Bluffton’s Tacoya Heyward and Beaufort High’s Layla Warren wowed their fans all season long, and the standout guard duo was rewarded last week by sharing the Region 7-4A’s highest individual honor.
After earning a spot on the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association 4A All-State Team earlier in the week, Warren and Heyward were named Region 7-4A co-players of the year. Bluffton head coach Lonnie Roberts was voted coach of the year after leading Heyward and his Bobcats to a perfect 9-0 regular-season region mark before capturing the tournament title.
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Making her mark as a freshman, Heyward used her blazing speed and lockdown defense to dismantle region foes, averaging 11.8 points per game, 5.1 assists per game, and 4.5 steals per contest.
Warren capped off an incredible career at Beaufort with a tremendous senior season, shooting her way to a remarkable 19.9 points per game while adding five rebounds and five steals a contest.
Four Bobcats were named to the All-Region team, as fellow freshman Katie Rodney and seniors Samari Mitchell and Kayleigh Washington joined Heyward on the 12-player list. Hilton Head’s Lynda Young and Janiya Ferebee were also selected to the squad alongside May River’s Morgan Scott, Ari Bevan, and Jordan Bigham. Andrea Duncan of James Island and Lucy Beckham’s Virginia Byrd rounded out the team.
The future of girls hoops in the region could not be brighter, as an incredible seven of the 12 honorees on the squad are just freshmen.
By Wes Kerr