USA Today’s All State Girls High School Basketball Team from North Carolina with King(Northwest Guilford) and Cunane(Northern Guilford) on Second Team

We are going to start with the Second Team All-State players since we have two young ladies from Guilford County, Cayla King(Northwest Guilford High School) and Elissa Cunane(Northern Guilford High School), on the Second Team and congrats to King and Cunane….

USA Today Girls All-State Basketball Team from North Carolina:
Kai Crutchfield, G, Millbrook (Raleigh), 5-9, Sr.
Alex Scruggs, G, Trinity Christian (Fayetteville), 5-9, So.
Cayla King, G, Northwest Guilford (Greensboro), 5-10, So.
Elisia Grissett, F/G, Hillside (Durham), 6-2, Sr.
Elissa Cunane, C, Northern Guilford (Greensboro), 6-5, Jr.


Josh Springer, Providence Day (Charlotte)
In a decade at Providence Day, Springer has built one of the greatest dynasties in North Carolina history. The Chargers (26-4) edged High Point Wesleyan, 58-57, to win a remarkable eighth consecutive Independent Schools 3A championship.

Player of the Year
Mikayla Boykin, G, Clinton, 5-9, Sr.
After missing two seasons to knee injuries, Boykin exploded for 37.6 points, 13.9 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 5.7 steals per game, leading the Dark Horses to the Class 2A state championship. She earned the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year Award and is an American Family Insurance ALL-USA First Team selection.

Janelle Bailey, C, Providence Day (Charlotte), 6-3, Sr.
Izabela Leite, G, Neuse Christian (Raleigh), 5-9, Jr.
Maya Caldwell, G/F, Davidson Day (Charlotte), 6-0, Sr.
Kayla Jones, F, Riverside (Williamston), 6-1, Sr.
CLICK HERE to read more about the North Carolina First Team members from USA Today….

Kai Crutchfield, G, Millbrook (Raleigh), 5-9, Sr.
Alex Scruggs, G, Trinity Christian (Fayetteville), 5-9, So.
Cayla King, G, Northwest Guilford (Greensboro), 5-10, So.
Elisia Grissett, F/G, Hillside (Durham), 6-2, Sr.
Elissa Cunane, C, Northern Guilford (Greensboro), 6-5, Jr.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of all of the State’s teams on the USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA squads….


  1. Really? Those five first-teamers are all better than Cunane? I guess we’ll see at the next level.

  2. Was wondering the same thing….They bring in some of the private school girls that had some large numbers, but how about the girls level of play on the Private School level…Don’t believe it can compare to what Cunane saw overall this season…

    Providence was #1 and WES was #2 and GDS was in the top four on the NCISAA 3-A level, and overall can the centers on those teams matchup or exceed what Cunane can do??? Don’t think so….

    Like you were saying, we will see on the next level and one of the kids that made first team over Cunane will be at N.C. State, so it won’t take long to find out where we are coming from….

    Still good to see Cunane/Elissa and King/Cayla get the recognition…..

  3. Too many only judge what they can see in their backyard. Cunane is outstanding and is in a class of her own without a doubt. The private schools have a lot of talent that you may not have seen if you were not going to games at GDS or WES when these players came to town. I have no problems with the first team picks. Boykin (Clinton) signed with Duke and would have put up 30-40 pts per night against any team in the area with her eyes closed. Bailey (Providence Day) was not only on the All American team but she is one of the strongest players coming thru NC in years. Cunane is a player that can play several roles but she would get hammered in the paint physically by Bailey. Bailey’s role at UNC is simple. Cover the paint because UNC has all of the guard play and shooters that you could imagine. Caldwell (Davidson Day) is very similar to Cayla King but taller (6’1″) and faster. She signed with Georgia but most ACC schools chased her for 4 years.
    The private school teams for girls is not as deep with talent at the boys but there is and has been a lot of talent locally and across the state to come out of these schools. I would also suggest that you reconsider the talent that you think exist in public schools today. If you take out Cunane at Northern, a few SW players and the NW team, most of the teams and players in this area are near terrible. It will be the same way next year. Only Northern, NW and SW will have teams worth anything.

  4. Even at 6’5 I think Cunane could take many of the Private School guards and wear them out….

    Almost like they say in baseball, Cunane is a Five-Tool player….Scoring, Rebounding, Blocked Shots, Assists, and she can handle the ball too….

  5. I think King, Cunane and Kitley are better than any of the girls in the private schools. The private school girls players can not keep up with or compete with King, Cunane and Kitley. That is the way it is anybody that knows girls basketball will tell you that.

  6. They all are good, but I still think the public school girls are better. Jones from Wesleyan can hang with some of the locals, but not the top three that were mentioned.

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