Best in girls basketball: JournalNow.com names its All-Area: Girls basketball team

The area's top girls players and coach this season, as voted by coaches:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR, Ahead

1.

EMILY HEGE

G, 5-feet-8, senior, North Davidson

Hege was a big reason why the Black Knights went 25-3 and reached the NCHSAA Class 3-A West Regional final. … A four-time all-conference selection and three-time conference player of the year. … N.C. Basketball Coaches Association’s all-state and two-time District 8 player of the year. … Triad All-Star Classic participant. … Will play at Wingate.

G JIANNA HOLMES

5-8, sophomore, Forsyth Country Day

Explosive point guard who impacted the game in numerous ways. … Holmes averaged 20.6 points, 5.8 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game for a Furies team that reached the NCISAA Class 3-A semifinals and finished 17-7. … PTAC’s player of the year. … NCISAA Class 3-A all-state.

3.

G ADELAIDE JERNIGAN

5-10, freshman, Bishop McGuinness

A freshman, Jernigan was the leading scorer for a Villains team that won the school’s 10th NCHSAA Class 1-A championship and finished 26-6. … Effective spotting up for 3s or driving on and posting up smaller defenders, the freshman averaged 17.7 points.

4. Oak Grove

F ZAIRE JONES, 5-9, junior

Strong inside presence for a Grizzlies team that won the Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference’s regular-season title and finished 20-6. … Jones averaged 19.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. … Should surpass 1,000 points for her career in next season’s opener.

5.

Reynolds

F ABIGAIL RICE, 5-9, junior

Rice was a big reason why the Demons went 18-7 and reached the NCHSAA Class 4- A playoffs. … Averaged 13.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists per game. … Two-time all-conference selection.

6. East Forsyth

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