East Davidson • Junior • 5-9 • Guard
After losing two All-Northwest selections from last year’s team in Madi Hallman and Bayley Plummer because of graduation, East Davidson and coach Don Corry leaned heavily on Anders this season. The 5-foot-9 guard led the Golden Eagles in scoring in 18 of their 27 games, while she shot better than 34 percent from behind the 3-point line and 70 percent from the free-throw line.
“We asked Brooke to do a lot more this year because of what we lost and she never scored less than 11 points in any game,” Corry said. “Just her consistency was so important for us, and she has really learned how to take the ball to the basket. “She has this little runner from the baseline and we call it ‘money’ because it’s basically unstoppable.”
West Forsyth • Junior • 6-0 • Forward
The 2017 Central Piedmont 4-A girls basketball Player of the Year, Curran did a little bit of everything for a West Forsyth team that finished 24-6 and advanced to the third round of the NCHSAA Class 4-A playoffs. In addition to averaging nearly 18 points and nine rebounds a game, the 6-foot Curran excelled at playing multiple positions on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court, according to Titans head coach Brittany Cox.
“Skyler has always been a very strong offensive player, but I think what added another level to her game this year was the fact that she became a very tough defender,” Cox said. “We could put her anywhere on the floor and her defense helped us tremendously, especially with her post defense.”
Reynolds • Junior • 5-7 • Forward
Another player who took a step forward both offensively and defensively this season was Cuthbertson, who made her first All-Northwest team as a junior in 2017. Cuthbertson ended the year as the top scorer for Reynolds, helping the Demons capture the Central Piedmont 4-A regular-season and conference tournament championships while also ending the year with a 24-4 overall record.
“Amari has always had awesome offensive potential, but she took another step on defense this season,” coach Johnathan Gainey of Reynolds said. “She’s playing on both ends of the floor now, and that’s a big key for her.” because it allows her to become even more of an offensive threat by getting steals, getting out in transition and scoring some easy buckets.”
Atkins • Senior • 5-8 • Forward
A four-year starter for Atkins and coach Louis Lowery, Davenport took the reins as the Camels’ undisputed leader in 2017 and led her team in nearly every statistical category. After helping Atkins to its second consecutive 20-win season and a berth in the third round of the NCHSAA playoffs, Davenport was selected as a Northwest 1-A all-conference selection and finished as the runner-up in the Player of the Year voting behind eventual Mary Garber Award winner Jo Snow of Mount Airy.
“Tyler did everything for us,” Lowery said. “Leadership, scoring, defense, rebounding — whatever we needed she did it. We ran everything through her and she handled it all as well as any coach would want. The pressure was on her every night and she delivered.”
Calvary Day • Senior • 5-6 • Guard
After deciding to transfer from Mount Tabor to Calvary Day before her senior year so she could play for her mom, Kerisa, the Cougars’ coach, and alongside her younger sister, Sidney, Skyler ended the year with perhaps the most impressive statistics in the area. Her 26.4 points a game ranked in the top 50 nationally, according to MaxPreps.com, and her 101 made 3-pointers were tied for 30th. She scored more than 600 points this season, led the Cougars with 8.2 rebounds a game and was second, behind Sidney, in assists per game.
“Skyler is a flat-out scorer,” Kerisa said. “She just finds way to score and offensively she is just dynamic and tough to guard. She’s a really smart defender, But above everything else she is very much a leader and a workaholic.”
North Surry • Junior • 6-0 • Forward
One of four players making their second consecutive appearance on the All-Northwest girls basketball team, Johnson improved in nearly every statistical category this year, just one season after leading the Greyhounds in points, rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage. Behind the improved all-around game of Johnson, North Surry and coach Shane Slate finished the season with a 26-6 record and advanced to the NCHSAA 2-A state championship game for the first time in program history.
“Mikaela has always been a really, really good player, but I thought the game really slowed down for her this year and she took her game to the next level,” Slate said. “She’s really effective for us on both ends of the court, but the consistency was maybe her strongest asset this year.”
Northwest Guilford • Sophomore • 5-10 • Guard
King was the only freshman selected to last year’s All-Northwest team and is now one of just three sophomores to earn the same recognition in 2017. After averaging 10.1 points, 4.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds in her first year at Northwest Guilford, the 5-10 guard upped her statistical averages across the board this season, helping the Vikings and coach Darlene Joyner end the year as NCHSAA Class 4-A state champions for the first time in school history.
“Cayla is like a little coach on the floor,” Joyner said. “She ran the offense and she was also our best player on defense. Her best game is probably distributing the ball, but we also asked her to take on more a scoring role for us this year and I thought she filled that role beautifully.”
Northwest Guilford • Sophomore • 6-4 • Forward
With King and Kitley both selected to the All-Northwest team, Northwest Guilford joined Mount Airy, North Surry and Reynolds as the only girls basketball programs to be represented multiple times on this year’s team. The daughter of former Wake Forest basketball player Ralph Kitley, Elizabeth recorded a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double in the state championship game against Southeast Raleigh which earned her the game’s Most Valuable Player award.
“In a high school setting, if you have a good point guard and a true big you are going to win a lot of games and that’s the combination we had,” coach Darlene Joyner said. “Elizabeth has really developed a strong skill set to go along with her size and you could tell she just got more confident with each game that passed.”
