Knight time

Published 2:25 pm Thursday, February 14, 2019

Buckingham earns top honors

Buckingham County High School’s varsity girls basketball team headlined the 2018-19 All-James River District girls basketball accolades, as Lady Knights senior guard Jayda Chambers was named Player of the Year and Head Coach Kelly Chambers was named Coach of the Year.

Poised to begin play in the Region 2C playoffs as the No. 2 seed, the Lady Knights (18-4) are fresh off winning the district tournament and regular season titles.

Reacting to her top player honor in addition to the team’s accomplishments, Jayda Chambers said, “It means everything. I worked hard for this, and it finally paid off, and it’s just been a great senior year for me so far.”

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Coach Chambers is in her third season leading the Lady Knights and was pleased to earn the coaching honor.

“It was a very rewarding feeling for the sacrifices and the time that we’ve put into the program since we started three years ago, and to be able to come out this year and win the district title and to have the Player of the Year and the tournament title and then the Coach of the Year, it meant a lot,” she said. “The work that we had done finally paid off.”

Her daughter, Jayda Chambers, averaged 16.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.9 steals per game and made the all-district first team along with senior point guard Shamari Wingfield.

“I felt they deserved it, and they definitely should have made first team with what they have brought to the team in getting us to the point where we’re at right now,” Coach Chambers said.

Wingfield averaged 7.4 points, 2.4 assists, two rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Prince Edward County High School was represented on the first team by senior point guard Da’Mya Harris and senior center Madison Lehman.

This was Harris’ fourth district honor and third time on the first team. She averaged 18.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game.

Lehman, who made the all-district second team last season, averaged 9.4 points and six rebounds per game.

Cumberland County High School junior forward Sade’ Gregory made the first team, averaging 12 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two assists per game.

Making the second team this season were Lady Dukes junior guard Nikki Hurt and Lady Eagles junior guard Ke’Mya Rux.