Some of the area’s top returning girls’ basketball players:
Kennedy Boyd, Providence Day, Sr., 5-7, PG: UNC commit averaged 12 points and four assists last season for 8-time state champions.
A’Lea Gilbert, South Mecklenburg, 6-0, Sr., F: Appalachian State recruit averaged 13.3 points, 8.6 rebounds last season.
Destiny Johnson, East Lincoln, 5-8, Sr., G: Averaged 20.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.2 steals last season; has scored more than 1,500 career points.
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Dazia Lawrence, Mallard Creek, 5-9, Jr., G: Leading scorer (17 ppg) for N.C. 4A state semifinalist last season.
Evonna McGill, Ashbrook, 6-0, Sr., F/C: Averaged 17.5 points, 7.8 rebounds for a 27-3 conference champion.
Ahlana Smith, Mallard Creek, 5-9, Sr., G: Mavericks star committed to UCLA, is a 5-star national recruit.
Gabby Smith, Hickory Ridge, 5-11, Sr., F: Western Carolina commit helped lead her team to N.C. 3A state finals last season.
Others to watch
Renee Alquiza, Hough, 6-1, Sr., F; RiKoya Anderson, Rock Hill, Sr., 5-9, F; Nia Daniel, Hickory Ridge, 5-10, Jr., G; Claudia Dickey, Charlotte Latin, 5-10, Sr., G; Trinity Jones, Ashbrook, 5-7, Sr., G; Deniyah Lutz, Ardrey Kell, 5-9, Sr, G/F; Kendra Ross, East Rutherford, 6-3, Sr., C; Janay Sanders, Mallard Creek, 5-10, Sr., G;