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Magnolia’s Mady Winters Earns First Team All-State in Girls Class AA Basketball

Photo by Kyle Lutz Magnolia’s Mady Winters was named First Team all-state in Class AA girls basketball by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Magnolia’s Mady Winter certainly put a cap on her prep basketball career. In less than three full seasons, she became the school’s all-time girls leading scorer with 1,531 points and also grabbed 1,000 rebounds. Coming back from an ACL injury that cost her most of her junior season, she averaged 28.1 points, 17.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game.

With such impressive numbers, Winters was named Class AA First Team all-state by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Skylar Davidson has had a storybook career.

As a freshman, the Wyoming East point guard tore her ACL and had to watch from the bench as her team lost in the Class AA state title game. The following year she again finished second, losing in the title game.

As a junior, she failed to qualify for the state tournament.

Tired of coming in second, she did something about it.

The senior went out with a bang, playing 94 minutes in three state tournament games.

In doing so, she guided her team to the Class AA state championship game, where East defeated Parkersburg Catholic 61-50.

Second place is now a thing of the past for Davidson, who will end her high school career with the highest honor in her classification as the captain of the Class AA first-team all-staters.

The all-state selection is Davidson’s third overall — she was a second-teamer in 2019 and a first-teamer in 2020. In her final season she averaged 16.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 6.3 steals per game.

Davidson embracing her role as the leader on and off the court was part of her team’s success. That included convincing her teammates to buy into the roles around her.

One such benefactor was sophomore teammate Abby Russell, who joins Davidson on the first-team.

Russell, a more than capable scorer as a guard, bought into what Davidson and her coaches were teaching and often guarded the opposing team’s best player. She finished the season averaging 10.9 points per game to go along with 4.6 steals per game.

Davidson and Russell aren’t the only pair of teammates on the first-team. Joining them are the Parkersburg Catholic duo of Aaliyah Brunny and Leslie Huffman.

Brunny, a senior, averaged 18.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.8 steals per game, capping her career with her fourth all-state selection. The athletic wing was the captain of the second-teamers in 2018 and 2020 and a first-teamer in 2019. She helped guide the Crusaderettes to 92 wins and four state tournaments, losing just one regular season game along the way.

Huffman, a junior, averaged 19.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game. She was a second-team all-stater as a freshman and notches her second consecutive first-team selection on the strength of a season that saw Parkersburg Catholic take a perfect record to Charleston for the second straight year.

Joining the East and Catholic duos on first-team are Magnolia’s Mady Winters, Ravenswood’s Annie Hunt, Frankfort’s Marie Perdew and Charleston Catholic’s Sydney Bolles.

Hunt, a senior, averaged 16 points per game. In her final season she helped revive Ravenswood, guiding the team to the state tournament for the first time since 2012. She was a second-team selection in 2020.

Perdew, a junior, averaged 25.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She helped the Falcons return to the state tournament after failing to do so a year ago. This is her first all-state selection.

Bolles, a senior, led Charleston Catholic back to the state tournament for the first time since 2018. She averaged 17.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game but some of her best work came on defense as she came away with 1.2 steals and an astonishing 5.5 blocks per game. The all-state selection is the first of her career.

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