The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 4, 2013

More honors for Clements’ Malone


From staff, wire reports

— MONTGOMERY — Clements High School’s DaNeshia “Lou Lou” Malone was named the Class 3A girls player of the year Thursday by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Malone, a 6-foot-1-inch center, is among the most decorated players in Limestone County basketball history. She is the reigning county and area player of the year, and was a 3A first-team All-State selection.

Malone averaged 21.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 6.2 blocks and 2.7 steals per game for the Colts during a 17-13 senior campaign.

She scored 3,446 points during her six-year varsity career, which included a state championship and an unprecedented five consecutive county tournament titles. Malone tops the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s career list for blocked shots with 771, and is second in career rebounds with 2,000.

In a pair of regular-season games against county archival Tanner, which advanced to the state Final Four, Malone amassed 66 points and 33 rebounds. She scored at least 30 points and blocked 10 shots or more in four games this season.

Madison Academy’s Josh Langford was among the association’s Boys Super 5. Others in the group included De’Runnya Wilson (Wenonah), Lewis Sullivan (Hazel Green), Jeremy Johnson (Carver-Montgomery) and Justin Coleman (Wenonah).

Alexis Jennings from Sparkman was named to the Girls Super 5 team, along with Jasmine Rhodes (Faith Academy), Shakayla Thomas (Sylacauga), Marqu’es Webb (Hoover) and Morgan William (Shades Valley).

De’Runnya Wilson and Marqu’es Webb received the state’s top high school basketball awards. The association named Wilson as Mr. Basketball and Webb as Miss Basketball.

Wilson, a Mississippi State football signee, is also the Class 5A Player of the Year. He led Wenonah to its third straight Class 5A state championship this season. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 18.4 points and 15.8 rebounds a game. Wilson scored 1,788 points and grabbed 1,671 rebounds in his career.

Webb, a Vanderbilt signee, averaged 15.1 points and 11 rebounds a game while leading the Bucs to their second straight Class 6A championship. The 6-foot-1 Webb scored 1,716 points and grabbed 1,591 rebounds in her career.

Boys Player of the Year

Class 6A Lewis Sullivan Hazel Green

Class 5A De’Runnya Wilson Wenonah

Class 4A William Lee Dallas County

Class 3A Josh Langford Madison Academy

Class 2A Alex Thompson Houston Academy

Class 1A Wesley Person Jr. Brantley

AISA Ant Holtzclaw Glenwood

Girls Player of the Year

Class 6A Marqu’es Webb Hoover

Class 5A Shakayla Thomas Sylacauga

Class 4A Destiney Elliott Oneonta

Class 3A DaNeshia Malone Clements

Class 2A Kristen Emerson Prattville Christian

Class 1A Anna Claire Noblit Covenant Christian

AISA Breanne DeBaets Lee-Scott