TOP 20 GUILFORD COUNTY/AREA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS 2009-10 (These are the top players in Guilford County whom everyone will be watching. They set the table for their respective teams success. They are the ones that colleges are lining up for.)
This list is not designed to short anyone, overlook anyone, or leave anyone out. It is based on what has been shown to happen with players as far as the results show. If a player was overlooked then please submit their name with facts because there are several categories for the players to fit into. TOP PLAYERS, TOP ROLE PLAYER, UNSUNG HEROES.
TOP 20 GUILFORD COUNTY/AREA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS 2009-2010:
Megan Buckland ( Bishop McGuinness Jr): 9.3 ppg, 4.7 apg: One of the top guards in the State and country. Has nice height and size for the position. Not very quick but makes up for it by being in the right position: Is being recruited by many Division I schools including the ACC.
Breonna Patterson ( Dudley Sr): 15 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 4.3 spg: Help lead Dudley to State Championship game along side Helen Terry (Charleston Southern signee). Scored a lot of baskets off of full court press and steals in games that Dudley dominated its opponents.Scored 22 points in the State Championship win 60-58 against Forrestview. Will need to show that she can run the show this year from the point guard position. Should sign with either a low major Division I school or a Division II.
Whitney Knight (formerly of Bishop McGuinness Jr): 10.1 ppg, 4.3 steals, 2…1 bpg: Has a height advantage on many opponents . One of the main reasons for two State Championships since she enrolled.Has a nice skill set but lacks quickness. Colleges love her height and that will bring many to the table. Heard she transfered.
Lakendra Wilkerson (Smith Sr): 14 ppg, 8 rpg, 3 spg. She is one of the main players as to the reason why Smith could challenge Dudley for the Conference Title this season. She has the quickness , agility and skill set that gives Smith a better post player than Dudley and that could cause problems. Look for her numbers to be about the same and if the rest of her team come to play, they could be one of the best surprises in Guilford County this year. Was a Third Team All Area selection and First Team All Conference in 2009.
Catrina Green ( Western Guilford Sr.) 14 ppg, 13 rpg, 3 bpg: Has shown continued improvement over the years. Had a break out season in 2009 and should continue progressing on a Western Guilford team that made great strides last season as they advanced to the second round of the State playoffs. Has the height and with a little more work on skill set, she should land on someone’s college campus next fall.
Kamille Horne (Southern Guilford Jr.) 14.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.1 spg. All Conference performer who did a great job of helping to restore respectability back at Southern. She spearheads a team that is on the rise and will be the main cog for a double digit win season . She has unlimited range and once she learns to put the ball on the floor and drive she could easily improve on last years performance.She is on several colleges radar syatem.
Zena Lovette ( Southwest Guilford Soph): 14.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3 apg: Had a very productive year and should continue to improve on a tough Southwest Guilford team. Has the speed and poise that creates havoc for the opposition. First Team All Conference and Honorable Mention All Area performer.
Cedrica Gibson ( High Point Central Soph): 10.9 ppg, 3 apg, 6 spg: First Team All Conference and Honorable Mention All Area. Came in to Central with a lot of anticipation and expectations. Her numbers should easily read 15 ppg, 6 apg, 3 spg this next season.She delivered very well and should be unstoppable this year and beyond. One if not the best guards in the city. Colleges are already lining up for her services. She has all the tools. She could be Conference Player of the Year.
Samantha Cofer (Northern Jr.) 16.5 ppg, 10 rpg, 3 spg, 2.5 bpg: She is by far the best skill post player in the area. She has put up great numbers for the past two years and has a nice jumper from around the perimeter that most post players do not have. Her numbers should climb in the 18 ppg and 10 rpg range. She can put the ball on the floor and score off the dribble. Was an All Conference Selection two years in a row. Third team All Area in 2008 and Second team All Area in 2009. Definately at least a Mid Major prospect at the next level. Look for college scouts to be present at many of her games.
Desiree Drayton (Dudley Jr.) 6 ppg, 8 rpg, 2.5 spg. One of the quickest small forwards in the area. Averaged 5.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 3 spg as a freshmen.Has the ability to out hustle and out rebound larger opponents. Grabbed 18 rebounds in the State Championship game which became the deciding factor for the Panthers win. Was a First Team All Conference Selection and have many colleges locally and nationally watching her every move. Scoring and rebounding should be in double figures this year.
