Armstrong named Miss Georgia Basketball again

One of the state's most decorated high school athletes added another honor Tuesday.

Wesleyan senior Anne Marie Armstrong was named Miss Georgia Basketball, earning the Atlanta Tipoff Club's honor for the state's best girls player for the second straight season. Georgia Tech signee Derrick Favors of South Atlanta was Mr. Georgia Basketball.

The Georgia signee - who joins Collins Hill's Maya Moore and Gainesville's Tasha Humphrey as the only repeat winners of Miss Georgia Basketball - helped Wesleyan to the Class A state championship this season. It was the Wolves' second straight title and fifth in the past six seasons.

Armstrong, despite a nagging knee injury that forced her to miss four late-season games, averaged 18.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.0 blocks. She will have minor knee surgery soon that shouldn't affect her freshman season at Georgia.

Wesleyan coach Jan Azar, who won her sixth state championship at the Norcross private school, was selected as the metro Atlanta girls coach of the year. Azar boasts a 293-71 record in 12 seasons at Wesleyan.

In addition to Armstrong, a total of 15 Gwinnett area basketball players were honored on the club's boys and girls teams of the year.

Greater Atlanta Christian's Trent Wiedeman, South Gwinnett's Mario Vasser, Collins Hill's Jeremy Olsen, Norcross' Taariq Muhammad and Loganville's Tyler Gunnett were selected to the boys team.

The 10 local players named to the girls team of the year were Buford's Blanche Alverson and Andraya Carter, Norcross' Tiffany Clarke, Parkview's Lauren Coleman, Wesleyan's Erin Hall, Berkmar's Brittany McDonald, GAC's Chaney Means, Mill Creek's Moneshia Simmons, Duluth's Mykala Walker and Winder-Barrow's Mimi Hill.

The award winners will be honored March 23 with a banquet at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.