Two years ago, Cabarrus County sports forever changed when the South Piedmont Conference (SPC) became an eight-team, all-county league.
While some things have changed, others have remained the same, as the Concord girls' basketball team won the SPC for the fourth season in a row, going a perfect 14-0 in conference play in the process of winning the regular season and tournament titles.
Concord basketball coach Angela Morton, whose teams are 56-2 in the SPC the last four years, did it with a balanced attack that did not focus on a single star player.
While the Spider girls garnered most of the winning headlines, Hickory Ridge and Jay M. Robinson still had standout seasons.
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Another county school, First Assembly, won the Metrolina Athletic Conference for the first time, going 22-6, 13-1 in conference play.
Cabarrus News Player of the Year: Kelsee Cheek, Jay M. Robinson
Kelsee Cheek can score the basketball with the best players in the state. Cheek, who averaged 22 points per game this season, finished her Bulldog career as the school's and county's all-time leading scorer.
Cheek, who will attend and play basketball at Chattanooga next year, also won a lot in the process. Her Robinson teams went 36-13 in her final two seasons (19-7 SPC play), trailing only Concord and Hickory Ridge in the conference.
Cabarrus News Coach of the Year: Angela Morton, Concord
Angela Morton didn't have the SPC's best player this year, but Morton and company proved to be not only the league's best team, but also one of the best teams in the state, as they advanced to the sectional finals, before falling to North Iredell.
Morton's team swept their way through the SPC for the second year in a row, going a perfect 28-0 in the conference the last two seasons.
All-Cabarrus News girls' basketball first team
Jhemelia Edwards, Concord: Senior leader for the Spiders, was team's top player.
Jasmine Deberry, Concord: Alongside Edwards, the seniors formed one of state's best backcourts.
Kelsee Cheek, Jay M. Robinson: Senior takes her 22 point per game to Chattanooga next year.
Jordan Strode, Hickory Ridge: Junior, who averaged 16 points a game, will be one of SPC's best next year.
Katherine Harris, First Assembly: Rising freshman led the Eagles with 13 points a game.
All-Cabarrus News girls' basketball second team
Aaliyah Spears, A.L. Brown: Sophomore point guard looks to lead Wonders into future.
Emma Virtanen, Cannon: Cougar standout, from Finland, has a bright future ahead.
Monique Robson, Hickory Ridge: Senior captain averaged 13 points a game for Bulls.
Neisha Spears, Northwest Cabarrus: Junior was dominant on the boards, averaging 11 rebounds and eight points a game.
Mariah Black, Concord: Talented senior was the Spiders' top post option.