Makendous Thornton. Thornton put up solid numbers across the board during his senior season, and his hard work paid off with the post season award.

On the offensive side, Thornton averaged 13.5 points per game and 4.5 assist per game. Much like Lawson, Thornton is also a well-rounded player who displays excellent defensive skills. He added 6.3 rebounds per game and 2.5 steals per game to his totals, making him an obvious choice for the All-Region Second Team.

“Both of these guys have started for the three years I have been here and both are just excellent players,” said coach Kessler. “In my opinion, if somebody on the next level will get them they are going to be getting some good players who are apparently sleepers right now for some reason,” he added.

On the girl’s side, Trenity Coleman led the Lady ‘Cats over the past season in nearly every category. Coleman was one of the most consistent players in Region 4-A, and she was voted to the Region 4-A First Team All-Region in recognition of her huge season.

For Marion County, head Coach Dwanna Carter had two girls receive All-Region honors. Kasha Hartage was named to the First Team and Chelsey Haynes was named to the Second Team.

Hartage was a senior guard for the Marion County and she made the most out of her final season as a Lady Eagle. She averaged 13 points per game, on top of three steals and six rebounds per game.

Haynes was named to the Second Team as only a sophomore. The outstanding young forward averaged 10 points per game to go along with eight rebounds per game for the Lady Eagles. Many nights, Haynes could be found under the basket out-fighting the opposing teams for rebounds and scoring on difficult put back attempts.

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