ALL AREA: Amiya Joyner, Farmville Central
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Farmville Central freshman forward Amiya Joyner turned plenty of heads in her first season of high school basketball, and her stellar season earned her The Daily Reflector’s All-Area girls’ player of the year award.
Joyner was not in the initial lineup for the Jaguars’ first three games. After showing her work ethic and talent, head coach Hollis Harper then quickly moved the freshman into his starting five.
“I came in as a freshman and didn’t start,” Joyner said. “I kept working hard in practice and getting better, and the next thing I knew, I was in the starting lineup.”
Standing at 6-feet, Joyner possesses the length of a post forward with the ability to handle the ball and shoot like a point guard, a rare and highly valuable combo for a young player.
Her talents brought even more fans into the already packed FC gym. People who were lucky enough to snag a seat and watch Joyner and the rest of the Jaguars play were treated to plenty of blowout wins and running clocks. The average margin of victory for the Jags, who lost in the 2-A state championship game to finish with a 27-1 record, was 36.6 points per game.
“It was a good feeling,” Joyner said. “When we would get a big lead, then our bench players would come in and get some playing time. It was always fun to see my teammates further down the lineup have a chance to get in to play.”
Joyner will remain a vital asset to the Jaguars for the next three seasons, already equipped with vital rebounding and defensive skills as she looks to developer her game even more in Farmville.
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