Kaylee Sticker is a special talent. Dawson County has had plenty of those roll through in recent years. From Carly Gilreath [Anglin], Sheyenne Seabolt, Ashley Parker, Karlie Bearden, and now Kaylee, the Lady Tigers and coach Steve Sweat have seemingly always had that next-level player. All of those listed scored well over 1,000 career points. Sticker went far beyond. From the time she was a freshman and starting, to the recent Elite 8 loss on the road to end her career, Sticker was a floor general and a hybrid player who could play any and every position.
Her 2018-19 season was nothing short of outstanding, as she made the talent around her even better. For her efforts, Sticker, a Clemson signee, was voted BLITZ Player of the Year.
2018-19 By the Numbers
- 19.6 PTS, 6.2 REB, 2.7 AST, 2.5 STL, 1.1 BLK
- 4 30-POINT GAMES
- 40% FG
- DOUBLE-FIGURES IN 27 OF 31 GAMES
- 1,656 CAREER PTS (SCHOOL RECORD)
- 500+ CAREER REB
Sticker filled the stat sheets at Dawson County, and put up nearly 20 points per contest in 2018-19, adding 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game, all while shooting 40% from the floor. Sticker played all four years as a starter and played every position. Sticker was also named Region 7-AAA’s Player of the Year. She led the Lady Tigers to a 22-9 record and a quarterfinals run. Sticker’s four years resulted in 73 wins, a region title (2015-16), two Elite 8 runs (’18-19; ’16-17), a Sweet 16 (’15-16), and a first round appearance (’17-18).
- Kaylee Sticker – 69 pts (9 first-place votes)
- Brooke Henricks – 61.5 pts (8)
- Nyah Williams – 32 pts
- Livi Blackstock – 27.75 pts (2)
- Dasha Cannon – 19.5 pts
- Jaycie Bowen – 11.75 pts
- Mackenzie Pulley – 11.25 pts
Voting included our 19-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts; 7th: 0.25 pts
History of Girls Basketball POY
- 2018-19 – Kaylee Sticker – Dawson Co SR G/F
- 2017-18 – Georgia Stockton – Rabun Co JR G
- 2016-17 – Lainey Gosnell – Habersham SR F
- 2015-16 – Karlie Bearden (Dawson Co SR G/F) & Lainey Gosnell (Habersham JR F)
- 2014-15 – Kaitlyn Duncan – Banks Co SR C
- 2013-14 – Sheyenne Seabolt – Dawson Co JR F
- 2012-13 – Carly Gilreath (Dawson Co SR G) & Stephanie Patton (Towns Co SO G)
- 2011-12 – Haley Gerrin – Habersham SR C
- 2010-11 – Gabby Arencibia – Towns Co JR G
- 2009-10 – Cara Malone – Lumpkin Co SR G
Sticker is the fourth Dawson County talent to take the honors, and the seventh senior to do so. Since the award has been split twice prior, there have been 11 different winners (12 overall). Like Bearden before her (former teammate), she fits the hybrid-guard/forward sterotype.
Looking Ahead – the Next Favorite(s)
Five of the finalists this year were seniors: Sticker, Henricks, Williams, Bowen, and Pulley. That leaves Dasha Cannon and Livi Blackstock as the returners next year as frontrunners. However, others that have a good shot include Rabun’s Laken Stiles, Lumpkin’s Isabelle Davenport, Commerce’ Bryanna Sanders, Towns’ Kennedi Henson, and Jefferson teammates of Blackstock. Or, as always, someone could sneak into the picture, even the next girl up for Dawson County.