5 girls players worthy of Miss Basketball award

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Here’s a look at five Nashville-area standouts who were on my Miss Basketball ballot. Michael Murphy

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With just more than a week remaining in the high school basketball regular season, there have been several Nashville-area standouts worthy of consideration for TSSAA Miss Basketball awards.

The Miss Basketball awards are considered regular-season awards, which are given to the top players in each of the TSSAA’s five classifications. All Tennessee high school basketball head coaches and members of the media can vote on the award.

Here’s a look at five players who were on my ballot:

Riley Casey

Franklin Road Academy (DII-A)
Basics:
5-5, Sr., PG
College plans: Signed with Columbia
Season statistics: 20.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4 assists per game

Why chosen: Casey has been among the state‘s most dangerous 3-point shooters this season, sinking 42.1 percent of her shots beyond the arc.

Sydni Harvey

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Brentwood Academy junior Sydni Harvey (Photo: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

Brentwood Academy (DII-AA)
Basics: 5-7, Jr., PG
College plans: Offers from Austin Peay, Chattanooga, Belmont, Toledo and TSU
Season statistics: 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 steals per game

Why chosen: Harvey, a four-year starter and two-time Miss Basketball finalist, is averaging a team-high 16.3 points for the three-time defending Division II-AA state champion Lady Eagles.

Anastasia Hayes

Riverdale senior Anastasia Hayes (3) (Photo: Caitie Mcmekin / Knoxville News Sentinel)

Riverdale (Class AAA)
Basics:
5-7, Sr., PG
College plans: Signed with Tennessee
Season statistics: 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.8 steals per game

Why chosen: Hayes, a McDonald‘s All-American, has led the unbeaten Lady Warriors to a No. 1 ranking in the USA Today Super 25.

Erica Haynes-Overton

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East Nashville senior Erica Haynes-Overton (Photo: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

East Nashville (Class AA)
Basics:
5-9, Sr., F
College plans: Signed with ETSU
Season statistics: 23.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 8.9 steals per game

Why chosen: Defending state champion East Nashville was dealt a huge blow with Kaia Upton’s season-ending ACL injury, but Haynes-Overton has done her part, averaging close to a triple-double for the sixth-ranked Lady Eagles.

Akira Levy

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Upperman junior Akira Levy (Photo: Shelley Mays / The Tennessean)

Upperman (Class AA)
Basics:
5-7, Jr., PG
College plans: Committed to Western Kentucky
Season statistics: 20.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 3.5 steals per game

Why chosen: Levy, a Miss Basketball finalist from a season ago, has averaged an impressive 20.8 point and 6.5 assists for the second-ranked Lady Bees.

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