Herald All-Area | 2013-14 girls basketball team

April 19, 2014 

Emily Bulfin, sr., Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: A repeat honoree and one of the best 3-point shooters in the history of the Lakewood Ranch girls program, Bulfin averaged 13.4 points per game with 49 treys and drained 106 3-pointers the past two seasons. Last season, she scored in double figures in 16 games and had seven games of at least 20 points with a season high of 33. Finished career with 1,099 points to rank second all time in the girls program.

Fast fact: Her favorite subject is math because she says it comes easy to her. In her spare time, she plays the saxophone and the wind ensemble and has been playing in a jazz band for seven years.

Up next: Bulfin will attend UCF and concentrate on academics. She hopes to work in the medical field someday.

Jermisha Collins, jr., Palmetto

To her credit: A repeat honoree, the junior guard led Palmetto with 21.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game and in steals with 87. A ball hawk, she has 155 steals the past two seasons. With 1,398 points, she has already established herself as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Palmetto girls program.

Fast fact: Collins comes from an athletic family that includes her mother, Kilstron, who ran track for Manatee High, and uncle Deshane Collins, who was a running back for Manatee. She likes to play the drums and is one of the most versatile members of the Palmetto track team.

Up next: Jermisha continues to work on improving her game so she can play at a high-level college and plans to play travel ball this summer.

Bevin Mays, sr., Southeast

To her credit: A versatile player with exceptional defensive skills, the 5-foot-9 guard was among the team leaders in numerous categories. She averaged 11.8 points, 3.2 steals, 2.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Mays scored in double figures in 18 of 31 games and had six games of 19-plus points. She led the team from the free-throw line (76 percent) and was third with 92 steals.

Fast fact: Mays would like to be a mortician and own her own funeral home, saying, "It's something I would never get bored with." Her favorite subject is English because she likes to explore different things about her language.

Up next: Mays wants to play college basketball and says Hillsborough Community College is a strong possibility. She also wants to concentrate on raising her daughter, Lyanna.

Keshawna Robinson, sr., Southeast

To her credit: Robinson was named the Class 5A state tournament MVP with a combined 32 points and 17 rebounds in two games while knocking down 14 of 17 from the free-throw line. For the season, she averaged 14.4 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds and had eight double-doubles.

Fast fact: Her favorite subject is American history. She wants to be a nurse because she enjoys helping others. It's no surprise her favorite thing to do on the basketball court is rebound. Her aunt was the late Southeast legend Olivia Bradley.

Up next: Robinson has signed with Eastern State College (formerly Brevard CC).

LaDazhia Williams, frosh., Lakewood Ranch

To her credit: Williams led the Mustangs with 15.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Her 454 points is a program record for a freshman. She shot 61 percent from the field and 55 percent from the free-throw line and scored in double figures in all but four games with high of 27 against Riverview and Clearwater in region quarterfinal. Williams grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds and scored 24 points in district tournament final loss to Sarasota.

Fast fact: The 6-foot-3, 15-year-old is the first person from her family to play basketball. Her favorite subject is math, and she hopes someday to work as a computer hardware engineer. The thing she likes to do most on the court is block shots and score.

Up next: This summer, Williams plans to play for her traveling team, Next Level Hoops coached by Tina Hadley, head coach at Lakewood Ranch. She wants to play in college and is on course to become the career scoring leader for the Lakewood Ranch girls program.

Honorable mention

BRADENTON CHRISTIAN -- Katie Swaagman, jr.; Sophie Giardina, 8th.

BRADEN RIVER -- Kelly Logan, sr.

CARDINAL MOONEY -- Jacqueline Kulle, frosh.

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Kailyn Scully, soph.

OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY -- Lisa Hoffman, jr.

PALMETTO -- Tina Stephens, frosh.

SOUTHEAST -- Janelle Gould, sr.

-- Capsules by Alan Dell, Herald sports writer

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