Southwest Wake Athletic all-conference girls basketball team

mblake@newsobserver.comMarch 3, 2014 

  • SWAC all-conference girls basketball

    Player of the Year: Azura Stevens, senior, Cary

    Coach of the Year: Pat Daly, Cary

    First team

    Azura Stevens, senior, Cary

    Grace Hunter, junior, Athens Drive

    Mia Castagnero, junior, Apex

    Brianna Tate, sophomore, Holly Springs

    Aliya Ruffin, senior, Apex

    Jaria Martin, senior, Green Hope

    Second team

    Tiffany Finley, junior, Apex

    Hadiya Howard, senior, Holly Springs

    Briana McCrimmon, senior, Athens Drive

    Holly Hite, junior, Middle Creek

    Mallory Curtis, senior, Cary

    Caila Spruill, sophomore, Panther Creek

Cary’s Azura Stevens and coach Pat Daly took the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference’s top girls basketball awards, as voted on by league coaches.

Stevens, who will play at Duke next season, averaged 29.6 points and 18.2 rebounds per game this season. Daly guided the Imps to the SWAC title and a 21-4 overall record. It was Cary’s first conference title since 2005.

Cary also placed senior point guard Mallory Curtis (7.1 ppg, 4.4 assists) on the second team.

Apex had a conference-leading three players on the all-conference list with forward Mia Castagnero (averaged 8.2 points, 8 rebounds, 2.1 steals), guard Aliya Ruffin (12 ppg, 5.5 rebounds) and center Tiffany Finley (11.8 ppg, 5.8 rebounds).

Athens Drive’s Grace Hunter was second in the league in scoring (27.5 ppg), while teammate Briana McCrimmon (7.7) made the second team.

Holly Springs had a first-teamer in Brianna Tate (13.5 ppg, 3.6 steals, 3.9 assists) and a second-teamer in Hadiya Howard (10.2 ppg, 8.3 rebounds).

Green Hope senior Jaria Martin was the Falcons’ only selection, while Panther Creek placed Caila Spruill and Middle Creek placed junior Holly Hite (11.8 ppg, 8.8 rebounds).

1. Cary21-412-2
2. Apex20-511-3
3. Athens Drive15-910-4
T4. Holly Springs15-88-6
T4. Green Hope11-138-6
6. Panther Creek12-135-9
7. Fuquay-Varina6-172-12
8. Middle Creek4-200-14

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