Rutherford County lands 8 on All-SMAC teams

Rachel Camp named POY and Larry Ross named COY
Mar. 11, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

With the high school basketball season coming to an end for the South Mountain Athletic Conference (SMAC), the conference announced its 2014 All-Conference team.

East Rutherford and R-S Central each landed two boys and two girls on their respective teams while East Rutherford’s Rachel Camp was named the female Player of the Year and her head coach, Larry Ross, was named the conference’s women’s Coach of the Year.

Ross led the Lady Cavaliers on a 22-game winning streak after starting the year 1-2. The Lady Cavs posted a 15-1 conference record and bowed out of the state playoffs after losing to Franklin, 80-76, in the Western Regional semifinals.

Joining Camp on the women’s All-SMAC team is fellow Cavalier Shay Dewberry and R-S Central Lady Hilltoppers Tia Bristol and Te’Ja Twitty.

Camp finished the regular season averaging over 27 points a game and set a new record for points scored (42) in a regional playoff game in East Rutherford’s loss to Franklin in the Western Region semifinal. Camp, Rutherford County’s all-time leading scorer, also surpassed 3,000 career points this season.

Dewberry averaged 11.3 points during her senior season at East Rutherford (23-2, 15-1 SMAC) en route to All-Conference honors.

Bristol and Twitty paced the Lady Hilltoppers (9-15, 6-10 SMAC) this season as Bristol averaged a double-double with 15.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and Twitty had a monstrous sophomore campaign averaging 19.5 points and 14.2 rebounds per game.

The East Rutherford boys (21-6, 13-3 SMAC) also made it to the Western Regional semifinals behind All-SMAC performers Devonte Boykins and Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez.

Boykins averaged 18.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game during his senior season while Waldroup-Rodriguez averaged 21.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest in his final season as a Cavalier.

R-S Central’s boys (13-11, 7-9 SMAC) exited the state playoffs in the first round but got stellar senior seasons from Rashaun Whitesides and Jay’len Hollis.

Whitesides averaged 17 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while Hollis wasn’t far behind with 16.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.



2013-14 SMAC Basketball Honors

Boys’ Player of the Year Gabe DeVoe Shelby

Girls’ Player of the Year Rachel Camp East Rutherford

Boys’ Coach of the Year Aubrey Hollifield Shelby

Girls’ Coach of the Year Larry Ross East Rutherford


2013-14 Girls’ SMAC All-Conference

Rachel Camp E. Rutherford

A’Dyiah Ussery Crest

Laura Arney E. Burke

Sydney Haas E. Burke

Shay Dewberry E. Rutherford

Monique Petty K. Mountain

Abby Robinson Draughn

Te’Ja Twitty R-S Central

Caleia Jones Crest

Taylor Little Shelby

Tia Bristol R-S Central

Tiffani Thompson K. Mountain


2013-14 Boys’ SMAC All-Conference

Gabe DeVoe Shelby

Devonte Boykins E. Rutherford

James Tillman K. Mountain

Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez E. Rutherford

Jerick Haynes Crest

Rashaun Whitesides R-S Central

Jay’len Hollis R-S Central

Josh Sherer K. Mountain

Mon’Darius Black Shelby

Alex Kelly E. Burke

Chris Montgomery Burns

Justin Foster Crest