As a result of helping the Lady Lakers record a perfect regular season (26-0), senior guard Drameka Griggs was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, which made her the first Clayton State player to receive the honor.
“It would be very easy for me to take all the credit but without my teammates none of it would be possible,” said Griggs, the team’s leading scorer. “They make it easy for me and I’m really excited but I kind of saw it coming. I’m very appreciative of it and definitely blessed.”
“I’m really happy for her,” Kayla Mobley said. “That is a great accomplishment and I really feel she deserves it. She has been working hard. She really contributes to our team. When she gets out there she puts up the numbers. She is a big part of what we do. She deserved that title.”
Also a senior but a forward in the lineup, Mobley was also named to the All-Conference team along with Griggs.
“It’s an honor they felt like I worked hard enough to be selected for one of the All-Conference teams,” said Mobley, who leads the team in rebounding. “I’m really happy. It’s a good feeling to know that you are getting noticed out there.”
Junior center Shacamra Jackson was also named to the All-Conference team and due to her shot-blocking ability Jackson kept the title of PBC Defensive Player of the Year in the family for the third consecutive season.
(Tanisha Woodard won the award the last two campaigns.)
“I was shocked,” Jackson said. “I know I can play good defense but I didn’t think it would be the best to be named Defensive Player of the Year. It actually is an honor because it’s a lot of good players out there.”
On the other hand, guard Kayla Pryce brought the Freshman of the Year award back to Clayton State, becoming the first player to hold the title since Apryl Brown in 2002.
“I was shocked,” Pryce said. “I definitely worked hard. It’s an honor because there are other good freshmen too.”
“Each person who got an award deserved it because they all worked very hard and contributed to the team,” Jackson said.
On the men’s side, senior Juron Dobbs was named PBC Defensive Player of the Year.