Lexington County athletes dominate S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports Awards Banquet
A quintet of Lexington County female athletes were among 21 recognized Sunday by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports.
All were named Athletes of the Year in their respective sports and received award plaques during the organization’s annual banquet at the S.C. High School League office.
The list of local honorees included:
CLASS 5A BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Olivia Thompson (Lexington High School)
The University of South Carolina-bound guard and all-time leading scorer in school history averaged 19.9 points and 2.2 assists per game in leading Lexington to 24 victories, the Region 5-5A title and first Lower State final appearance in 40 years.
CLASS 3A BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Danae McNeal (Swansea)
The Clemson University-bound guard/forward averaged 24.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game this past season for the Region 5-3A champion Lady Tigers.
She was previously named state Player of the Year by both USA Today and Gatorade, earned a third consecutive Class 3A Player of the Year honor from the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association and was Lexington Chronicle Co-Player of the Year with Thompson.
CLASS 5A TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Kaniya Johnson (White Knoll)
The Lady Timberwolves’ freshman won gold in the 100, placed second in the 200, and fourth in the 400 meters at the S.C. Track and Field Championships in May.
CLASS 4A TRACK & FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Jayla Jamison (Airport)
For the second straight year, the Airport High School rising sophomore won the Class 4A award after reaping four gold medals (100, 200 and 400 meters and long jump).
CLASS 5A LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Jordan Green (Chapin)
The midfielder and recent Lady Eagle graduate led the program to their first-ever state title in Class 5A and undefeated season at 16-0. She finished with 63 goals and 33 assists this past season.
Thompson, Johnson and Green were in attendance for the ceremony.
“Before the season, I wrote down the goals that I wanted to have and this was one of them,” Thompson said. “So to accomplish it feels ready good.”
“I was so proud of myself to realize that I was the first female (track) athlete to win a state title at White Knoll High School,” Johnson said. “Once I realized that, it just made my day.”
“It was a long time coming,” Green said. “To see a championship was just my biggest accomplishment of my career. (Winning a state title and player of the year) It’s really incredible. I’m really excited.”