Jackson County was well represented on the 2018-19 Alabama Sports Writers Association's High School Basketball All-State Teams.
Five players earned the all-state honors, which were announced late Saturday night.
Annie Hughes and Molly Heard of Class 3A girls state champion Pisgah were selected, as was 1A girls state runner-up Skyline’s Bailee Usrey. Meanwhile, Skyline’s Collin Lockard and North Sand Mountain’s Hunter Vest were selected on the boys’ side.
Hughes, an Auburn signee who was named the Gatorade Alabama Girls Basketball Player of the Year on Friday, was a Class 3A first-team all-state selection for the third consecutive season. Hughes, a two-time state tournament MVP after leading the Eagles to back-to-back state titles, averaged 21.3 points, seven rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.4 steals as the Eagles went 34-1 this past season
Heard, a freshman, earned her first all-state selection after being selected Class 3A girls second-team all-state. Heard averaged 12.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.4 blocked shots.
Usrey was selected 1A first-team all-state after helping Skyline go 29-6 and reach the state championship game for the first time in program history. Usrey, the Northeast Regional MVP and an all-state tournament team selection, averaged 21 points, five rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. The junior was a third-team all-state pick last season.
Skyline’s Collin Lockard was a Class 1A boys second-team all-state selection. Lockard, a junior and an All-Northeast Regional selection, averaged 2.3.7 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game as the Vikings finished 24-9, won a Jackson County and Class 1A Area 14 Tournament titles and finished as the Northeast Regional runner-up.
NSM’s Vest was a Class 2A boys third-team all-state selection. The senior point guard averaged 17.2 points, 6.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as the Bison went 20-8 and advanced to the 2A Northeast Regional tournament.