Keanna McNeil, Sr., Lumberton — The Robeson County and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year scored 20 or more points in five different games this season and shot better than 55 percent from the floor, including a county-best 47 3-pointers. Her production in the post (7.8 RPG) and on the perimeter (14.8 PPG) for the Lady Pirates helped Lumberton capture its seventh Shootout championship in December and a second-place finish in the SEC.
Aterria Quick, Frosh., South Robeson — The Lady Mustangs’ standout freshman guard averaged a county-leading 21.9 points per game and helped South Robeson accumulate 12 victories winning only twice last season. She was tops on her team in points, assists and steals, got to the charity stripe with ease and led the Three Rivers Conference in scoring.
Anasia Evans, Sr., Fairmont — A scoring point guard, Evans picked up the slack offensively for the Lady Golden Tornadoes with her second consecutive all-conference and all-county nomination, leading Fairmont in scoring (18.5) and steals (3.1) per game. In her final season, the Lady Golden Tornadoes more than doubled the previous year’s win total.
Aliyah Ratley, Sr., Lumberton — The two-time all-county and three-time all-conference performer earned the career triple crown in this year’s Shootout, taking home MVP honors after a 14-point, seven-steal effort against West Bladen in the title game. Lumberton’s best on-ball defender averaged 10.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.3 steals per contest in her final season.
Alexis Roberson, Jr., St. Pauls — St. Pauls first-year coach Michael White calls Roberson his “unquestionable floor leader” and someone the team could count on in crunch time at the free-throw line. Roberson averaged 10 points per game and guided the Lady Bulldogs to an upset win over South Robeson and a berth in the conference tournament championship game.
Jasmine Murchison, Sr., Red Springs — As the Lady Red Devils’ most consistent threat at the offensive and defensive end of the floor, Norris’ prowess on the low block paved the way for a campaign during which Red Springs improved as a team down the stretch. Murchison’s 15 points and seven boards per game average placed her in the top half of the conference.
Honorable mention: Robyn McPhaul, Red Springs; Na’Jewell Ingram, Fairmont; Azaya Graham, Lumberton; Colleen Chavis, Purnell Swett; Tia Glover, St. Pauls.
Kwinton Hinson, Soph., Fairmont — The Golden Tornadoes’ new kid on the block gelled well with teammates midway through the season and helped Fairmont win 15 straight games after an opening-round Shootout loss prior to a contest at East Columbus. Hinson scored 20 or more points 11 times and compiled three times as many dunks as the area’s closest competitor. His 10.8 rebounds per game average led Robeson County.
Montrae Strother, Sr., Lumberton — Strother was the glue that kept the Pirates together early in the season and ultimately reversed Lumberton’s fortune down the stretch and into the postseason. His 15.7 points per game average was second in the county to Hinson’s 20.8 and his ability to play multiple positions benefited coach Mackie Register in his first season.
Deion Gilchrist, Sr., St. Pauls — One of the area’s true shooting guards, Gilchrist’s senior leadership transformed a team that was 4-20 last season into a squad that finished one game back of three-time conference champion Fairmont. Attacking the basket was Gilchrist’s specialty (13.6 PPG) along with getting other teammates involved (team-leading 2.8 APG).
Shemar Barfield, Jr., Fairmont — Barfield scored just under 15 points per game, but his ability to challenge the opposing team’s best players is what made the Golden Tornadoes thrive. Baker calls Barfield one of his most improved players and his ability to drive and score in the lane is just a bonus.
Malik Livingston, Jr., St. Pauls — The second star in the Bulldogs’ backcourt, Livingston averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game and came into his own during his first full season as a starter often used as St. Pauls’ chief ball-handler and distributor. His buzzer-beater early in the season against Red Springs catapulted the Bulldogs into legitimacy.
Quinn Lowery, Sr., Red Springs — A power forward throughout his career, Lowery was forced to move to Glenn Patterson’s point guard spot as a senior since the team had a lack of ball-handlers. The Red Devils finished fourth in the county, but Lowery contributed his usual averages of 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest, but a county-leading 6.9 assists helped the Red Devils stay out of the Three Rivers cellar.
Honorable mention: Jackie Oxendine, Fairmont; Demetri Sheridan, Lumberton, Mitchell Hill, Purnell Swett; Reggie Scippio, South Robeson; Jaquell Johnson, St. Pauls.