LAURINBURG — Four of the starters from the Scotland High School girls basketball team were named to the All-Conference team, despite the fact that only one was even on the varsity roster last season.
Khasiya Sellers, Destiny Campbell, Ashyln Dial and ShanQaylia Stanton were named to the 12-man All-Southeastern Conference team released at the end of February.
Campbell was also named conference player of the year and first-year coach Janie Hodges was the co-coach of the year along with Danny Graham of Lumberton.
The Scots finished the season with an overall record of 11-9, and won the SEC with a 9-1 record. It did not always look like the Scots would have a successful season, however, as they got off to a 1-5 start. That rough start was due mostly to the youth of the team. There were only three upperclassmen on the roster, and Campbell, a junior, was the lone returning starter.
Dial is a sophomore but this was her first year on varsity, while Stanton and Sellers joined the team as freshmen after playing middle school basketball together at Sycamore Lane.
Developing a young team was rough at first, but eventually they came together, Hodges said.
Campbell said the hardest adjustment early on was learning to play with an entirely new set of players.
“I had to learn to trust the people on the court,” Campbell.
She did, and now the players are all very close, she said. Dial, a shooting guard, mentioned that the team shared an interest in dancing, something they would often do after practices or workouts.
Dial, who was the second-leading scorer for Scotland with her 10.4 points per game, said she grew a lot during the season.
“I got frustrated too easily and held myself back,” Dial said. “But I realized it’s not just me out there, I’ve got teammates and I can’t get frustrated because they have your back.”
Campbell averaged a double-double for the season, as she finished with 14.7 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. She also recorded 4.6 blocks per game as she was always a threat on both ends of the court.
Sellers scored 6.4 per game while averaging 9.5 rebounds. Stanton, who ran the offense from the point, scored 9.5 points per game and collected 6.4 assists per game.
Hodges, who joined the team over the summer from Pinecrest, said this was her first time earning co-coach of the year honors, and the first time she has had the conference player of the year on her team.
The only conference game the Scots lost came in the finale to Lumberton, after Mariah Locklear hit a three-point shot in the final seconds of overtime. That painful loss on senior night is already giving the players motivation for summer workouts.
“Our goal is to go 10-0 in the conference next year,” Campbell said.
“We’re going to come out stronger,” Dial added.
Others named to the team were: Shanquail Wall, Jade Evans and Kirana Keen, seniors from Richmond; senior Azaya Graham and sophomore Locklear from Lumberton; Jazmine Chalmers, a junior from Pinecrest and Mikala Lowry, a junior from Purnell Swett.
Guard Jordan Ratliffe was Scotland’s only selection on the boys All-Conference team.