Sha’Kayla Caples, Trinity Valley Community College’s high-scoring guard, was voted Most Valuable Player of Region XIV women’s basketball, league officials announced.

Voting was by the region’s coaches.

Tyler Junior College sophomore Markisha Hawkins earned first-team all-region honors. Hawkins, a 5-8 guard from North Little Rock, Ark., averaged 15.3 points a game for the Apache Ladies, who finished second in both the regular season and postseason tournaments.

TVCC co-head coaches, Michael and Kenya Landers, were named Coaches of the Year after leading the Lady Cardinals to a 32-0 regular season record.

The Lady Cardinals won Region XIV regular season and postseason titles; and will compete in the NJCAA National Women’s Basketball Tournament beginning Tuesday in Salina, Kan.

It was the second straight year for Caples, of Vicksburg, Miss., to be named MVP. The 5-11 sophomore averaged 19.4 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Also, Lon Morris College’s Byronesha Santiago was named Freshman of the Year. Santiago, a 6-2 freshman post from Ruston, La., averaged 15.5 points per game.

Joining Hawkins, Caples and Santiago on the first team were Kilgore College’s Aundrea Gamble (5-9 freshman from Paris) and Bianca McGee (5-7 sophomore from Michigan City, Ind.), San Jacinto’s Jessica Hines (5-8 freshman guard from Humble), Angelina’s Carlisha Wyatt (5-11 sophomore center from Bryan) and Brittany Jefferson (5-8 sophomore guard from Leggett), and Blinn’s Shaniqua Dogins (5-11 freshman forward from Eagle Lake).

Hawkins also made All-Texas Eastern Conference, along with teammates Erica House (6-1 sophomore guard from Hot Springs, Ark.) and Cecilia Okoye (6-1 sophomore forward from Mansfield).

TJC’s Ashley Benjamin (5-9 sophomore forward from Houston) earned honorable mention.

2011-12 All-Region XIV Team

Most Valuable Player — Sha’Kayla Caples, Trinity Valley Community College

Freshman of the Year — Byronesha Santiago, Lon Morris College

Coaches of the Year — Michael and Kenya Landers, Trinity Valley Community College

All-Region

Keuna Flax, Trinity Valley Community College

Sha’Kayla Caples, Trinity Valley Community College

Markisha Hawkins, Tyler Junior College

Jessica Hines, San Jacinto College

Aundrea Gamble, Kilgore College

Carlisha Wyatt, Angelina College

Byronesha Santiago, Lon Morris College

Shaniqua Dogins, Blinn College

Brittany Jefferson, Angelina College

Bianca McGee, Kilgore College

All-Texas Eastern Conference

Keuna Flax, Trinity Valley Community College

Sha’Kayla Caples, Trinity Valley Community College

Markisha Hawkins, Tyler Junior College

Jessica Hines, San Jacinto College

Aundrea Gamble, Kilgore College

Carlisha Wyatt, Angelina College

Byronesha Santiago, Lon Morris College

Shaniqua Dogins, Blinn College

Brittany Jefferson, Angelina College

Bianca McGee,Kilgore College

Jenea Barrett, Trinity Valley Community College

Erica House, Tyler Junior College

Oditte Odisho, Panola College

Miki Turner, Blinn College

Cecilia Okoye, Tyler Junior College

Honorable Mention

Ashley Benjamin, Tyler Junior College

Yasmeen Thompson, Paris Junior College

Breanna Lewis, Trinity Valley Community College

Denise White, Blinn College

Bianca Hanna, Paris Junior College

Arianna James, Lon Morris College

Kiera Oby, Paris Junior College

Dominique Edwards, Lon Morris College

Demetria Foreman, Lon Morris College

Alice Robinson, Trinity Valley Community College

Chikilra Goodman, Paris Junior College

Starr Breedlove, Trinity Valley Community College

Chastity Taylor, Panola College

Beranna Burford, Jacksonville College

Diamond Webb, Angelina College

Valencia White, Blinn College

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