Midlands players named to All-USA South Carolina Girls Basketball teams

Swansea guard Danae McNeal. Thomas Grant Jr. photos.

More honors were bestowed Wednesday upon Girls’ Basketball Co-Players of the Year Danae McNeal of Swansea and Olivia Thompson of Lexington.

The future Clemson University guard, Danae McNeal, was named Player of the Year for the Palmetto State by USA Today’s All-USA South Carolina team. She averaged 24.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game this past season for the Lady Tigers.

McNeal was previously named South Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior and earned a third consecutive Class 3A Player of the Year honor from the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association.

Joining McNeal on the All-USA South Carolina girls’ basketball first team was Thompson. A University of South Carolina commit, Thompson became Lexington’s all-time leading scorer and led the Lady Wildcats to the Region 5-5A title and first Lower State final in 40 years.

Lexington guard Olivia Thompson.

She averaged 19.9 points and 2.2 assists per game and was named the SCBCA Class 5A Player of the Year.

Rounding out the All-USA South Carolina first team list were forward/center Shayla Nelson (Goose Creek), guard Mya Burns (North Augusta), small forward Quadijah Moore (Greenwood) selected as the Class 3A Player of the Year each of the past three seasons.

Making the second team were guards Taylor Lewis (Spring Valley), Taylor Britt (Richland Northeast), Ta’laysia Cooper (East Clarendon), Unique Drake (Westwood) and Loyal McQueen (Wilson). Head coach Tim Baldwin of Class 5A champion Goose Creek was named Coach of the Year.

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