Ouachita County saw a huge boost on the court this high school basketball season from the three local teams. The Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals, Harmony Grove Lady Hornets and the Bearden Lady Bears each exceeded expectations.
Many players at all three schools helped win games, playing well night-in and night-out.
The Camden News has created a First-Team and Second-Team All-Team comprised of Camden Fairview, Harmony Grove and Bearden's girls basketball players. Three players earned individual honors such as the MVP award, the most outstanding sophomore award and a best all-around award.
Girls First-Team All-County
Guard: Amiyah Davis – Camden Fairview (Senior)
Guard: Eliza Taylor – Harmony Grove (Sophomore)
Guard: Kailee Riggs – Harmony Grove (Senior)
Forward: Karmen Johnson – Camden Fairview (Senior)
Froward: D'Mya Flint – Bearden (Senior)
Guard: Alivia Lindsey – Harmony Grove (Senior)
Guard: Ja'Kyree Spencer – Camden Fairvew (Senior)
Guard: Abbie Avant – Bearden (Junior)
Forward: Aaliyah McDaniel – Bearden (Sophomore)
Forward: Azaria Ross – Bearden (Sophomore)
MVP: D'Mya Flint (Bearden)
Top Sophomore: Eliza Taylor (Harmony Grove)
Best All-Round: Karmen Johnson (Camden Fairview)
Bearden's D'Mya Flint was one of the most consistent playmakers on both ends of the court throughout the season. Offensively, she can drive to the basket, account for rebounds on both ends of the court, create blocks in the paint and even set her teammates up for shots. Flint averaged 15 points per game this season for the Lady Bears as she also led the team in rebounds.
In one of her biggest games last season, Flint accounted for 17 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and a block in the Lady Bears' 65-46 win over Strong. Another dominating performance came in their 63-48 win over Hermitage. Flint scored 14 points, shooting 7-of-11 in field goals as well as accounting for 20 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Harmony Grove's Eliza Taylor saw her role increase throughout the season and she ultimately became a full-time starter this season. She is a dynamic offensive scorer as she can drive to the basket, create her own mid-range shots and make solid three-pointers. She is also tenacious at getting rebounds.
In the Lady Hornets' 58-31 district tournament win over Smackover, Taylor scored 28 points, shooting 10-of-20 in field goals and 2-of-4 from the three-point arc. She also accounted for 10 rebounds and three steals. In the 42-28 win over DeWitt, Taylor accounted for 18 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, three assists and one block.
Camden Fariview's Karmen Johnson has a tremendous player in her time as a starter for the Lady Cardinals. Her size, athleticism and toughness made her a unique and highly efficient playmaker.