Plummer paces girls' squad
Fri. April 12, 2013 at 7:00 a.m. | By Jason Queen
Bayley Plummer is The Dispatch 2013 girls' All-Davidson County Player of the Year. (Photo by Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch)
Fans of East Davidson’s girls’ basketball program know what it’s like to have a player come in as a freshman and dominate.
Seeing Bayley Plummer do it this season, then, wasn’t that big of a shocker.
On a team full of players who did plenty of little things very well for coach Don Corry, Plummer made a very big impact in the middle. She helped lead the Eagles to the Central Carolina Conference tournament championship and a spot in the 2-A West regionals. For her performance, Plummer is the 2013 The Dispatch All-Davidson County Player of the Year.
Just a freshman, Plummer made her presence felt from the get-go for the Eagles. She finished by averaging 15.9 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. In an age dominated by perimeter shooting, she sees the game at its most basic principle. “A layup’s a lot easier than a 3,” she said with a chuckle. “I feel like it does give me an advantage.
“I try to dominate the paint when I can and do what I know how to do.”
As a freshman, Plummer knew she was joining a team that had the ability to win right away. With Lori Morgan and Jennifer Welborn returning and fellow freshman Madi Hallman as the floor leader, the Eagles simply had to learn how to play together. Plummer tried to fit in and do whatever was necessary to be successful. “I just wanted to try and help the team win,” she added. “I knew I could do it, it was just a matter of having faith to do it.”
As much as she impacted the game with her point production and rebounding, she was equally as imposing on the defensive end. She blocked a mind-boggling 191 shots, averaging six swats per game. With her ability to take over the game in so many different ways, she certainly brought back memories of former Golden Eagle star Anna Freeman. “I learned from watching the game over the years,” she said. “Anna was a pretty good shot blocker, I thought, and I learned from her.”
Here is the rest of the 2013 All-County team:
Paige Chavis, senior, guard, Central Davidson: Chavis missed the second half of last season with an injury, and her team did a very nice job of filling in without her. But life was much easier this season with her, especially at the front of the Spartans’ tenacious full-court press. The senior averaged 14.6 points, 3.6 steals, 3.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Jasmine Carter, senior, post, Lexington: Carter, who began her career primarily as a post player, developed the ability to help the Jackets in every facet over the years. While she is still capable of dominating the paint, she expanded her game this year and was able to bring the ball up the floor if needed and step out and hit the 3. She averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game.
Joslyn Spires, senior, guard, Thomasville: The lightning quick point guard they call “Ice Box” would have been more appropriately named the “Meat Cleaver” for the way she carved up opposing defenses. Able to break down opposing guards off the dribble and hit the 3 when they sagged off of her, Spires was the key reason the Bulldogs finished one step away from the state championship game.
Larsen Sigmon, senior, guard, South Davidson: On a team loaded with seniors who played with an overflowing amount of heart and determination, Sigmon was the heart and soul of the team. Though the Wildcats were often undersized, they made up for that with hustle and togetherness, and Sigmon was the primary example of it. She averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Emmalee Thomas, senior, guard, Ledford: Possibly the purest shooter in the county, Thomas was almost unstoppable from 3-point range. When she got hot, there was absolutely nothing opposing defenses could do to stop her. She averaged 13.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in leading the Panthers to the 3-A regionals.
Honorable mention: Lauren Ramsey, North Davidson; Courtney Callicutt, Ledford; Callie Herman, West Davidson; Alexis Fowler, Lexington; Madi Beeson, South Davidson; McKenzie Burkhart, Central Davidson; Christina Coleman, Thomasville.
Jason Queen can be reached at 249-3981, ext. 220 or email@example.com.