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A pair of Lancaster High School senior basketball stars – center Phoebe Johnson and guard Kyia Hough – will be in the state spotlight in upcoming prep all-star basketball games Saturday, March 22.
Johnson, a three-year varsity player, will play in the 17th annual Carolinas Classic, an all-star game which features the Carolinas top senior players at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach at 6:30 p.m.
Hough has been selected for the annual North-South All-Star girls game at Lexington High School.
Both players played key roles in helping the Lady Bruins capture the Region III-AAAA girls championship, the Lancaster High girls’ first since the 2005 basketball season.
The LHS girls went 16-5, including a 14-0 record in region play on the way to the league crown.
“I’m extremely proud of these girls and what they have accomplished this season,” said LHS girls coach Ronnie Robinson, who earned the Region III-AAAA Coach of the Year for girls basketball. “Phoebe has worked hard to improve her game and this all-star selection reflects her effort to take her game to the next level and be selected for an all-star game which draws the best players in the Carolinas. It’s great for our team to be represented by two players in all-star games.”
Johnson, an all-state and all-region pick, averaged 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game this season for the Lady Bruins.
She and Hough were co-recipients of the Bruin Award at the annual LHS winter sports awards night on Wednesday, March 5 in the school’s auditorium.
Prior to the season, Johnson signed to play college basketball at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
“Phoebe was determined to improve her game,” Robinson said. “She was also a good teammate. If she got in foul trouble and had to go to the bench, she was still in the game boosting her teammates.”
Johnson, as a junior, helped the playoff-bound Lady Bruins, averaging 11.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and three blocked shots per game.
She was consistent throughout the LHS girls’ season, posting 10 double-doubles – double figures in points and rebounds.
She earned the Bruin Award, all-region honors and was named to the all-tournament team at the 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness tourney at Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro.
In her sophomore season, Johnson was selected as the Region III-AAAA Newcomer of the Year, averaging 7.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a game.
Hough, a Western Carolina University signee, produced a stellar senior campaign after missing her junior year with a knee injury, a torn ACL meniscus.
Hough, the Region III-AAAA Player of the Year for girls basketball, hit 15 points a game with 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals a game.
She was a five-year player with the Lady Bruins, earning a starting spot as an eighth-grade player.
As a sophomore, Hough averaged 14 points a game for the Lady Bruins to go with 4.4 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.4 rebounds.
In her freshman season, Hough reaped all-region and team MVP honors, averaging 13 points and three assists per game.
“Kyia came back from the injury in her junior year to have an outstanding senior season and earn a chance to play in an all-star game,” Robinson said. “She worked hard to get herself back to a high level. She displayed good leadership and encouraged her teammates.
“Kyia made us a more aggressive team,” Robinson noted. “She brought a lot of positive energy to the team.”
The North-South All-Star girls game will be played at 1 p.m. at Lexington High School.