The Robesonian’s all-county girls’ basketball and individual awards are selected by Scott Schlaufman based on observation, statistical analysis and opinion. Input from coaches is also taken into account during the selection process.
Coach of the Year — Danny Graham, Lumberton: With three sophomores and a freshman getting regular rotation time, Graham was dealing with a younger squad than he’s traditionally used to. The Pirates didn’t change much otherwise, putting a high emphasis on defense that paid off in the transition game. At 16-9, Graham’s girls had the county’s best record and were the only team of the six to finish above .500. The end of the season included the long-time coach’s 400th win and a playoff upset against South View, a team that beat the Pirates twice in the regular season by 20-plus points.
Player of the Year — A’Terria Quick, Soph., G, South Robeson: Whether it was a constant double team or a box-and-one, defenses did what they could to limit the output of South Robeson’s sophomore phenom, yet at times she still seemed unstoppable. The center of the Mustang offense, Quick averaged 27 points per game, more than double the output of any other player in the county, along with six rebounds, five assists and three steals. She had multiple 40-point games and posted the third quadruple-double in state history in January against West Columbus, finishing with 41 points, 14 assists, 12 steals and 10 rebounds.
Mariah Locklear, Soph., G, Lumberton: Part of a two-pronged attack, the sophomore made the most of her first varsity season and led the Pirates with 12.1 points per game and was second in both steals and rebounds with 2.7 and 6.3, respectively. She hit a season high against Purnell Swett, dropping 6-of-8 attempts from 3-point territory to finish with 23 points.
Asaya Graham, Sr., G Lumberton: The other half of Lumberton’s defensive-based system, Graham had a team-high 75 steals, which helped her and Locklear benefit on the fast break. She also had the habit of finding a groove from 3-point territory and finished second on the team with 9.5 points per game.
Katilyn Singletary, Sr., F, Lumberton: Though her offense struggled at points, Singletary was consistent on the boards and got key points at the end of the year. Her lone double-double of the year was responsible for Scotland’s only conference loss and she had six fourth-quarter points to help the Pirates break away against South View in the first round of the playoffs.
Robyn McPhaul, Sr., G, Red Springs: As the season progressed, McPhaul did it all. She led her team with 11.1 points, 5.2 steals and 2.5 assists per game and was second on the team with 3.8 rebounds per game. By the time league play came around, she was hitting 16-18 points each night.
Shantanna Norris, Sr., F, Red Springs: McPhaul ran the floor, but Norris was the key player down low for the Red Devils. She was third on the team with 8.6 points and used her long arms to nab 6.9 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. She posted three double-doubles, two against Whiteville, both of which were key to the Red Devils pulling ahead of the Wolfpack in the conference standings.
Savanna Hunt, Sr., F, South Robeson: A’Terria Quick may have been the Mustangs’ main threat, but in her senior season Hunt stepped into the No. 2 role, getting points in the paint when defenses focused too heavily on the guard. During a month-long stretch without her, the Mustangs missed her contributions, which included 17 points and two assists per game.
Kristin Locklear, Jr., F, St. Pauls: The quick Bulldogs had an array of girls that were capable of leading the team in points, but it was Locklear that stood out with her consistency in the post. She finished averaged nearly 10 points a game in the final month and had more than seven rebounds per game this season, complete with a 21-point, 11 rebound double-double against West Columbus.
Na’Jewel Ingram, Jr., F, Fairmont: Inexperience and injuries to key players hampered the Golden Tornadoes at times, but Ingram was a constant upside. She averaged nearly a double-double with 13.3 points and nine rebounds per game.
Mikala Lowry, Sr., F, Swett: Purnell Swett struggled at times, especially in the rugged Southeastern Conference. No matter the opponent, Lowry was a constant presence and averaged nearly a double-double with both points and rebounds.