Mallard Creek’s Ahlana Smith, who led her team to back-to-back appearances in the N.C. 4A Western Regional championship game, has been named District 9 player of the year by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association.
The association released all-district teams for all 12 N.C. districts Wednesday.
In District 9, Smith was joined on the first team by North Meck’s Jessica Timmons, South Meck’s A’Lea Gilbert, Berry’s Jordan McLaughin and Mallard Creek’s Dazia Lawrence. Ardrey Kell’s Jeff Buseick, who led his team to a SoMeck 8 regular-season title, was named District 9 coach of the year.
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Two other Districts contain primarily Observer-area players.
In District 10, Gastonia Ashbrook’s Evonna McGill was named player of the year and Green Wave coach Juan Smith was also honored as coach of the year. In District 11, South Rowan’s Janiya Downs was named player of the year.