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County hoops duo honored

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IL Felder, AJ's Wright earn all-state

By Robert Howey

 

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Two Lancaster County prep basketball stars are reeling in the hoops honors for their play in the 2012-13 high school season.

Andrew Jackson High School senior center Bre Wright and Indian Land freshman guard Rakym Felder have been named to Class AA all-state teams.

In addition, each player was selected as the Region IV-AA Player of the Year.

Wright, in her senior campaign, led the Lady Volunteers to a 17-5 record and a tie for first place in the Region IV-AA race at the end of the regular season.

The AJ girls, who finished ranked ninth in the final regular-season Class AA poll, were the Region IV-AA runners-up to Cheraw, which has advanced to third-round play after a 40-38 win over Fairfield Central of Winnsboro on Friday night.

Wright averaged 12.7 points per game with 8.8 rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals.

“Bre had a great season,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “She didn’t score as much as she did in the past, but she didn’t need to. We had our share of weapons on this team and we were more balanced this season.

“This is a nice award for her and she’s most deserving,” Farmer said. “Bre has been the backbone of this AJ team for a number of years.”

Wright, who played five seasons at AJ, has battled injuries throughout her career, as she tore the ACL in both knees during her career. She was injured in her eighth-grade year and as a sophomore.

“She’s battled through tough injuries during her career, but she endured and returned each time determined to give it her best,” Farmer said. “Most players would have stayed on the sidelines with these major injuries, but she didn’t and came back to have a tremendous career. She’s an inspirational to keep fighting and battling.”

Wright, in her junior season, was The Lancaster News’ 2012 Girls Basketball Player of the Year, leading AJ to a runner-up finish in region play.

She led the county in scoring, 15.3 points, and rebounding, 15.2, after joining the Lady Vols’ squad just after the Christmas break.

Wright is a three-time all-region selection and has been named to the Class AA all-state squad for two straight years.

Wright, in her final regular-season home game in a win over Central of Pageland, reached the 1,000-point mark in her AJ career.

Indian Land’s Felder has also produced a stellar season for the No. 5 Warriors, who entered second-round play Saturday night with a 22-2 mark, including a 10-0 region record for their first league basketball title since the 1970s.

Felder, an IL freshman, is averaging 19 points and two rebounds a game for the Warriors.

“Rakym has had an outstanding season and he’s deserving of any accolade he receives,” Indian Land coach Nate Smith said. “I’m so proud of Rakym because he put in a great deal of work over the summer to be ready to step in and contribute in a big way for our basketball team.

“I don’t know many freshman who could come in and play the way he has this season,” Smith said. “This is a team honor and we all share in this accomplishment.

“Credit goes to Haydan Sawyer for his solid leadership and Darnall Rodgers for his unselfish play,” Smith said. “They feed off each other and motivate their teammates to give it their best effort each time out.”