Thomasville • Junior • 5-6 • Guard
One of the most prolific scorers in the area, Long averaged nearly 27 points per game this season and has already surpassed the 1,000-point plateau with one year still remaining in her high school career. While the point totals are most noticeable, including four games in which she scored at least 40 points, Long’s greatest attribute may have been her perimeter defense, according to coach Tyronnica Alford.
Long “was basically the nucleus of our team — not just scoring, but also the way she played on the defensive end,” Alford said. “She led our conference in steals and she was just a floor general for our team, always playing the hardest and having the most heart.”
North Wilkes • Junior • 5-10 • Forward
A versatile wing player capable of playing numerous positions, Phillips led North Wilkes in points and field goals made, and made more than 40 percent of her 3-point attempts. In addition to her spot on the All-Northwest team, Phillips was recognized as a member of the Mountain Valley All-Conference team, while also getting selected to the All-Tournament teams for both the Mary Garber Holiday Tipoff Classic and the Mountain Valley Athletic conference tournament.
“Emily is a very unselfish player and she really tries to make her teammates better, but she also works extremely hard on her individual game,” coach Steven Phillips of North Wilkes said. “She’s really become an all-around player this year by improving her outside shot and her ball-handling, making her more of an inside-outside threat.”
Mount Airy • Sophomore • 5-5 • Guard
Helping Mount Airy to its first state championship in program history, Sawyers shot 45 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free-throw line en route to a Northwest 1-A All-Conference selection. Only a sophomore, Sawyers was second on the Granite Bears in points, assists and steals per game, trailing only teammate Jo Snow.
“Whether it’s knowing when to drive and finish at the basket or pass it off to a teammate, (Sawyers) has just always had really good natural instincts when it comes to the game of basketball,” coach Angela Mayfield said. “She really has a nose for the ball and sheis probably one of the more well-rounded players I’ve ever been around, even though she is still pretty young.”
Mount Airy • Junior • 5-2 • Guard
In addition to winning the Mary Garber Award as the best girls basketball player in Northwest North Carolina, Snow was named the Most Valuable Player of the NCHSAA Class 2-A state championship game after scoring 17 points in Mount Airy’s 66-40 victory over Pamlico County. Snow was one of two 400-point scorers for Mount Airy this season, along with Sawyers, while she also led the team with 4.3 assists per game.
“Jo is an incredibly hard worker and does so many great things both offensively and defensively,” coach Angela Mayfield said. “She’s always been a great player, but I thought this year she really matured as a player and she learned that she doesn’t need to score 20 points a game to help our team. She understood the little things she needed to do to help our team be successful.”
North Surry • Freshman • 6-2 • Forward
Sutphin was the only freshman selected to this year’s All-Northwest team, as the 6-2 forward led North Surry in points and blocks per game, while also shooting a team-best 55 percent from the field. Already committed to play basketball at N.C. State, Sutphin was selected as the NCHSAA Class 2-A West Regional’s Most Outstanding Player after scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the state championship game against Clinton.
“Elle answered a lot of our questions very early in the season, just in terms of how she was going to fit into our team right away as a freshman,” coach Shane Slate said. “You can just tell she has a very high ceiling. and as the season went on her skill set started to show through more and more.”
Reagan • Junior • 5-5 • Guard
Selected to her second straight All-Northwest team, Tucker maintained her scoring average of approximately 17 points per game from a season ago, while increasing her production as both a rebounder and a passer. Tucker was also named the Most Outstanding Player at this year’s Mary Garber Holiday Tipoff Classic after the junior guard helped Reagan capture its first tournament championship in program history.
“Amaya was just a leader in so many different categories for us,” coach Eric Rader said. “And then her approach to the game really elevated our entire team. She is truly a team leader both on and off the court and she is just so versatile, both offensively and defensively, that she can do almost anything.”
Reynolds • Senior • 5-6 • Guard
Leading Reynolds from her point guard position, Wilson was selected to the All-Northwest team for the second consecutive season after recording a team-best 7.2 assists a game and averaging more than 15 points a game for the second straight year. The 2016 Central Piedmont 4-A Player of the year and an All-Conference selection in 2017, Wilson is committed to play basketball at Appalachian State after scoring 1,437 points in her high school career.
“You could tell Tierra was more relaxed this year, knowing she was a senior and ... she was already committed,” coach Johnathan Gainey said. “She does such a great job of leading by example and being a floor general, so iIt was easier for me as a coach because she was much more of a coach on the floor for us this year.”
All-Northwest Coach of the Year
Serving in her first season as the Mount Airy girls basketball coach after taking over for former head coach Howard Mayo this past offseason, Mayfield led the Granite Bears to a 30-2 record and the first NCHSAA Class 1-A state championship in program history this season. Mount Airy outscored opponents by an average of 29.1 points per game this season, which was a direct result of Mayfield already being familiar with her personnel, despite it being her first year on the job, according to junior guard Jo Snow.
“Our whole starting five at Mount Airy has played AAU together for a long time and Coach Mayfield was always our coach, so this year was really smooth and just a lot of fun,” Snow said. “I always loved playing AAU for Coach Mayfield because she’s just a laid-back coach and she’s really calm, so I think that really helped us in big situations and in tight games.”