Cadence Stewart of Greenbrier East has been named second captain of the AAAA | Sports

HUNTINGTON – Dionna Gray can pack another honor before she goes to play at Kent State University.

Huntington High School’s top bodyguard was appointed captain of the West Virginia AAAA girls’ national basketball team on Wednesday as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

The 5-foot scorer averaged 21.7 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 wins and 5.1 rebounds per season last season, leading the Highlanders to a 24: 1 record and the second national championship in a row.

“Dionna is a super fast quarterback and an excellent verbal leader,” Kent coach Todd Starkey said of Gray, Gatorade Player of the Year. “She is a relentless opponent with the ability to disrupt the defensive. In the offensive, Dionna has the ability to score at all three levels.”

Huntington coach Lonnie Lucas coached dozens of college players and four state championship teams. He said Gray, the daughter of former Marshall University men’s Chris Chris Gray, was one of the better he had on the sidelines in 54 years.

“She’s full of energy,” Lucas said of Gray. “Despite the score, she never has depressing moments. She’s very positive.”

As great as she was, Gray said she was far from the player she wanted to be.

“I’ve worked a lot on my swimsuit game and to release faster,” Gray said. “Shooting. My versatile game. I’m just trying to improve every aspect of my game.”

Gray’s teammate, 5-11 center Imani Hickman, joined her in the first team. Alderson Broaddus had an average of 9.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.2 gains, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game.

Jayda Allie’s Junior Cabell Midland scored first with an average of 15.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game, leading the Knights to the national semifinals.

Alexis Bordas of Wheeling Park, Morgantown of Sofia Wassick, Taleyan Boxley Buckhannon-Upshur of Shelby McDaniels and Bridgeport Junior Gabby Reep were also nominated for the first team. Bordas averaged 21.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 gains. She scored 50 points against Parkersburg South. Wassick scored 9.5 points per game and 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds. Boxley recorded 13.7 points and recorded 10.2 rebounds per game. McDaniels averaged 16 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 gains per game. Reep averaged 22.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.9 gains.

Junior Cadence Stewart of Greenbrier East was captain of the second team, which included Cabell Midland junior Jazmyn Wheeler, George Washington sophomore Finley Lohan, Parkersburg junior Brilynn Florence, freshman Wheeling Park LaLa Woods, Parkersburg South senior Skylar Bosley, rookie Spring Mills Kilah Dandridge and sophomore Morgantown . Lily Jordan.

Nationwide girls’ basketball basketball team, class 2022, selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association

The first team

Dionna Gray, Sr. Huntington, SR (captain)

Alexis Bordas, Wheeling Park, FR

Imani Hickman, Huntington, SR

Sofia Wassick, Morgantown, SO

Jayda Allie, Cabell Midland, JR

Taleyan Boxley, Capital, SR

Gabby Reep, Bridgeport, JR

Shelby McDaniels, Buckhannon-Upshur SR

The second team

Finley Lohan, George Washington, SO

Cadence Stewart, Greenbrier East, JR (Captain)

Briylnn Florence, Parkersburg, JR

Jazmyn Wheeler, Cabell Midland, JR

LaLa Woods, Wheeling Park, FR

Skylar Bosley, Parkersburg South, SR

Kilah Dandridge, Spring Mills, FR

Lily Jordan, Morgantown, SO

Honorable mention

Emily Anderson, Bridgeport; Hallie Bailey, Spring Valley; Trinity Balog, Parkersburg; Lindsay Bechtel, Morgantown; Kaitlyn Blake, John Marshall; Ava Bolen, Brooke; Sadie Boggess, Princeton; Olivia Bolduc, Spring Mills; Mackenzie Brezovec, Jefferson; Kyra Brown, the capital; Kendal Currence, Buckhannon-Upshur; Allie Daniels, Spring Valley; Natalie Daugherty, Wheeling Park; Brooke Davis, Greenbrier East; Abby Dillon, Woodrow Wilson; Lauren Dye, Hurricane; Corin Edsell, Spring Mills; Alaira Evans, George Washington; Kaila Fitzpatrick, Musselman; Catherine Hunnell, John Marshall; Amara Jackson, Huntington; Sadaya Jones, Morgantown; Justus Lee, Jefferson; Avery Lucas, Lincoln County; Samiah Lynch, Oak Hill; Olivia Mayer, Martinsburg; Alanna McKenzie, Riverside; Shayla Montgomery, St. Louis Albans; Haven Murray, Jefferson; Kelly Ours, Hedgesville; Dria Parker, Spring Valley; Samyah Riggin, St. Albans; Mary Rivera, Washington; Kisten Roberts, Parkersburg; Natalyia Sayles, the capital; Carsynn Sines, Preston; Natalie Smith, South Charleston; Hannah Stemple, University; Maddie Stull, Princeton; Daisha Summers, Greenbrier East; Jada Turner, Huntington; Hannah Wingrove, Parkersburg South; Olivia Ziolkowski, Woodrow Wilson

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