BY PHILIP M. BOWMAN
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association has announced its all-state teams, and the Lowcountry is well represented.
Dekeiya Cohen of West Ashley is the Class AAAA girls' player of the year despite missing most of the season with a knee injury.
Cohen, considered to be one of the state's top five seniors and one of the nation's top 50 players before the season began, injured her knee in a game against Fort Dorchester in December. She injured the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee on a routine drive for a layup against the Patriots.
She played in seven games this winter for West Ashley, averaging 20.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game before the injury.
Cohen, who was The Post and Courier's female athlete of the year for the 2012-13 academic year, ended her prep career with 1,944 career points.
She averaged 26.7 points, 13 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.5 shots blocked per game last season to be named first team All-Lowcountry for the second straight year.
Cohen selected Baylor over South Carolina, Miami, Louisville and Georgia.
Deyja Brown, Colleton County; Makayla Dudley, Cane Bay; and Heather Chapman of Summerville join Cohen on the first team.
Americal Jenkins of Hilton Head is the lone local Class AAA selection. Kaydra Duckett of Dreher is the Class AAA player of the year.
Michele Boykin of Bishop England and Daisja Cannon of Battery Creek were named to the Class AA team. Jada Martin of Fairfield Central is the Class AA player of the year.
Dashan Magwood of Baptist Hill and Iesha Mitchell of St. John's were selected to the Class A team. Sade Eli of Timmonsville is the Class A player of the year.
Demetre Rivers, Dantez Bennamon, Goose Creek; Jamez Rogers, Wando; and Josh Jenkins of Summerville were the local players named to the Class AAAA boys' all-state team. L.J. Peake of Gaffney is the Class AAAA player of the year.
Brady Schuck of James Island and Rodney Keener of Hanahan were named to the Class AAA team. Tevin Mack of Dreher is the Class AAA player of the year.
B.J. Grevey of Bishop England and Tyre Moore of Academic Magnet were named to the Class AA team. Deion Holmes of Chesnee is the Class AA player of the year.
Christopher Harris of St. John's and Dawayne Gadis of Cross were named to the Class A team. Chris Turner of Denmark-Olar is the Class A player of the year.
The association also announced the teams for the Carolina All-Star Classic, which will be held March 20-22 in Myrtle Beach. The game features the top seniors from South Carolina against their counterparts in North Carolina.
Boykin of Bishop England will play for the Sandlapper girls.
Bennamon from Goose Creek and Rivers of Stratford will play for the Sandlapper boys.
Region 8-AAAA stars
Deyja Brown of Colleton County is the Region 8-AAAA girls' basketball player of the year, while Summerville's Matt Legare is coach of the year.
Brown averaged 19.4 points, 5.3 steals, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game for the Cougars, who went 17-6.
Legare led Summerville to its best season in years as the Wave went 19-7 and reached the Lower State championship.
Joining Brown on the first team are Heather Chapman and Zuri Green, Summerville; Alicia Williams, Colleton Prep; Shelby Daly, Ashley Ridge; Dynasty Mervin, Bluffton; and Jailah Melvin, Fort Dorchester.
Second team members include Baylor Davis, Bluffton, Ariel Glover and Kelly Cousins, Ashley Ridge; Alexis Robinson, Colleton County; Mattie Hibbs, Beaufort; Erika Cobb, Fort Dorchester; and Ashley Green, Summerville.
Tough loss, good year
The St. John's Christian Academy boys' basketball team suffered a devastating loss in the semifinals of the SCISA Class A tournament.
St. John's Christian led for the entire game against Laurens Academy, but lost when Matthew Urwich hit a 45-foot shot at the buzzer to sink SJCA 57-54.
Jalen Ward, Damian Hurta and Greg Gamble were the key seniors. Ward and Hurta played three years and Gamble two. The seniors played in two final fours and compiled 52 victories in three years.
Ward and Hurta both scored more than 1,000 points in their careers, while Gamble had more than 600 rebounds in just two years.