by Lee Noles
WAXHAW – One of the best seasons in the relatively young history of the Cuthbertson High girls’ basketball program resulted in the Cavaliers placing the most on the all-Southern Carolina Conference team.
The Cavaliers had freshman Maddie Dillinger and sophomores Lillian Anderson and Lauryn Hardiman make the honorary squad, which includes Parkwood’s Molly Setliff, who was chosen as player of the year.
Dillinger, a 6-foot forward led the Cavs in scoring, averaging 13 points per game. She was also second on the team in rebounds at 8.1 per game.
Anderson topped Cuthbertson in rebounds (9.7). She finished second on the team in steals (2.5) and points (12.4). Hardiman topped the team with 4.2 steals per game to compliment her 9.8 points per contest.
Cuthbertson won the Southern Carolina Conference regular season after finishing 12-2. The Cavs also reached 20 wins for the first time in the program’s history, resulting in Cavs’ coach Joel Allen being named coach of the year.
Parkwood finished one game behind Cuthbertson in the regular season standings, reaching the state 3A playoffs with Setliff leading the team in points (17.4), steals (4.6) and assists (3.1). She was also second on the team in rebounds (5.3).
Weddington placed two on the squad with Erin Addison and Karrah Katzbach representing the Warriors. Addison, a senior, led the team in four categories, including scoring (17.6 per game), rebounds (6.2), steals (3.5) and assists (3 per game). Katzbach, a sophomore guard, was second on the team in points at 15 per game. She was also second in steals (2.5) and assists (1.3).
Much like the Warriors, Piedmont also placed two of its players on the all-conference team with seniors Sarah Griffin and Carolina Tripp making the squad. Tripp led the Panthers in scoring (13.6 per game), assists (3.1) and steals (2.3). Griffin led the team in rebounds (7.4) while also finishing second in scoring at (12 per game) for the Panthers, who reached the state playoffs.
Marvin Ridge and Monroe each placed one on the all-conference team. Sarah Hardwick represented the Mavs, while Jasmine Reddick made it for the Redhawks. Hardwick, a junior, averaged 7.5 points this season, while also contributing 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Reddick averaged a double-double for Monroe, scoring more than 11 points per game to go along with 10.7 rebounds. She was also second on the team with nearly two blocks a contest.
Sun Valley’s Amanda Cherry makes the team for the second year in a row after the senior guard lead the Spartans to the conference tournament championship as the league’s lowest seed. Cherry averaged 26.6 points per game in the conference tournament, including 34 in an upset win over Cuthbertson in the opening round. Cherry scored 20 or more points in five of the last six games of her high school career. She scored 24 in an opening round loss in the 3A playoffs to Northern Guilford, which is ranked second in the state, according to maxpreps.com.
Cherry finished her senior year averaging 18.9 points per game to go along with 2.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals. Charlotte Catholic also reached the state playoffs this season. Sophomore Dana Bartolina made the all-conference team for the Cougars. Bartolina was the only Catholic player to average double figures this season after she scored 11 points per game. She also led the team in steals at 3.3 per game.