The accolades keep rolling in for the first girls’ basketball state champions in the history of Mount Airy High School.
Less than two weeks after point guard Jo Snow was named to the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team, she and backcourt mate Shaunae Sawyers were both nominated to the Associated Press All-State Team.
The duo were both honored following the Lady Bears’ 66-40 victory over Pamlico County in the 1A state finals on March 11 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Snow, a 5’2” junior, was named as the game’s Most Valuable Player, while Sawyers, a 5’5” junior, was named as its Most Outstanding Player for Mount Airy.
Snow averaged 15.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 3.3 steals for the Lady Bears, who posted a 30-2 overall record. She shot 46 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. With a season to go in her career, she is already a member of the school’s 1,000-point club. Snow, who has been on the All-Northwest Conference team all three seasons and on the All-District 11 team the last two, was the NW1A and District Player of the Year this past season.
Sawyers, who played in only a few varsity games as a freshman, was a revelation to many this year, when she made her full-time varsity debut and entered the Mount Airy starting lineup. She averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.9 steals while shooting 45 percent from the field. Sawyers had the team’s season-high for points when she hit eight 3-pointers and scored 30 in a semifinal win over East Surry in the Northwest Conference Tournament. In the West Regional final, where Avery County sold out to stop Snow, Sawyers burned them for 25 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Approximately 50 players from around the state were nominated to the team.
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