Tillman, Childress top 2018-19 All-SNAP basketball teams

Published 6:02 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2019

With this year’s All-Stanly News and Press basketball teams, we have decided to do things a little differently this year.

Using the various All-Conference selections from the Rocky River and Yadkin Valley conferences, along with statistics from the coaches and my own observations, I will be choosing first and second All-SNAP teams along with honorable mentions.

Not being named All-Conference does not preclude a player from the All-SNAP team.

So here are the selections for the 2018-19 basketball season, starting with the men’s basketball selections.

Men’s Basketball

First Team All-SNAP

Bryson Childress (G-Sr., North Stanly, 26.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.9 spg) – The all-time scoring leader in Stanly County basketball history, Childress scored 2,187 points for his career including 783 points this season. He scored 20 or more points 24 times this season and had 30 or more nine times, with a season high of 38 points. Childress is also the 2018-19 SNAP Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Marc Raye, Jr, (G-Fresh., Albemarle, 18 ppg, 6 apg, 4 spg) – Just the second Bulldogs freshman to be named All-Conference, Raye was second in the county in points per game and first with six assists per contest.

Jaquez Cooke (G/F, Jr., South Stanly, 14.3 ppg, 1.2 apg, 1.4 spg) – Playing both guard positions as well as some small forward Cooke was fourth in the county in points per game. Along with teammate Jacorian Legrand, he was part of the was the county’s strongest scoring backcourt combining for nearly 29 points together per game.

Carson Lowder (G/F-Sr.,, North Stanly, 12.8 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.9 apg., 1.4 spg) – The senior slightly increased his points per game average this season and finished with 708 career points in two seasons for the Comets, hitting 41.6 percent for the season from the field.

Hayden Greene (C, Sr. – West Stanly, 13.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg) – A post presence for the Colts for four seasons, Greene’s low-post game led him to become the school’s seventh member of the 1,000 point club finishing with 1,020 career points.

Second Team All-SNAP

Jacorian LeGrand (G-Sr., South Stanly, 14.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.6 spg) – Despite being one of the shorter players on the court at any given time, LeGrand was fourth in the county in scoring and rebounded as well for the Rebel Bulls.

Austin Medlin (G, Soph., West Stanly, 15.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.8 spg) – Shooting 81 percent from the free throw line for the season, the sophomore guard helped take up much of the scoring for the Colts with the injury to Nick Parker. Medlin, according to head coach John Thompson, was also the most improved defensive player for West this season.

Justin Gaddy (G, Jr., South Stanly, 13.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.1 apg) – Playing 17 games this season due to injury, Gaddy returned late in the season to help the Bulls earn the most wins for a season since the 2008-09 season.

Brandon Christian (F, Sr., Albemarle, 11 ppg, 8 rpg) – A season-ending knee injury ended the forward’s season after 21 games, but not before the senior, who signed to play football for Catawba next season, came close to a double-double average in points and rebounds per game.

Nalik Veasley (C, Sr., North Stanly, 10.0 ppg, 10.6 rpg) – Shooting 50.4 percent for the season, Veasley was the only county player to average a double-double in points and rebounds.

Honorable Mention

Brennan Bailey (F-Sr., Gray Stone)
Tori Colson (F-Sr., South Stanly)
Trevor Kelly (G-Soph., West Stanly)
Brack Morgan (G-Jr., West Stanly)
Chase Viscomi (G-Sr., Gray Stone)
Cameron Williams (G-Sr., Albemarle)

Women’s Basketball

All-SNAP First Team

Armani Baldwin (G-Sr., Albemarle, 15.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 4.0 spg) – With one of the most impressive high-arcing jumpshots, the senior guard nearly doubled her points-per-game average this season. Baldwin was also second in the county in steals per game in being part of Albemarle’s record-setting season for wins (27).

Danielle Werts (G-Jr., Gray Stone, 14.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.0 spg) – Werts’ touch from the outside and her leadership helped the Knights reach the 20-win mark for the fifth straight season; the junior’s point average per game was third in the county.

Zycoria Tillman (G/F-Sr., Albemarle, 16.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 3.0 spg) – This season’s All-SNAP Player of the Year, Tillman led in points per game and was third in rebounds per game. She finished with 1,073 total points in three seasons with the Bulldogs, becoming the fifth Albemarle women’s basketball standout to join the 1,000-point club.

Secorra Medley (F-Jr., Gray Stone, 10.6 ppg, 10.3 rpg) – Medley was part of a Knights defense this season which presence allowed just 37.3 points per game this season; she also led the county in rebounds per game.

Raelee Furr (F/C-Jr., West Stanly, 10.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.7 spg) – Leading the Colts in scoring this season with her play in the paint, Furr was also fifth in the county in rebounds per game.

All-SNAP Second Team

Payton Landis – (G-Jr., North Stanly, 8.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.6 spg) – Landis’ touch from the outside helped her to be seventh in the county in points per game but her distribution of the ball made her the county leader in assists per game.

Lexi Goode – (G-Fresh., North Stanly, 11.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 6.1 spg) – Showing flashes of a bright basketball future, the freshman guard led the county in steals per game and was fifth in scoring.

Lillie Austin – (G-Sr., Gray Stone, 7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.1 spg) – Austin finished fourth in the county in assists per game.

Camille Shelton (F-Sr., North Stanly, 12.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 3.3 spg) – Normally tasked with playing in the front court against taller players, Shelton was second in the county in rebounds per game and was fourth in scoring.

Mattie Hinson – (F/C-Sr., South Stanly, 6.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 0.3 apg, 1.1 spg) – The Rebel Bulls senior finished as the third-highest rebounder per average in the county.

Honorable Mention
Carmen Bishop (G-Jr., West Stanly)
Mattie Burris – (F-Sr., Gray Stone)
Madelyn Huneycutt (G-Sr., West Stanly)
Dani Moss (F-Jr., West Stanly)
Tameya Newton (G-Sr., Albemarle)
Jacy Noble (G-Fresh., South Stanly)
Kiana Ridley (G-Sr., Albemarle)

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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