Chevena Pickard (Page Sr): 15.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apg. 1.9 spg: Has the moxy to carry a team. As she goes, so goes Page. First Team All District. First Team All Conference. Little Four All Tournament Team. First Team All Conference in 2008 and Honorable Mention All Region in 2009. Should land on a college team come next Fall. She has the basketball acumen to make a coach at the next level very happy.
Capricia Smalls (Eastern Guilford Sr): 13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 spg, 4 apg, 1.8 bpg: Seems to have recuperated from a knee injury and is ready to lead Eastern Guilford. One of the best skill set players in the area. Has nice shooting touch and knows how to make good passes. One of the best shot blocking guards in the state. Has the size and ability for the position. If she remains healthy and with what she has to work with, Eastern Guilford and its new gym is going to be a welcome relief after being burnt down for three years. This is going to be a steal for a college that lands her if they have backed off because of the knee injury she sustained in her Sophomore year. First Team All Conference 2009. Second Team All Conference 2008: First Team All Conference 2007: Honorable mention All Region 2007 and 2008: Second Team All Region 2009: Don Amos All Christmas tournament team 2007. Co MVP in 2009. First Team All Conference Tournament Team in 2009 : Conference Tournament MVP 2009:Scored a career high 31 in Conference Championship game. Will reach the 1000 career scoring mark this season.
Gretchen Bennett (Northwest Sr): 16 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.1 apg: One of the best shooters in the county. Has a knack for getting open. Opponents hate to face her when she is on fire. She torched Smith for 32 points last season. First Team All Conference two years in a row. Third team All Area in 2009 and Honorable Mention in 2008. Should land on a Division II college campus. Needs to improve foot speed and defense.
Brittany Clancy (Western Guilford Soph): 14.5 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg. First Team All Conference and Honorable Mention All Area performer.. She has help to revitalize Western’s girls program. She has the smarts and intelligence to be a top performer through out her highschool career. Has the right size for the position. She has the green light at Western and now must learn to make better shot selections and incorporate her teammates which normally come with experience and leads to winning type basketball. Definately a college prospect.
Ayshia McNeil ( Southeast Guilford Jr.): 10 ppg, 4.2 spg, 3.7 rpg: First Team All Conference and Honorable Mention All Region performer who did an outstanding job in the absence of injured Player of the Year Amy Beasley 2008. She showed great poise and has the foot speed to throw opposing guards off balance. Her presence on the floor is a welcome entity as Southeast continues to dominate their division. If she continues to progress look for her to land on someone’s college roster come graduation time.
Melissa Floures (Northwest Guilford Sr.): 13.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 3.0 spg: Conference Player of the Year and Second Team All Area 2009: Her play help NWG dominate their division. She has nice inside moves and knows how to play the game. Good rebounder and post position player. Should get an invitation to play at the next level to either a Division I low to mid major or Division II school.
Denika Harden (Grimsley Jr.): 11.5 ppg, 2 apg: First team All District. First Team All Conference. Honorable Mention All Area. She burst on the scene this year after a stellar jv season and was one of the lone bright spots for a Grimsley team that has fallen on hard times since their four year run. She is very quick and has a good feel for the game. Needs to learn how to make better deisions with the ball at the point guard position for her team to be effective. Look for her numbers to rise because of more experience as she help bring back the shine to the Whirlies girls basketball program. A Division II or III player at the moment.
Megan Tate (High Point Central Sr.) The small/mid-range college hopeful is back in the fold and that should be detrimental for opponents. Her leadership and ability to knock down the long range jumpers with help elevate the young cast of Brittany Gwynn and Cedrica Gibson this year. They could easily have the best tandem in the area. All conference performer in 2008 season.
Ashley Dubose (Smith Sr.):An All Conference performer in 2009. The best overall guard in the city. She has all the tools to take over a game and the ability to set up other players. If she comes mentally and emotionally ready to play for the duration of the season this year, Smith team could become unstoppable and she could get an offer from a prospective college. A proven commodity that has been uproven in other areas at this point, which has nothing to do with her basketball skills. That change could happen this season.
Amanda Harriston (Dudley Sr.): Could be the best power forward not only in the area but in the state. Has shown during Dudley’s State run before losing in the Regionals semifinals 2008 that she can play.. She scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in one contest and had college scouts drooling. She has the right size for the position and the athleticism as well. She could easily average a Double-Double and could help Dudley reach the finals again. She did not play in 2008-09 season, but that has not stop college coaches from inquiring. Someone will take a chance on this one and if all things are in place for her, she will be playing at the next level.
