Was there ever any doubt?
Early Thursday morning, the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association released their 2019 Mr. and Miss Basketball nominees. Amongst the three finalists in Class AA was Cumberland County Lady Jet guard Gracee Dishman.
“I’m humbled to be a finalist,” said Dishman. “It’s really exciting.”
Being a Miss Basketball finalist isn’t new for Dishman as she was a finalist in 2018, her junior season. Only three players are nominated per classification in Tennessee.
“I’m very proud of Gracee because I know how hard she works,” said CCHS head coach Radhika Miller, Dishman’s aunt. “This is a kid that’s in the gym an hour after every practice. You don’t reach this goal unless you put in the extra time and extra effort.”
Dishman’s senior season statistics and accomplishments are deserving of the nomination. Through 26 games, Dishman averages 29.9 points per game on 53 percent shooting, 2.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 steals. The Lady Jet standout has had 14 30-point games this season alone, and scored 777 points this season.
In this season alone, Dishman has also been named to the PrepHoops.com preseason top 100 in America list, nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game, been named District 7AA MVP, Omni Seahawk Holiday Classic MVP and Winterfest Shootout MVP. She currently leads Tennessee in scoring, and is 15th nationally in points per game.
Dishman’s career has been filled with accomplishments since her freshman season in 2015-’16. To date, Dishman has 2,876 career points, 42 30-point games, three district MVP awards, three all-district tournament honors and three all-region tournament distinctions. Dishman has a career record of 99-19 as of Feb. 6.
The nomination doesn’t change Dishman’s priorities. To the senior guard, her team’s goals always come first.
“Staying focused on the team is important,” said Dishman. “We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to bounce back from last game. We’ve got to stay focused and stay locked in on defense.”
Dishman is a finalist along with Kimia Carter of Brainerd and Braelyn Wykle from South Greene
“They’re good players too, but I feel like I’ve worked hard to get here last year and this year,” added Dishman.
“I think she’s got a great shot at winning it this year,” said Miller. “She deserves to win it with the work she’s put in and the stats she has.”
Dishman’s Lady Jets have one more regular season game remaining on Friday when they host Clarkrange.