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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Blevins, Galyon named state's best in Class A

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To the victors go the spoils.

A little more than a month after capturing the school's first-ever state basketball championship, the Gordon Lee Lady Trojans were honored on Thursday with the top two individual awards in all of Class A basketball.

The Georgia Sportswriters Association named senior guard Kassidy Blevins as the Player of the Year in the classification, while Lester Galyon was tabbed as the Coach of the Year in Class A.

Blevins, who will play next season for Division I Samford University in the Southern Conference, had a monster final season for the Lady Trojans, averaging 18.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 4.4 steals a game. She shot 46 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line to earn first-team All-Region 6-A status.

But it was her performance in four state playoff games that likely cemented her state Player of the Year honor.

In playoff wins over Greenville, Seminole County, No. 2-ranked Towns County, and top-ranked Randolph-Clay, Blevins was simply dominant. The 5-foot-9 senior guard put up LeBron James-like numbers, averaging 24.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and five steals a game.

"It's a huge honor," Blevins said. "I have played against some great players, so I know there are many people deserving of this award. It's just another blessing from God and I am very thankful."

Galyon, who has led the Lady Trojans to numerous Region 6-A titles since he arrived in Chickamauga more than a decade ago, has taken the program to even bigger heights in the past five years.

Since the 2008-09 season, Galyon's teams have amassed a 125-24 record, won three region championships, and was region runner-up on another occasion.

His teams have advanced to the Sweet 16 twice, the Elite Eight once, and made history with the school's first state championship this past season following a 61-56 win over highly-regarded Randolph-Clay in the public school state title game.

Region 6-A's girls were well-represented on the honor squad.

Blevins was a first-team pick along with Southwest Atlanta Christian senior Alexis Carter and St. Francis junior Candice Williams.

St. Francis senior Nettie Brown was a second-team pick, while SACA junior Marquita Daniels and Darlington senior Terar Stewart were honorable mention selections.

St. Francis won the Class A private school state crown, beating SACA in the finals.