BEST ROLE PLAYERS IN GUILFORD COUNTY/AREA 2009-10:( Role players are players that help teams consistently win games and on any night they could also be the leader when the leader(s) are struggling)
Molly Tahmaseb (Northern Sr): A very valuable player that takes the pressure off of Smantha Cofer. Does a great job rebounding and can score. Look for her to have a break out season this year. Has scored in double figures several times. A great player that will on many nights lead Northern to victory. 15 point per game and 7 rebounds should not be difficult. A definate college prospect.
Kelly Tessitore (Northern Sr): Shows great leadership: An All Conference performer in 2009. Has a nice mid range shot that keeps defenses off balance. Should be an All Conference performer again this season and look for her numbers to be up. Definately a 13 points and 7 rebound player. A Division II prospect or low mid major Division I.
Tiana Bowden (Grimsley Jr): 9.5 ppg, 3.0 apg: A player who made great strides. A Honorable Mention All Area and Don Amos All Christmas Tournament Team performer. She teams up with Darden to give the whirlies a formadible back court. Has good quick feet and pressures on defense.
Kierra McIvor (Dudley Jr): Played a key role as a back up to either Helen Terry and Breonna Patterson. Very versatile who can handle the ball and run an offense. Greatest strength is being fundamentally sound in a system that is predicated to whole court pressure. Her ability to pass is going to be key in Dudley success this season. Averaging double figures is in reach. A college prospect whose stock could rise even further with a healthy and productive season.
Brittany Drew (Page Jr): Showed great strides this season that should give Debbie Jones a great deal of optimism. She showed the ability to handle the ball and can knock down the mid to long range jumper. Her ability to score should take a lot of pressure off of Chevena Pickard. Look for her to start and finish strong like she did at the end of last season by scoring in double figures in six of the last seven games. She averaged nearly 8 ppg while contributing nearly 3 apg. A low mid major to Division II college prospect.
Brittany Gwynn (High Point Central Jr.): 13.8 ppg, 5 rpg: An All Conference and Honorable Mention All Area performer. One of the most tenacious defenders in the area. A very solid speed type player that plays under control. Only a role player because of the stardom of Cedrica Gibson and Megan Tate. She has already cemented her niche because of what she does on the court and college scouts are watching.
Hannah McIntosh (NWG Sr.): 8.5 ppg, 7.0 apg, 1.8 spg: An All Conference performer in 2008 and 2009. Honorable Mention All Area in 2008 and 2009. Little Four All Tournament Team 2009.She directs Darlene Joyner’s offense and does a great job of setting up Flores and Bennett. Has a good feel for the game and knows how to position herself on the floor. One of the States top assists leaders according to NC Preps..com. Should land up on a Divsion II or III college campus.
Shannon Buchannan (Southwest Jr): 10.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg: An All Conference performer in 2009 and Honorable Mention All Area in 2009. A good player who plays her position well. Definately a double-double performer in the making and that should surface this year. She is one of the main ingredients for a super talented team. Needs to learn to hit the mid range jumper to take game to next level. Because of size for position low major to Division II schools should be in the mix.
Portia Oakley (Page Sr): One of the best defensive players in the county. She takes the pressure off of Chevena Pickard by covering the opponents top scorer. Has shown on occasions that she could score by scoring 17 points in one of the games this past season.She does all the dirty work that helps lead Page to wins. A two year starter who should have a break out senior year with the ability to hit open jumpers. Could be a good find for a Division II or Ill college.
Zhayquondalee Greer ( Smith Soph): 10 ppg, 4 apg, 4 rpg, 2 spg: An Honorable Mention All Area selection has shown that Smith program is in good hands in the years to come. She can hit the long range shots and plays adequate defense. Must learn to become most consistent which will come with experience. She should have another solid season and contend for All Conference honors. Longest name of any girls player.
Amerijah Jamison (Eastern Guilford Sr.): An All Conference performer in 2008. Second Team All Region 2008. All Conference Tournament in 2009. Honorable Mention All Conference in 2009. One of the best rebounders in the State. Finished eight in the State rebounding 11.5 as a Freshmen. Averaged 10.7 and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore. Averaged 8.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3.2 spg as a junior. Has the ability to knock down the three and has a career high of 24 points in a State playoff game in 2008. A divsion II or III player.
Lindsey Inman (Southern Guilford Sr.): An All Conference performer in 2009 who help SG become a very competitive team. She gets great body position for rebounds and is an adequate scorer with a soft touch. Needs to increase foot speed to help get SG to the next level. A great productive season would be 10 ppg and 10 rpg.
