For the second year in a row, the Hopewell girls' basketball team got off to great start, winning 22 of their first 24 games this season, with the only two losses coming to I-Meck rival Mallard Creek.
But while the Titans have a lot to boast about, they didn't win the most important games of the season, as they fell to the Mavericks, again, in the I-Meck tournament final and finished their season with a regional semfinal loss to Southwest Guilford.
But Hopewell won the I-Meck regular season title and won 48 games in the last two years with Hannah Early, Sharee Boyd and coach Gary Richmond leading the way, again.
Meanwhile, first-year Hough, Lake Norman, Mooresville and North Mecklenburg fought to stay in the middle of the pack of the I-Meck.
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Meanwhile, Bandys, Lake Norman Charter and Southlake Christian improved in their respective leagues, earning playoff bids. The Trojans, led by coach Beth Queen did the best, advancing all the way to the 2A regional semifinals.
Mooresville News Player of the Year: Hannah Early, Hopewell
There isn't much that Hannah Early can't seem to do well. This season, the I-Meck volleyball player of the year, also did it all on the basketball court, averaging 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks per game to lead the Titans to a 25-4 record including a 13-1 mark in conference play.
The senior will now take her talent to Davidson, where she will go to school and play basketball next year.
Mooresville News Coach of the Year: Gary Richmond, Hopewell
Gary Richmond knew his Hopewell girls' basketball team was one of the best squads in the state when the season started. But the Titans had to prove that on the court.
While they had some problems against Mallard Creek and the season didn't end the way Hopewell wanted it to, Richmond and the Titans still have a lot to be proud of. Hopewell won the I-Meck regular season title and has gone 48-9 in the last two seasons, including 25-3 in I-Meck play.
All-Mooresville News girls' basketball first team
Hannah Early, Hopewell: Davidson signee did a bit of everything to lead Titans.
Sharee Boyd, Hopewell: Junior was also a jack of all trades, averaging 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Brianne Mack, Southlake Christian: Standout junior averaged nearly 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.
Marissa Riley, Lake Norman: Senior averaged 15 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game.
Jesse Story, Bandys: Talented junior guard led her Trojans to the 2A Regional semifinals.
All-Mooresville News girls' basketball second team
Tatum McKee, North Mecklenburg: Senior led Vikings with 15 points, four assists and four steals a game.
Jamie Williams, Lake Norman Charter: The junior had another big season, averaging 13 points and five assists.
Shakira McLaughlin, Mooresville: Blue Devils senior leader had another good season.
Anna Diggs, Hough: Freshman gave Huskies a strong foundation to build upon.
Madi Story, Bandys: Freshman just as good as her older sister, Jesse.