At the conclusion of last week’s region tournament, boys and girls basketball coaches of Region 3-4A met to vote on All-Region teams.
The region runner-up Baldwin High School Braves and Bravettes were well-represented once the final votes were tallied as a combined six were named All-Region and three others received honorable mention.
BHS girls head coach Kizzi Walker nearly got her entire starting five onto the first team as the senior trio of Dasia Harden, Tykeidra Jackson and Mikayla Waller were all named All-Region along with sophomore standout Tamia Smith. Harden is second on the team in scoring this season at 11 points per game from her guard position, but is also well-known around the region for her defensive prowess. She’s not alone in that recognition as both she and Jackson average three or better steals per game. Waller is the team’s main force down in the post as she averages nearly a double-double at 9 points and 8 rebounds per contest. The sophomore Smith is the Bravettes’ leading scorer so far this season, averaging 12.4 points a night while also pulling down 6.5 rebounds. Junior Sanaa Ross is the team’s other big post presence and she was named Honorable Mention All-Region.
On the boys side, first-year Baldwin head coach Anthony Webb had two players named All-Region and two more make honorable mention. Leading the way were juniors William Freeman and Jermyus Simmons, the team’s two leading scorers. Freeman was second in scoring for the Braves as a sophomore but has taken over that mantle this year at better than 15 points per game. Simmons is also well up into double figures as he puts up nearly 15 a night himself. Joining the two juniors in receiving region honors are a pair of freshmen, Rudolph Satcher and Jacobi Nixon who were both named Honorable Mention All-Region.
The Braves and Bravettes are prepping for the first round of the Class 4A state tournament set to begin this weekend. As region runners-up up, both teams have earned the right to host their first-round matchups inside James A. Lunsford Gymnasium. The Baldwin girls will square off against Dougherty 4 p.m. Saturday and the boys will follow against Westover. Winners go on to the second round while the losers will call it a season. Admission to Saturday's game will be $10, a price set by the GHSA since it will be a playoff doubleheader.