Brittany Price (Southeast Jr): A very good tough nose player that has a good feel for the game. Very effective around the basket with good athletic moves and has the ability to finish well. A very good rebounder and once she start to knock down the mid range jumper on a consitent basis her numbers will be in double figures. Averaging 12 ppg and 7 rpg is well with in range. Left handed players are always very effective. She will be one of the main reasons why SE will be one of the top teams again even though they lost Amy Beasley and Paris Alston (SC State signee); Should be an All Conference performer with the added responsibilty. A low mid major to Division II player.
Kristin Crosby (Eastern Guilford Sr): A three year starter for a team that has won two conference championships, One Conference Tournament Championship and has advanced to the Sectional State Champiosnhip two years in a row. Her play has been critical in the teams success. She has the ability to knock down the three or score inside if needed. A Honorable mention performer in 2009. Had a career high of 19 points against Southern Guilford. A better than average rebounder who snares around 6 per game and leads the team in taking charges. Averaging 10 points or better is definately in range because of her skill set. She is on a team with five returning starters. A division II college prospect.
TOP UNSUNG HEROES OF GUILFORD COUNTY/AREA:( A player that performs no matter what happens or whom they are playing. They tend to always come up in discussions but are not the main discussion. Normally they are many times the second or third leader of their respective teams.)
Arika Shay Jones (Reidsville Sr): Averaged 14.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.8 bpg: An All Conference and Honorable Mention All Region performer in 2009. A very good player who sat in the shadows of two time Player of the Year (Elisha Harriston: Elon signee). She was one of the main reasons that Reidsville had a winning season. She had a career high of 30 points in a contest and played her role very well. She will be counted on very heavily this year and should contend for Player of the Year Honors. Definately a college prospect. Burst on to the scene this year.
Sequaya Jackson (Andrews Sr): An All Conference performer who sat in the shadows of Tonisha Baker (Campbell signee). She averaged 12 ppg, 6 rpg and help lead Andrew to a solid season. Her stepping up her game this year could help them be even better. Look for her to be in the 14-15 point range and show the leadership that leads to wins.
Miranda Jenkins (Eastern Guilford Jr): An All Conference performer in 2008 and 2009: Runnerup Player of the Year 2009: All Conference Tournament performer 2008 and 2009: Honorable Mention All Region 2008 and 2009: Honorble Mention All Area 2009: Don Amos All Christmas Tournament Team 2008: Team Co MVP 2009: A player that plays both ends of the court. Scored 338 pts(12 ppg), 140 assts(5.0 apg), 133 rebs(4.75 rpg), 62 stls(2.2 spg), 56 blks(2.0 bpg) as a Freshmen after starting the last 13 games of the 28 game season. Scored 460 pts (16.4 ppg), 169 rebs (6.03 rpg), 159 assts (5..7 apg), 72 stls(2.7 spg), 51 blks (1.8 bpg) in Sophomore season. Help lead the team to two consecutive Conference Championships, Conference Tournament Championship and advanced to State Sectional Championship game both years. As a Freshmen she had the highest production average than any player in the area in post season playoffs play. (26.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 8.0 apg, 2.66 spg, 5.0 bpg). As a sophomore she led in post season play with 20.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 7.6 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.3 bpg). Had a career high of 33 points in a first round double overtime playoff win against Goldsboro with the tying shot to send it to the second overtime and scored 27 points and scored the winning basket in the upset win against NW Halifax and Wake Forest signee Lakeesa Daniels 63-61 during her Freshmen year. One of the best shot blocking guards in the area andis an uncanny crafty player that sneaks up on you. Should reach her 1,000th career scoring mark some time during the year. A quiet leader with a passion for winning and a good skill set that works hard. Could be a major surprise when it comes to recruiting Local, State and National women basketball players.
Chell Jackson (Dudley Jr): Played many key minutes for the Panthers this past season and has been on varsity for two years. A very quick and strong player. Should have a more added role this year with the graduation of Porsha Roach and Jessica Farr. Will surprise some with her ability to score. Had a career high of 11 points this past season and could average that. Will not get the media attention that Breonna, Amanda and Desiree will get, but her performance will be much needed. Could win the Most Improved Player Award for the Panthers and make All Conference if the Panthers dominate like they did in 2009. Definately on path for a Divsion II college. A great season and more confidence in her shooting ability could elevate that.. There will be several college coaches in the stands watching Dudley this year and she could catch one of their eyes.