Mount Airy native Mikayla Seivers has received all-conference honors in college for the women’s basketball season.
The former Lady Bear is a junior point guard for Salem College. For the second year in a row, she has finished in the top 20 (19th) in the nation in assists per game in Division III.
In high school, Seivers wasn’t just a pass-first point guard — she was a pass-second and pass-third guard, as well, on a team with several three-point shooters.
This season, Seivers was asked to take on a bigger role after the loss of Quntashea Lewis, the 2015-16 conference player of the year.
Her assists went down only slightly — from 5.6 per game to 5.2 — but her scoring jumped from 11.4 to 16.5 per game, good enough for fourth place in the USA South Conference.
While she isn’t a long-range shooter (just 24 percent from deep), Seivers shot a very respectable 46.9 percent on two-point tries and 73.8 percent at the foul line, sixth-best in the conference among those with enough attempts to qualify. She was fourth-best at drawing fouls, getting to the line 122 times in 25 games.
Despite her small stature and petite frame, Seivers showed her willingness to battle for the ball, grabbing 5.8 rebounds a game and 30 steals for the season.
In 2015-16, Seivers earned a spot on the Great South All-Conference Team. However, that conference folded, and the Spirits joined the massive USA South Conference this season. With 16 teams, the league was split into East and West divisions.
Salem struggled in the new super conference, going 7-18. With so many teams, making the all-conference team was much harder as well.
Despite her outstanding play, Seivers was lost amidst the coaches’ praise of players on better overall teams. She didn’t make the all-conference first team, nor the West Division first team. However, she and teammate Sabrina Shepherd did make the second team for the West.
Seivers’ running mate in the backcourt was North Stokes’ Hannah McBride, a standout in basketball and track. The fellow junior scored just 4.9 points a game, but made an impact on defense with a team-best 2.1 steals. Like Seivers at just 5-foot-5, McBride was second on the team in offensive rebounds and averaged 5.8 total rebounds a game.
McBride’s high school teammate also had a strong season in the USA South.
Kelli Mounce is a 5-foot-3 point guard for Ferrum College, which also includes North Surry’s Erin March and Surry Central’s Brooke Lewis. All three are juniors.
Mounce had 118 assists, good for 36th in all of Division III. She scored 7.3 points per game on 37.3 percent from three-point range and 72.0 percent from the line. She also was second on her team with 35 steals.
March was second on Ferrum with 10.2 points per game, shooting 43 percent overall, 33.3 percent from deep and 72.5 percent at the line. The 5-foot-11 forward was second on the team with 7.1 rebounds and led the team with 46 blocks.
Lewis scored 6.7 points per game, grabbed 4.2 rebounds and was third on the team with 29 steals.
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