BC-BKH--NC AP All-State Ballot, 2nd Add
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
CHYNA CORNWELL, Newton-Conover, 6-3, C, Jr. _ Averaged 28.3 points, 20.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks while sitting out fourth quarter of most games. Had double-doubles in all 30 games. Had 14 games with at least 30 points and two with 40 or more, with a high of 44. Had 16 games with at least 20 rebounds and four with 30 or more. Led team 25-5 record, sweep of conference regular-season and tournament titles and third-round appearance in NCHSAA 2A playoffs. Conference player of year, NCBCA district player of year, all-NCBCA pick, all-county player of year. Her 81 points in Dick’s Sporting Goods Classic holiday tournament broke a record from 2003.
NIA DANIEL, Harrisburg Hickory Ridge, 5-11, G-F, Sr. _ Averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1.1 assists. Conference player of year. All-NCBCA pick. Signed with North Carolina.
JANIYA DOWNS, South Rowan, 5-11, G, Sr. _ Averaged county-record 32.4 points and 12.5 rebounds while regularly facing double- or triple-teams. Had 2,374 points and 1,182 rebounds during her career. Had two games with at least 50 points and five others with more than 40. Had 44 points in team’s lone playoff game. Three-time county player of year. All-district pick. Signed with Catawba.
SANIYA RIVERS, Wilmington Laney, 5-10, G-F, Soph. _ Averaged 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.5 steals, 2.2 blocks. Gatorade player of year in the state and NCBCA player of the year. Drawing major Division I interest as the nation’s No. 7 prospect in her class.
CALLIE SCHEIER, West Forsyth, 5-1, PG, Sr. _ Averaged 28.5 points, 3.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 2.7 steals. Scored more than 1,700 career points and had more than 500 career assists. Led school to first NCHSAA 4-A championship, beating Southeast Raleigh in the final, and was MVP of the title game. League player of year. Four-time all-conference selection and first-team all-district pick. Committed to High Point.
ALEX SCRUGGS, Fayetteville E.E. Smith, 5-11, G, Sr. _ Averaged 26 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.3 steals. Her 27 double-doubles ranked third in the state. All-NCBCA pick. District and conference player of year. Conference tournament MVP. McDonald’s All-American Game nominee. Led school to NCHSAA 3-A Eastern Regionals. Signed with Wake Forest.
KENNEDI SIMMONS, Southeast Guilford, 5-7, G, Jr. _ Averaged 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals while shooting 50 percent for a team that went 28-3 and beat Waxhaw Cuthbertson for its first NCHSAA 3-A championship. MVP of state title game after scoring 27 points. Career 1,000-point scorer. Three-time all-conference selection. Area player of year. All-district pick.