In a memorable season for the basketball teams at Mount Airy and North Surry, it took the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year to keep the Lady Hounds from winning a state championship.
It took a second-team All-State selection to lead the Lady Bears to a title, and another one to prevent the North Surry boys from claiming theirs.
Mount Airy point guard Jo Snow was one of only two players representing a 1A school to earn a spot on any of the three NCBCA All-State teams for girls’ basketball. Snow, a 5’2” junior, averaged 15.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game in leading her team to a 30-2 record and the first 1A state title in the history of the Lady Bears’ program. She was named as the Northwest 1A Conference Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player of the state championship game, in which she scored 17 points and had six rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 66-40 win over Pamlico.
Snow’s citation on the NCBCA second team makes her an All-State performer in three different sports. She already holds the distinction in both indoor and outdoor track, by virtue of having won state titles in a number of events on the track during her sophomore and junior seasons.
The only thing that stood between North Surry and the 2A girls’ title this season was senior Mikayla Boykin of Clinton High School, who carried her team to a 59-49 win over the Lady Hounds with 31 points and five assists. For her efforts, the Duke-bound 5’10” guard/forward was named as the state Player of the Year.
North Surry’s boys were also stopped one win short of the state title, and in their case, senior Zach Hobbs of Northside-Jacksonville was the biggest culprit. Hobbs earned a spot in the NCBCA boys’ second team. Wendell Moore Jr., a sophomore from Cox Mill High School, won the boys’ Player of the Year honor.