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Reflector makes All-Area basketball picks


Farmville Central girls' coach Hollis Harper, left, Amiya Joyner, bottom, South Central's Day'Ron Sharpe, top, and coach Chris Cherry.


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Daily Reflector’s 2018-2019 All-Area basketball teams


First team

Day’Ron Sharpe, South Central: Player of the year.

Terquavion Smith, Farmville Central: An N.C. State verbal commit, the sophomore guard collects his second All-Area first-team selection in as many seasons after averaging 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

Shykeim Phillips, South Central: Phillips has long been one of the most exciting players in Pitt County, averaging 16.5 points, 3.0 steals and 3.6 assists per game as a senior to guide the Falcons to a 4-A state title.

Justin Wright, Farmville Central: Wright had a stellar year in his junior campaign, averaging 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per outing on the way to a Farmville undefeated season and 2-A title.

Imajae Dodd, Greene Central: Dodd cemented his legacy at Greene Central in his final season. The UNC Wilmington signee averaged 14.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, and his average of 5.0 blocks helped as the Rams’ defensive superstar.

Second Team

Samage Teel, Farmville Central

Jahmois Barnhill, D.H. Conley

Dyquavis Wilkins, Farmville Central

Jahzeer Baker, South Central

Rande Harper, Farmville Central

Honorable Mention

James Richardson, Ayden-Grifton

Hysaan Hudson, Greene Central

Jordan Atkinson, Ayden-Grifton

Donte Johnson, Greene Central

Jekael Gay, Greene Central

Kent Gilbert, D.H. Conley

Nas Staton, North Pitt

Aaron Murphy, J.H. Rose

CJ Johnson, D.H. Conley

Leontae Moye, Farmville Central


First team

Amiya Joyner, Farmville Central: Player of the year.

Ninevah Reddick, South Central: Reddick was an efficient offensive weapon for the Falcons, averaging 21.5 points per game in addition to 4.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals.

Ashanti Hines, North Pitt: The Panthers’ talented guard broke the career 1,000-point mark during her junior season as the main shooter at North Pitt. Hines averaged 16.9 points per contest, while dishing out an average of 2.0 assists.

Jenna Wooten, D.H. Conley: Wooten was an all-around force on the court for the Vikings. The junior forward averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per outing.

Ja’shyrah Carmon, Farmville Central: Carmon provided half of a dominant frontcourt for the 2-A runner-up Jaguars. The junior posted averages of 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds.

Second Team

Anna Mewborn, South Central

Kiara Johnson, D.H. Conley

Rashyra Speight, Farmville Central

Jordan Joyner, Farmville Central

Kayla Friend, South Central

Honorable Mention

Casandra Watson, North Pitt

Zykeriah Andrews, Ayden-Grifton

J’Nadia Maye, North Pitt

Tijuana Williams, North Pitt

Tadahfia Wallace, South Central

Cedaria Little, Ayden-Grifton

Shelemiah Hardy, Ayden-Grifton

Alisha Anderson, D.H. Conley

Cyanni Whitfield, South Central

Ania Sands, J.H. Rose

Kaliya Sutton, Greene Central


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