Oakman and Carbon Hill have battled for area and county basketball titles over the last two season.It’s only fitting that each team is represented with an …
It’s only fitting that each team is represented with an Eagle Elite Player of the Year winner this season.
Oakman’s Heather Thompson helped lead the Wildcats to their first Walker County Basketball Tournament title in more than a decade while Carbon Hill’s Molly Kate Atkins guided the Bulldogs to the Northwest Regional Tournament in Hanceville.
Thompson and Atkins are Co-Players of the Year.
Thompson, the Walker County Tournament MVP, averaged 13.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 4.7 steals per game for an Oakman team that finished 16-13, losing to Carbon Hill in the area tournament.
The senior guard had a pair of 25-point games this season, in wins over Oak Grove and Guntersville. She had four double-doubles on the season, with three of those coming with double-digit assists.
She also topped the 1,000-point mark for her high school career this season.
“Heather is a remarkable young lady. She has a great rapport with her teammates on and off the court,” Oakman coach MaKenzie Burgett said. “She is a leader in more ways than just athleticism. She has accomplished much in her four years, and if you asked her how she has been able to do so, she would tell you it was with the help of her teammates.
“She has successfully led the team in overall points this year, as well as the two previous years. I am so proud to have been able to coach this amazing young lady. She has truly made me proud.”
Atkins shook off a slow start to the season with a strong finish. She averaged 14 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.3 steals per game.
The junior guard was particularly effective from the 3-point arc, making 90 threes on the season, including two games with seven.
Atkins also topped the 1,000 career points mark this season.
“Molly is such a pure shooter. I have had a handful of kids over the years that could really shoot the ball, with (Caroline) Dodd, (Savanna) Lawson, (Abby) Tittle and (Katie) Moore — all of them scored 1000 or more career points — but Molly has the most polished shot of any of them,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said.
“It took her a little while to understand how I wanted her to attack off of a ball screen, but once she did, it made her not only a better player offensively, but helped her teammates as well. She was attacking the basket, making the 15-footer, and if the defender would go under the screen, she would pop the 3-pointer.” ——— 2018 Eagle Elite
Carbon Hill: Molly Kate Atkins
Oakman: Heather Thompson
Dora: Deja Pendleton
Winston County: Saige Blanton
Corner: Jiselle Woodson
Curry: Abbey Moon
Carbon Hill: Lacey Evans
Oakman: Iyana Canada
Dora: Zaharia Hubbard
Meek: Emma Fincher
Jasper: Alex Oliver
Addison: Macey Butler
Sumiton Christian: Bellah Machen
Addison: Destiny Walker
Carbon Hill: Abby Martin
Cordova: Mary Grayson Kilpatrick
Dora: Kera James
Meek: Jayden Waldrep and Sevanna Banks
Oakman: Chante Williams
Winston County: Hannah Alexander and Mackenzie Blackwood