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CREEDMOOR — The Northern Carolina 1A/2A Conference recently announced its postseason awards.
South Granville standout Bobby Pettiford was recognized as the 2018-19 Boys Player of the Year. Pettiford, a 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard, averaged 19.4 points per game and dished 4.9 assists per contest. He grabbed 5.5 rebounds and averaged 2.3 steals per game.
“Bobby does it all. He is incredibly efficient,” South Granville coach Jake Wohlfeil said. “His next-level explosiveness allows him to dominate games in all areas. He also increased in assertiveness this year which in turn increased in production.”
Anna Vann from Roanoke Rapids was the 2018-19 Girls Player of the Year.
Joining Pettiford from South Granville on the all-conference team are Wy’kise Allen and Micah Jones.
Allen, a 6-foot-3 junior, averaged 16.5 points per game and hauled down 8.5 rebounds for the Vikings. He averaged 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per contest.
“Wykise became a double-double machine down the stretch,” Wohlfeil said.” This included a 23-point, 20-rebound game against Bunn in the semifinals of the conference tournament. His mid-range game is one of the best in the area.”
Jones, a junior shooting guard, only played in 13 games during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 23.4 points per game with his season-high of 49 points coming against Vance County on Jan. 29. Jones shot 37 percent from beyond the arc and 88 percent from the free-throw line.
“There is a reason we went 11-1 with Micah, including not losing a conference game,” Wohlfeil said. “During that stretch he led the conference in scoring, including a 49-point game. He changed the way people had to defend us,”
Terence Harcum and Jamari Mann from Granville Central received all-conference honors.
In addition, Harcum was named the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association District 6 Player of the Year. The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard averaged 25.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.5 steals per game. He scored his season-high 45 points against Orange High on Nov. 30.
Mann averaged 15.6 points per game as a sophomore guard for the Panthers. He snatched down 3.5 rebounds and averaged 1.4 steals per contest. Mann shot over 34 percent from beyond the three-point line during the 2018-19 season. Mann was named to the third team of the NC Basketball Coaches Association District 6 list.
Webb placed Jay-Quan Pierce and Jamarion Dunkins on the all-conference list.
Jay-Quan Pierce, a sophomore guard, averaged 9.3 points per game for the Warriors. Jamarion Dunkins, a 6-foot-3 post player for Webb, played in 18 games during the 2018-2019 season. His season-high of 22 points came against Bunn on Dec. 7.
On the girls side of the ledger, Janson McFalls from Granville Central earned all-conference honors for the 2018-19 season. McFalls, a junior shooting guard, averaged 11.7 points per game for the 2018-2019 season. She shot 31 percent from beyond the arc for the Lady Panthers.
Tionna Jackson and Kaylin Bryant from South Granville were also named to the all-conference team.
Jackson, a senior speedster for the Lady Vikings, averaged 12.6 points and grabbed 9.4 rebounds per contest. She led the team with 4.8 assists and 4.5 steals per game. She finished the 2018-19 season with seven double-doubles.
Bryant, a junior for the Lady Vikings, displayed her versatility from the center position. Bryant averaged 6.7 rebounds per game. She doubled her scoring output from the previous season and finished with an 8.5-point-per-game average. She shot over 55 percent from the floor for South Granville.
Connita Evans and Naiesha Latta of Webb received all-conference honors.
Evans, a senior, was best known for her quickness and agility on the court. She averaged 2.4 steals per game. She could change the momentum of a game in a matter of seconds. Evans averaged 12.1 points per contest and dished out 1.6 assists per game.
Latta, a junior defensive specialist, averaged 2.1 steals per game. In addition to her defensive prowess, Latta tallied 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Lady Warriors.
Shelia Kearney from Vance County and Mike Rotolo from Webb were named coaches of the year.