HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Red Devils’ Cornwell named state player of the year by Associated Press

Published Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Newton-Conover High’s Chyna Cornwell scores against Bandys last season. She averaged a double-double for the Red Devils, who shared the state 2A title with Farmville Central, and on Friday was named the state player of the year by the North Carolina Associated Press./MICHELLE THOMPSON PHOTO

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

RALEIGH – Chyna Cornwell, who averaged a double-double and led Newton-Conover High to a co-state 2A girls’ championship, was named Friday as the top girls’ basketball player in North Carolina.

In voting by 15 writers who cover high schools around the state, Cornwell — a 6-foot-3 senior — had seven votes to earn the player of the year award on the North Carolina Associated Press team.

Cornwell, scoring 26.7 points and grabbing 16.7 rebounds for the Red Devils, earlier won a state player of the year award in voting by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCHSAA).

She cleared 2,000 points and 2,000 rebounds as a prep player and has signed to play at Rutgers.

Newton-Conover shared the state 2A title with Farmville Central after the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) board of directors voted to grant co-titles. The state title game could not be played because of the coronavirus.

Tristan Maxell of North Mecklenburg won AP’s Player of the Year for boys.

The state coaches of the year are George Stackhouse of Fayetteville Westover (boys) and Dee Hardy of Fayetteville E.E. Smith (girls).

2020 N.C ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-STATE BASKETBALL

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Boys: Tristan Maxwell, North Mecklenburg (7)

Girls: Chyna Cornwell, Newton-Conover (7)

COACH OF YEAR

Boys: George Stackhouse, Fayetteville Westover (5)

Girls: Dee Hardy, Fayetteville Smith (8)

ALL-STATE TEAMS

BOYS

Tristan Maxwell, N. Mecklenburg (14)

Jaden Bradley, Concord Cannon (12)

D’Marco Dunn, Fayetteville Westover (12)

Dontrez Styles, Kinston (12)

Lane Harrill, Cherryville (11)

Isaiah Todd, Raleigh Word of God (11)

Carter Whitt, Raleigh Leesville Road (10)

Dylan Blake, Kill Devil Hills First Flight (10)

Nick Farrar, Apex Friendship (10)

Breon Pass, Reidsville (8)

Josh Hall, Hudson Moravian Prep (7)

Cam Hayes, Greensboro Day (6)

Kalib Matthews, Henderson Collegiate (6)

GIRLS

Saniya Rivers, Wilmington Ashley (15, unanimous)

Chyna Cornwell, Newton-Conover (14)

Kennedi Simmons, Southeast Guilford (14)

Jacee Busick, Kernersville Glenn (13)

Reigan Richardson, Concord Cannon (13)

Jessica Timmons, N. Mecklenburg (13)

Anya Poole, SE Raleigh (10)

Skylah Travis, Weldon (10)

DaiJa Turner, Fayetteville Village Christian (9)

Mallorie Haines, Davidson Day (9)

Nevaeh Brown, Charlotte Mallard Creek (7)

Raven Preston, SE Guilford (5)

Abigail Wilson, W. Rowan (5)

Molina Williams, The Burlington School (5)

Shakira Baskerville, W. Forsyth (5)

Evan Miller, Charlotte Ardrey Kell (5)

VOTERS: Rodd Baxley, The Fayetteville Observer; Paul Durham, The Wilson Times; Patrick Ferlise, Winston-Salem Journal; Jackson Fuller, StarNews of Wilmington; David Kehrli, The Times-News of Burlington; Mike London, Salisbury Post; Josh McKinney, Hickory Daily Record; Brian Meadows, Statesville Record & Landmark; Chris Miller, The Daily News of Jacksonville; Jonas Pope IV, The News & Observer of Raleigh; Paul Schenkel, The News Herald of Morganton; Malcolm Shields, The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City; Joe Sirera, News & Record of Greensboro; Langston Wertz, Charlotte Observer; Brandon White, The Daily Dispatch of Henderson.

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