Anderson, Pulliam split girls basketball POTY award
Published 12:23 pm Friday, March 10, 2023
By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer
Chilton County High School’s Iasia Anderson and Trinity Pulliam are The Clanton Advertiser’s girls basketball players of the year for the 2022-2023 season. The dominant duo helped lead CCHS to its most successful season ever in the girls basketball program winning a school record 23 games last season.
Iasia Anderson, Chilton County High School, So.
Anderson, a sophomore, has been on the varsity team since her seventh-grade year and had her best season last year leading the program to a 23-10 record in the 2022-2023 season.
“Iasia became more of a complete player this year as far her rebounds, her assists,” CCHS coach Rickey Pulliam said. “She grew up a lot, and this was her best year playing this year being an all-around player (rather) than just a scorer.”
The point guard averaged 18.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 8.8 steals per game last season. 8.1 assists and 8.8 steals was good enough to lead the state of Alabama in all classifications.
“Iasia brings the excitement,” Rickey Pulliam said. “She keeps the locker room alive, she is always playing or doing something funny.”
Anderson had 26 double-doubles, eight triple-doubles and four quadruple-doubles throughout the season, the most triple and quadruple-doubles in the county.
Trinity Pulliam, Chilton County High School, Sr.
Trinity Pulliam arrived at CCHS last year and changed the course of the program.
“Trinity really brought a lot to the program, and she brought an expectation when she came here to win and how to practice,” Rickey Pulliam said. “She brought something that we were missing from the program … Her leadership goes beyond what she does on the court, and she meant a lot to the program.”
Pulliam was tasked with setting the Tigers defense each possession, and she thrived in the role setting the Alabama state record for blocks in a single season with 322 and leading the state in that category.
Trinity Pulliam averaged 14.5 points, 17.4 rebounds, 10.1 blocks per game to average a triple-double for the season. She posted 29 double-doubles in 33 games that CCHS played.
Rickey Pulliam said he hopes what Trinity Pulliam and Anderson helped build this year will translate over for years to come at CCHS.
“Now, everyone has bought into what it takes to be a championship team,” Rickey Pulliam said. “We just want to make Chilton County a girls basketball school, and I think we have the players and people to do it.”
Anderson is back for her junior season next year while Trinity Pulliam will move on to the college ranks.
“Trinity is going to be hard to replace … We are going to miss her leadership,” Rickey Pulliam said. “Both are great players, and we were lucky to have them on the court at the same time.”
2022-2023 The Clanton Advertiser All-County Team
Iasia Anderson, Chilton County, So. (18.5 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 8.1 APG, 8.8 SPG)
Trinity Pulliam, Chilton County, Sr. (14.5 PPG, 17.4 RPG, 10.1 BPG, 2.6 SPG)
Ivyonna Varner, Chilton County, Fr. (7.4 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.3 SPG)
Ishunti Brown, Chilton County, So. (4.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.2 SPG)
Jaclyn Lowery, Jemison, Sr. (16 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 4.2 SPG, 3.1 APG)
Zariyah Johnson, Jemison, So. (12 PPG, 2.6 APG, 4.2 SPG)
Trinity Bean, Jemison, Fr. (8.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG)
Makinley Turner, Thorsby, Jr. (16.1 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 4.6 APG)
Amelia Fjeldstad, Isabella, Jr. (17 PPG)
Lexi Higgins, Isabella, Jr. (12 PPG)
Makayla Logan, Isabella, Jr. (10 PPG)
Avery Jones, Maplesville (4.9 PPG, 4 RPG)
Jaden McGee, Maplesville (5.6 APG, 5 RPG)
Kamylia Talley, Maplesville (10.5 PPG, 3 RPG)
Paris Battle, Verbena, Sr.
Gabrielle Waters, Verbena, Jr.
Malaysia White, Verbena, So.