Kena Selby climbed the ladder within the Brentwood program as coach alongside a certain class.
When that core of five became seniors for Selby on the varsity girls team, she knew the 2016-17 season had the chance to be special.
Selby, who coaches Brentwood’s varsity and junior varsity teams without a staff, helped guide the Lady War Eagles to the GISA Class AA state championship. For her efforts in leading the program to a title, she’s The Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area Independent Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.
“It was a relief,” Selby said. “We knew we could get there if everything came together and we stayed healthy. For us to actually get there, it was so much fun. It was the most exciting experience I’ve had as a coach. It was the most fulfulling moment I’ve ever had as coach.”
The young head coach worked her way through the program and took the top spot in time to lead the group she’d been with since the class was in seventh grade. After a couple years of knocking on the door, Brentwood fittingly got over the hump with its senior-heavy team.
The Lady War Eagles routed Crisp Academy in the semifinals before topping Westwood 46-45 on March 4 at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., in a title game that came down to the final seconds.
One of those seniors, Shelby Everett, hit the eventual winning shot and scored 21 points.
Everett was joined by fellow seniors Morgan Cobb and Anna Hinton on the GISA Class AA All-State team. Selby was named state coach of the year for the classification.
“It’s been fun growing up with them,” Selby said. “We’ve been together for a long time, so they learned what I wanted from them early. They were almost like assistants for me.”
Reach David Lee at (706) 823-3216