This is the second consecutive year that Brown, a 5-foot-7 guard and Samford University signee, was named a Class 4A finalist.
"It means a lot to me. The Player of the Year, that's a big award," Brown said. "I just thank God for the opportunity to be able to play this sport and the ability he gave me to win this award. It means a lot to go out with this award, because last year I came and didn't get it, so me being a senior, it means a lot."
Brown is the program's all-time leading scorer, and amassed more than 2,300 points in her career - playing two years of varsity at Hillcrest and three years at Sipsey Valley, all under coach Jerome Elliott.
She led the Bears to back-to-back regional championships, and a trip to the state finals this season. She averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists during Sipsey Valley's 28-6 campaign.
"I've known her forever, and it's just really exciting and maybe a little bit of a consolation," Elliott said. "We really wanted a state championship for her, because she has contributed to much to our program, and for her to be named Player of the Year in Class 4A this year, is somewhat a consolation for the state championship. She is always going to be a part of whatever state championship we hopefully are able to win, because she has set the groundwork and the foundation for the program we now have at Sipsey Valley."
Bibb County senior Brandon Rutledge was a finalist for the Class 4A Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year, but Westminster-Hunstville's Trey Petty grabbed the top honor. Rutledge, a 6-foot-8 forward, helped lead the Choctaws to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances this season. He finished with 1,057 career points, 677 career rebounds and 488 career blocks.
"It means a lot. It means I have done a lot of things to improve myself, and people are starting to recognize how I play and how I do things," Rutledge said. "It really helped me figure out what I want to do and how I want to do things, like how I want to get better. There were a lot of good players here, and I was honored to be among them."
Jeff Davis senior Jasmine Walker was named Miss Basketball, and J.O. Johnson junior John Petty was named Mr. Basketball.
Walker, a 6-foot-3 forward and Florida State University signee, averaged 19 points and 8.5 rebounds to lead the Vols to a second consecutive Class 7A state championship.
Petty, a 6-foot-6 guard, averaged 18.9 points and seven rebounds, and led the Jaguars to their second straight Class 5A title in the school's final year. It will reopen in the fall as Mae Jemison High.
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