Main Street Preps: Droz and Hart named to All-County Team

White House High School sophomore Avery Droz and junior Chloe Hart were named to the 2020-21 Main Street Preps All-Sumner County Team at the end of the season.

Droz was selected as a third team guard for the Lady Devils, helping lead the team to a 15-15 season and berth in the Region 5-AA quarterfinals before losing to East Nashville. White House finished fourth in District 9-AA and hosted a home game in the district tournament, defeating White House Heritage in overtime.

Droz averaged 8.5 points per game and shot 37 percent, grabbing 3.3 rebounds per game and finishing with 1.4 assists and 3.1 steals or deflections per game.

Hart, who was named an All-District Defensive Team member, was selected Honorable Mention All-County after scoring 6.9 points per game and pulling down 4.3 rebounds. Hart had 1.2 assists per game and totaled 3.0 steals and deflections per contest.

Congratulations to Avery and Chloe for postseason honors! For the full article below from Main Street Preps, keep reading.

By Zach Womble for The Gallatin News

Following the end of the 2020-21 basketball season in Sumner County, the time has come for us at Main Street Preps to name our All-County teams.

The All-County teams consist of three teams, plus honorable mention. The four teams are stacked with six players each, and I contest all four would give any county a run for its money.

Highlighting this year’s All-County selections is Westmoreland junior Alana Eakle, who was named Player of the Year.

Eakle led Westmoreland to a 23-4 record and the District 9-AA regular season and tournament championship.

Other superlative awards were given to Jada Jones (Most Improved), Janaya Newsom (Defensive Player of the Year), Riley Long (6th Woman of the Year), Kelli Reed (Coach of the Year), Jeryn Jarrett (Student-Athlete of the Year) and Westmoreland High School (Team of the Year).

The Main Street Preps All-Sumner County basketball teams consist of all nine Sumner County High Schools – Beech, Gallatin, Hendersonville, JPII, Merrol Hyde, Portland, Station Camp, Westmoreland and White House.

Congratulations to all the players selected to the All-County teams.

Player of the Year: Alana Eakle, Westmoreland

Why chosen: When speaking with coaches across the county, there was no one better for their team than Alana Eakle. Eakle won District 9-AA MVP, Tournament MVP, Region 5-AA All-Region and was selected to the All-State team. The junior averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block per-game this season.

Most Improved: Jada Jones, Beech High School

Why chosen: Jada Jones burst onto the scene in Sumner County this season with her play, helping lead Beech to the district tournament championship game. Jones averaged 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals per game for Beech this season.

Defensive Player of the Year: Janaya Newsom, Gallatin High School

Why chosen: When playing Gallatin this season, it was hard to not notice guard Janaya Newsom. The quick guard quickly became a nightmare for opposing guards this season, often picking up the opposing team’s best player and locking them down while on the court. Newsom’s ability to change the game on the defensive end of the floor catapulted Gallatin to a second place finish during the regular season in District 9-AAA.

6th Woman of the Year: Riley Long, Beech High School

Why chosen: Riley Long came on strong to end the season for the Lady Bucs and played no bigger game this season than their win over Clarksville in the Region 5-AAA quarterfinal round; scoring 19 points. Off the bench, Long gave the Lady Bucs a great lift when Laci Walmer needed a breather.

Coach of the Year: Kelli Reed, Hendersonville High School

Why chosen: This season Hendersonville girls basketball program became a force to be reckoned with. They may not have advanced in the post season, but there is no denying the coaching job Kelli Reed did to get her girls to the point of competing in every game during the 2020-21 season.

Team of the Year: Westmoreland High School

Why chosen: Westmoreland could have very easily played for the Region 5-AA title this season, but a bad draw in the semifinal round ended their year premature. Still, Westmoreland was the best team in the county this season, beating Gallatin and Station Camp. The Lady Eagles end the season 23-4 and champions of District 9-AA.

Student-Athlete of the Year: Jeryn Jarrett, Hendersonville High School

Why chosen: Jarrett carries a 4.0 GPA taking all honors classes and is Student Council President. She also serves as FCA President and was given the Hendersonville Lady Commando Team Leadership Award.

First Team

Bri Ellis, Beech High School

Marisa Wirtz, Station Camp

Emma Wright, Westmoreland

Keonna Chumbley, JPII

Jeremia Montgomery, Gallatin

Laci Walmer, Beech

Second Team

Anna Creasy, Westmoreland

Brette Taylor, Hendersonville

A’Niya Boone, Gallatin

Leanna Pearson, JPII

Lillie Whitehead, Portland

Arielle Everett, Station Camp

Third Team

Je’Leah Cole, Gallatin

Jordan Bandy, Westmoreland

Olivia Short, Merrol Hyde

Lillie Van Metre, JPII

Avery Droz, White House

Natasia Jones, Beech

Honorable Mention

Lindsey Alridge, Hendersonville

Joslin Bowser, Merrol Hyde

Eme Loza, Portland

Chloe Hart, White House

Katie Shea Collins, JPII

Lexie Williams, Portland

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