Player of the Year

Pisgah's Annie Hughes has been named the 2018-19 Gatorade Alabama Girls Basketball Player of the Year.


It was quite the week for Pisgah’s Annie Hughes.

The Auburn signee helped the Pisgah girls basketball team repeat as Class 3A State Champion on March 1, then was selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star on Thursday. 

On Friday, Hughes picked up another honor as she was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Alabama Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

The two-time Class 3A All-State Tournament MVP averaged 21.3 points, seven rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.4 steals as the Eagles went 34-1 this past season. The 5-foot-9 guard finished her career with 2,694 points, 889 rebounds, 384 assists and 439 steals.

Hughes is the first Pisgah basketball player to win the award.

“This was a complete surprise and such an honor,” Hughes said.  “I had no clue that this goal was achievable considering what a small town I live in. I hope this goes to show younger athletes from small places to always work hard because anything can be accomplished with enough drive and dedication. I am proud to represent our state as well as the Pisgah community as the Gatorade Player of the Year.”

Ellison said Hughes had her “best overall” season in a Pisgah uniform this past season.

“Really proud for her,” he said. “It’s a great moment for her, great moment for the school and for our program.”

Hughes was equally excited to be selected to play for the Alabama All-Stars against Mississippi. The game was Friday, March 15 in Montgomery. 

“It is an honor to be selected to represent not only the state of Alabama, but this area as well,” Hughes said. “I'd like to thank my coaches, friends, family, community, and most importantly, my savior Jesus Christ for forming into the player and person that I am today. None of my accomplishments would have been achievable without them.”

Ellison will serve as the administrative coach for the Alabama team. On top of participating in practice, he’s handling the administrative duties for the team.

“Basically the paper work, which I’m terrible at,” he joked.

It the second time Ellison, a five-time state champion coach, has participated in the event. He was Alabama’s head coach in 2005.

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