White County High School junior Dasha Cannon picked up a big honor last week as she was named to The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's All-State team.
Cannon is the first WCHS basketball player to earn All-State recognition since Whit Mauney was named to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution Class AAAA boy's team honorable mention list in 2016.
Cannon earned a spot on the Class AAAA North squad after helping lead the Lady Warriors to a runner-up spot in the Region 7-AAAA tournament and a trip to the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
Cannon, an All-Region selection, has been a key component of the Lady Warriors' three consecutive trips to the state playoffs.
“She had a great year, she just gets better and better every year,” WCHS head coach Jarvis Davenport said.
Cannon was productive on both ends of the floor this season, leading the team in almost every statistical category except rebounding. She led the team in points, assists, shooting percentage, charges takes, and deflections.
“She shot 50 percent the field and 30 percent from the 3-point line.” Davenport said. “She had a 1.4 assist to turnover ratio which is really good, and led us in charges taken and deflections. She did it all for us this year.”
Cannon filled up the stat chart, but Davenport said the measurable stats aren't the only thing she brings to the game.
“She's all about the team, she's not worried about scoring or her stats, she just wants to help the team win,” Davenport said. “She's a once in a generation talent, but she's very humble and she works hard. The sky is the limit for her and we're excited to see how much better she can get.”
Cannon was joined on the GACA North team by two other players from 7-AAAA - Flowery Branch's Ashley Locke and Marist's Tyler Brazle. Sandy Creek's Daija Powell was the named the Class AAAA North Player of the Year, while Mykenze Weaver (Pickens County), Kayla McPherson (Madison County), Amber Gilbert (Troup), Julia Peroni (Oconee County), Tionna Baker (Northwest Whitfield), Wylie Sheridan (St. Pius), Jania Hodges (Sandy Creek), Elly Callihan (Gilmer County) and Ranajah Verdell (Stephens County) filled out the rest of the North team.
On the boys' side, five players from Region 7-AAAA made the the All-State team – Denmark's Robert Cowherd, Sutton Smith, and Adonis Tolbert, Marist's Cody Gaynes, and Blessed Trinity's Jax Bouknight.
Sandy Creek's Jabari Smith was the North Player of the Year, with Madison County's Adam Metts, LaFayette's Aidan Hathaway, Northwest Whitfield's Blane Green, St. Pius' Brookes Kahlert, North Oconee's Dylan Garrington, Chapel Hills' Micah Bell, and Sandy Creek's Deshon Proctor finishing off the roster.