Following his second state title in four seasons, Hawthorne girls basketball coach Cornelius Ingram has been named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A Coach of the Year.
Ingram, who was selected the Class 1A football COY after leading the Hornets to their first football state title in program history in December, topped state runner-up Wildwood’s Vincent Brown in total points, 100-78, to win the award.
Hawthorne defeated Wildwood, 42-38, on Feb. 24 to win the Class 1A state title.
Meanwhile, the Hornets had a couple of players who finished in the top three for the 1A Player of the Year.
Wildwood’s Trinidy Harris was recognized as the POY, with Hawthorne senior Jaz’lyn Jackson finishing second and sophomore De’Mya Adams, who scored a team-high 18 points in the state championship game against Wildwood, finishing third in the voting.
Jackson was second on the team in scoring with 16.5 points per game, but she averaged a double-double and was also second on the team with 10.2 rebounds per game.
Adams led the Hornets (15-5) in scoring (18.8 ppg) and assists (4.0).
Every finalist was the leading vote-getter in their classification, making each one the Player of the Year or Coach of the Year in their class. The two winners will be announced following a final round of balloting by coaches and media.
The seven finalists for the 2023 Miss Basketball Award:
Trinity Turner, Dr. Phillips, Junior, Guard, Class 7A Player of the Year
The 2022 Class 7A Player of the Year led her team to its second straight state title, averaging 20.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 4.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
Kaylah Turner, Oakleaf, Senior, Guard/Forward, Class 6A Player of the Year
Led her team to the Class 6A Final Four by averaging 22.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 5.7 steals per game. Signed with Alabama A&M.
Anovia Sheals, Mainland, Junior, Forward, Class 5A Player of the Year
Led her team to the Class 5A state title averaging 19.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
Emma Risch, Palm Bay, Senior, Guard, Class 4A Player of the Year
Led her team to the regional finals by averaging 23.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.9 steals per game. Signed with the University of Notre Dame.
Janessa Williams, King’s Academy, Senior, Forward, Class 3A Player of the Year
Led her team to the state Final Four by averaging 16.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Signed with Long Island University.
Taliah Scott, St. Johns Country Day, Senior, Guard, Class 2A Player of the Year
The 2022 Class 2A POY led her team to the state Final Four by averaging 36.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game. The McDonald’s All-America signed with the University of Arkansas.
Trinidy Harris, Wildwood, Sophomore, Class 1A Player of the Year
Led her team to a Class 1A state runner-up finish by averaging 22.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 4.2 steals per game.
The seven finalists for the 2023 Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year:
Anthony Jones, Dr. Phillips, Class 7A Coach of the Year
Led his team to a 30-1 record and its second straight Class 7A state title. In 15 years at Dr. Phillips, Jones has compiled a 300-133 record with five state championships (2011-13 and 2022-23).
Oliver Berens, St. Thomas Aquinas, Class 6A Coach of the Year
In his sixth year as head coach at Aquinas, Berens led his team to a 24-8 record and its third straight Class 6A state title. He has a record of 126-40 at Aquinas with a state runner-up finish in 2019.
Brandon Stewart, Mainland, Class 5A Coach of the Year
Led his squad to a 21-8 record and the Class 5A state championship, ending American Heritage’s five-year title run. In four years at Mainland, Stewart has posted a 68-33 record.
Al Honor, Lake Highland Prep, Class 4A Coach of the Year
The 2022 state Coach of the Year led his squad to a 25-6 record and a fourth straight Class 4A state title.
In 12 years at LHP, he has a 293-37 record with six state championships and eight Final Four appearances.
Ochiel Swaby, Miami Country Day, Class 3A Coach of the Year
The two-time state Coach of the Year led his squad to a 25-7 record and the Class 3A state title. In 19 years at MCD, Swaby has compiled a 424-122 record with eight state championships.
Andy Sarasty, Faith Christian, Class 2A Coach of the Year
The school’s boys’ basketball coach added the girls’ coaching job in the preseason and led the team to a 16-11 record and the school’s first state title after it finished as the 2022 state runnerup.
Cornelius Ingram, Hawthorne, Class 1A Coach of the Year
Ingram, who coach the school’s football team to its first state title last fall, led his basketball squad to its second state title in the past four years (2020). In six years he has compiled a 115-32 record.