Vance High’s Darnell Rhyne and Mallard Creek’s Ahlana Smith are the I-MECK 4A all-conference girls coach and girls basketball player of the year.
Rhyne led Vance to a 21-7 record this season. That was Vance’s first winning season in more than a decade and an improvement of 14 wins over the 2016-17 season, when the Cougars finished 7-17.
Smith, a five-star UCLA signee, led the Mavericks to the conference regular-season and tournament championships, ultimately guiding the Mavericks to their second straight N.C. 4A Western Regional championship appearance. Smith averaged 15 points, four rebounds and four assists this season for the Mavericks.
I-MECK All-Conference Girls Basketball Team
Coach of the Year Vance Darnell Rhyne
Player of the year Ahlana Smith, Mallard Creek
Hopewell Aniya Finger
Hopewell Syndni Duncan
Hough Renee Alquiza
Lake Norman Lauren Sullivan
Mallard Creek Janay Sanders
Mallard Creek Dazia Lawrence
Mooresville T. Cullen
Mooresville Alecsai Allen
North Mecklenburg Jessica Timmons
North Mecklenburg Courtney Lewis
Vance Tanajah Hayes
Vance Kyanna Morgan
Vance Amhyia Moreland
West Charlotte Kamiah Moore