FLINT TOWNSHIP – A full season of high-scoring games has earned Carman-Ainsworth senior Sydnee McDonald a spot on the Associated Press Class A All-State girls’ basketball team.
McDonald was among 10 players voted to the first team by a 10-member media panel from around the state.
McDonald transferred to Carman- Ainsworth from Hamady in her junior year and sat out the first half of that season. She made up for lost time this season with five games of 30-plus points, including 38 in the season opener against Grand Blanc.
A 5-foot-9 guard/forward who could score from anywhere, McDonald averaged 24.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.4 steals and 1.5 blocks. She helped the Lady Cavaliers to a 15-9 record and was voted Most Valuable Player in the Saginaw Valley League-South Division.
McDonald has an offer from Central Michigan University and also has drawn interest from Eastern Michigan, Marquette, Illinois, Iowa, Niagara and Cleveland State.
Carman-Ainsworth teammate Natalia Kincaid, a 5-foot-9 senior guard/forward, received honorable mention on the All-State team.
Also on the first-team were Miss Basketball finalists Cierra Rice, a Grosse Pointe South senior who was voted the AP Class A Player of the Year, and Clarkston’s Ericka Davenport.
Also from the Flint area, Flushing junior Clare Glowniak made the first team, while Flushing’s Lauren Newman and Breanna Perry, Holly’s Kaitlyn Smith, and Lapeer’s Ashleigh Garcia and Samantha Thick received honorable mention. Flushing’s Larry Ford was honorable mention Coach of the Year.
Class A Girls All-State
The Associated Press has announced its Class A girls basketball All-State team, as selected by a panel of 10 Michigan sports writers.
Cierra Rice, Grosse Pointe South, Sr., Player of the Year
Mardrekia Cook, Muskegon, Jr.
Erika Davenport, Clarkston, Sr.
Siyeh Frazier, Detroit Renaissance, Jr.
Clare Glowniak, Flushing, Jr.
Amber Jamison, Rochester Adams, Sr.
Taylor Jones, Farmington Hills Mercy, Sr.
Tara Lierman, Holt, Sr.
Sydnee McDonald, Flint Carman- Ainsworth, Sr.
Breanna Mobley, Lansing Waverly, Sr.
Sam Thomas, Bloomfield Hills Marian, So.