Valdosta Daily Times

April 8, 2014

Lowndes’ Brown, Cook’s Foster earn All-State recognition

Samuel D. Logan
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — For the second straight year, Tashia Brown has been recognized as one of the top basketball players in the state.

Last week, the Georgia Sports Writers Association unveiled its 2014 All-State basketball teams and the Lowndes standout was named a second-team selection in Class AAAAAA for the second consecutive season. She wasn’t alone, though, as Cook’s Elesha Foster was a second-team choice in Class AA as well.

Brown, a senior at Lowndes, is a 5-foot11 powerhouse, leading the Vikettes to a state semifinal appearance this past season.

“She’s one of those players that you don’t see very often and she's extremely tough and skilled,” Lowndes coach Brittany Ferguson said. “Something that doesn’t get said about her enough is that she is a smart player on the court.”

Brown averaged 22.6 points per game in her senior season along with eight rebounds. The Western Kentucky signee also earned first team all-region honors, in addition to the Offensive Player of the Year award for Region 1-AAAAA.

“To have her as a point guard on the floor this season, was a major reason our team made it to the final four,” Ferguson said. “She wasn’t very vocal, but was always a leader by example.”

Foster, also a senior, stands 5-11 and displayed the essence of a balanced player on the court. Foster scored 17.6 points per game and tacked on an average of 10 rebounds per contest. Foster also helped her team at the free throw line, making 66 percent.