By Lee Davis
Spain Park’s comparatively young history perhaps has never seen a better girls’ basketball season than the one it enjoyed in 2013-14.
The Lady Jaguars compiled an impressive 26-8 record, won their region and advanced to the Class 6A Northeast Regional finals.
A big reason for Spain Park’s success was the play of junior guard Victoria Baldwin. She averaged 18 points and six rebounds per game and will enter her senior season as one of the most highly-regarded girls’ basketball players in Alabama.
With credentials like that, it’s no surprise that Baldwin was chosen as the 2013-14 Over the Mountain Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year by an exclusive poll of the eight head coaches of area schools that compete in Classes 6A and 5A.
The coaches also chose the 2013-14 All-Over the Mountain Girls’ Basketball Team and the Coach of the Year.
Spain Park’s Mike Chase was chosen as the year’s top coach.
“Any award that I receive is really for our girls,” Chase said. “It is a tribute to the hard work and effort they put into our season. Please give all the credit to them.”
Baldwin is joined on the unit by Jaguar teammate Key’sha Gordon.
Mountain Brook’s Collier Ogilvie was chosen for the All-Over the Mountain team for the fifth consecutive season, making her the first-ever five-time selection.
Other members of the All-Over the Mountain team include Molly McKenzie, Briarwood; Roni Richardson and Ify Ifediba, John Carroll Catholic; Hannah Barber and Alex Studdard, Homewood; Jada Smith, Hoover; Sara Carr and Mary Katherine Pinson, Mountain Brook; Christian McGowan, Madison Pierce and D’miyah Foster, Oak Mountain; and Peyton Blalock and Brittany Nkashama, Vestavia Hills.