The 2019-20 basketball season saw the usual twists and turns for local high school teams. Recently, standout players and coaches from both the boys and girls programs at each school were honored by their respective conferences.
Tri-County Conference 3A
Player of the Year: Syniah McMiller (Harnett Central) C/F, Junior
“Our coach has stressed the word pride to our team this season and receiving this award, I understand the feeling she was pushing to make us understand,” McMiller said of the honor.
“I would like to thank my family for their support, my Harnett Central coaches... my Carolina Lynx AAU basketball family, Elite development training, the Jammers volleyball club, my friends and the Lady Trojans.”
The 6-foot-1 post player dominated inside, leading Harnett Central in points, rebounds and blocks for the second straight season. She credits a more confident approach that allowed her to be a better ball-handler during fast breaks and being more physical down low.
“Last year, I knew how to do them but I was really nervous,” she added about her improvements.
McMiller helped guide the Lady Trojans to a second-place finish in the regular season conference standings and a trip to the conference tournament championship game.
Madeline Langdon (Harnett Central) G, Senior
Brittany Mills (Harnett Central) G, Junior
Zoie Starling (Triton) G, Senior
Kaila Cooney (Triton) G, Junior
Tri-County Conference 3A
Tre Williams (Harnett Central)
Anthony Tomlinson (Harnett Central)
Justin Perkins (Harnett Central)
Josiah Lett (Triton) F, Senior
Travion Sanders (Triton) G, Junior
Greater Neuse Conference 3A
Player of the Year: C.J. Ray (South Johnston) F, Senior
This marks the second straight season in which the Trojan’s versatile athlete has been named the league’s top player. Ray averaged just over 20 points while collecting 9.8 rebounds per contest. He led the team with 14 double-doubles, highlighted by a season high 31 points and 12 boards against C.B. Aycock on Dec. 28. Ray also wrapped up his career with an all-region selection by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association.
Coach of the Year: Brody Massengill (South Johnston)
For the second straight season, Massengill finished with 20-plus wins after leading South Johnston to a 22-5 record. The Trojans won nine of their first 10 games and finished second in the conference with a 7-3 mark. They made it to the second round of the state playoffs after a first-round home win over Topsail.
Colby Norris (South Johnston) F, Senior
Jeremiah McLean (South Johnston) F, Junior
Janay McDonald (South Johnston, girls) G, Junior
East Central Conference 2A
Tyler Godwin (Midway) F, Junior
Kris’Shyia McKoy (Midway) G, Sophomore
Jenna Pope (Midway) F, Senior
Patriot Athletic Conference 3A/4A
Zachary Lowery (Overhills) G, Senior
Jase Ford (Overhills) G, Senior
Maaika Dones (Overhills) G, Junior
NCISAA Sandhills Conference
Jamael Carter (Cape Fear Christian) G, Senior
Jeremyah McWilliams (Cape Fear Christian) F, Senior
Zykia Matthews (Cape Fear Christian) F, Junior
Kristen Bass (Cape Fear Christian) G, Senior