Central High School girls' basketball player Bella Vinson continued to garner more honors this week following a successful 2018-19 season. The rising junior was named to the Class AAA All-State team on Monday, May 20.
"It's a really big accomplishment for myself, I'm very grateful for it," Vinson said. "There's a bunch of good girls in the state that really deserved it so it's a really big accomplishment for myself and I'm really proud of it."
Vinson was the only player from District 8-AAA to receive the honor and one of only three from Region 4-AAA. She was also one of the few underclassmen to be selected.
"I think it's a well-deserved accomplishment," Coach Joe Pat Cope said. "No kid I've ever had puts in the hours, the work and the dedication and it's good to see her reap some of the benefits from all the time she's put in."
Vinson led the Lady Raiders in scoring her sophomore year and was also one of the team's leaders in both rebounding and assists.
For her efforts, she was selected to the all-district and all-region teams during the postseason. She was further named the District 8-AAA Most Valuable Player.
On the academic side, Vinson had a 4.0 GPA and was one of the top students in her class.
"This is just unbelievable honestly for myself and I've still got a lot of work to do," Vinson said. "I'm really excited for this summer and this upcoming season."
Vinson had many supporters to thank for helping her get to this point early in her high school career. These ranged from coaches and teammates to family.
"Definitely Coach Cope and my parents and my family who've continued to push me, and AAU coaches and my teammates," Vinson said. "They really helped me throughout this season, I wouldn't be able to do it without them."