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3/12/2020 5:28:00 AM
Southern Piedmont Conference Basketball Awards
Lane Harrill and Felicity Fields were named Players of the Year.(Photos Courtesy of Scott Harrill & Daniel Schmitz)
Lane Harrill and Felicity Fields were
named Players of the Year.

(Photos Courtesy of Scott Harrill & Daniel Schmitz)

Coach Allen with her team(Photo Courtesy Daniel Schmitz)
Coach Allen with her team

(Photo Courtesy Daniel Schmitz)

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Bradley Gabriel of Lincoln Charter
was named the boys Coach of the Year.

(Photo Courtes Daniel Schmitz)

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The Southern Piedmont 1A Conference has named its All-Conference selections for the 2019-20 season as well as Players and Coaches of the Year.

Lincoln Charter had three players named All-Conference boys selections: Axel Holm, Sam Cogan and Troy Fulton. Cherryville had two: Lane Harrill and Lavonte Hughes. Others named All-Conference included: Justice Davis and Randall Pettus of Bessemer City; Kobe Christian and Will Porter of Highland Tech; Akeereion Flack and AJ Camper of Thomas Jefferson; Jayden Steele and Andrew Hendershott of Christ the King; and Vincent Davis of Piedmont Charter.

Named girls All-Conference were three players from Lincoln Charter: Felicity Fields, Lauren Horten and Natalie Hamlen; Janiya Adams and Heather Griffis of Bessemer City; Taylor Prioleau and Jayden East from Piedmont Charter; Christ the King's Jessica Hoagland and Jada Steele; Tereyha Bess from Cherryville; Maz Johnson of Highland Tech; and Thomas Jefferson's Kaitlyn Rowe.

Lane Harrill from Cherryville High School was named the boys Player of the Year. Harrill led his team in scoring with an average of 30.2 points per game. He also averaged 12.2 rebounds per game and had 86 assists, 62 steals and 17 shot blocks while committing only 9 turnovers in 28 games. Harrill will play at Mars Hill come Fall. At 6'4" he was the biggest player on the Ironmen's squad, but in college, he may be shooting three-pointers. Of his 786 points this season, 276 were from long-range shots so he's quite capable. For his high school career, he scored 1,548 points.

Felicity Fields of Lincoln Charter was named the girls Player of the Year. Fields led her team in scoring with an average of 14.5 points per game. She connected on over 32% of her three-point attempts, had 116 rebounds, 82 assists, 86 steals and 18 blocked shots. Fields played in 100 games over her four years at LCS, scoring 1,252 points for her team.

When Bradley Gabriel took over coaching the Lincoln Charter School boys basketball team in 2013-14, he began working on turning things around. The Eagles lost more games that season than they won, but they haven't had a losing season since. 20+ win seasons have become the norm at LCS. In 2017 they won a state championship and have been contenders every other year. This year's team went 27-3. Gabriel was named this year's boys Coach of the Year.

Like Gabriel, Kim Allen has established a winning tradition at LCS. Since she took over the girls program in 2015-16, the Eagles haven't had a losing season. This year's team went 21-6, 12-0 in the Southern Piedmont Conference. Allen was chosen at the girls Coach of the Year.

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