Cavs make all-district team
Juwon Jackson, already named the Cape Fear Valley Conference’s Player of the Year for the league’s basketball season, earned more prestigious postseason hardware as he was honored with a First Team All-District place by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association last week.
Jackson, Southern Lee’s 6-foot-2 senior post player, led the Cavaliers to a strong second half of the season and the second round of the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament. Jackson averaged 14 points per game and six rebounds per game while shooting 69 percent from the field.
Southern Lee freshman guard Noah Mellette made District 8’s Third Team, as the only freshman on any of the District 8 postseason teams.
“These are more postseason honors for the guys to be proud of. They worked extremely hard to be selected,” said Southern Lee head coach Gaston Collins.
On the NCBCA District 8 girls basketball team, Jordan-Matthews’ senior Mylia Garner was the District Player of the Year.
It’s one more accolade in an amazing list for Garner, who leaves the Lady Jets as the program’s all-time leading scorer at 2,210 points.
Garner was the Mid-State Conference Player of the Year and ncpreps.com’s 2A State Player of the Year while averaging 18.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season.
Garner was the 2A Player of the Year and state tournament MVP while leading the Lady Jets to an undefeated state championship in 2011-12. The Lady Jets made the state semifinals this season. Garner has committed to a scholarship to play at Charlotte.
Two more area standouts who will be playing Division I basketball next season made the District 8 First Team.
Harnett Central forward DeAnneisha Jackson, who’s committed to Radford, averaged 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds a game for the Lady Trojans this season.
Pinecrest center Janea Williams, who’s committed to North Florida, averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Lady Patriots.
On the girls basketball second team is Northwood sophomore guard Shontai Totten, Jordan-Matthews senior center Erin Bristow, Pinecrest senior forward Felicia Painter and Harnett Central senior forward Jalisia Campbell.
Lady Jet senior forward Taylor Paige and Lady Trojan senior guard Erica Holmes made the third team.
Harnett Central head coach Bennie Pollock was the District 8 Coach of the Year as the Lady Trojans went 21-6 and reached the second round of the 4A state tournament.
On the District 8 boys basketball teams, Jordan-Matthews senior center Derek Hamilton made the first team. Hamilton averaged 16.3 points and 17.6 rebounds per game for the Jets this season.
Pinecrest senior forward Adam Cummings made the second team. Nigel White, a senior guard for Jordan-Matthews, and Triton seniors Maurice McBryde and Alex Burnett, made the third team.