Two Lady Prospectors Named to All-Black Canyon Region

Apache Junction sophomores Maya Richardson and Kylee Vanwormer were named to the all-4A Black Canyon Region girls basketball first team, as selected in a recent vote of the region’s coaches.

In 15 games, Richardson scored 268 points (17.9), had 86 assists (5.7), 49 rebounds (3.3), and 41 steals. Maya made 58 percent of her total field goal attempts, hitting 104 of 179.

Vanwormer scored 125 points (7.8), grabbed 37 rebounds (2.3), and had 36 steals. She connected on 39 percent of her field goal attempts (48 of 122).

Both were solid from behind the arc – Richardson hit 41 of 80 3-pointers (51 percent), while Vanwormer connected on 20 of 65 (31 percent).

Richardson and Vanwormer were joined on the region first team by Alisia Salazar of Phoenix Washington, Zhira Cephas and Delaney Howard of Scottsdale Coronado, Jasmine Stokes of El Mirage Dysart, and Mercedez Ramirez of Phoenix Cortez.

Hallie Tucker and Brianne Harris of San Tan Valley Combs were named to the second team, along with Alaya Lewis and Crystal Calderon of Washington and Ermira Haliti of Cortez.

No honorable mention selections were made, though three AJHS freshmen – McKayla Adams (top rebounder, 9.5), Kaylee Smith (assist leader 7.5) and Madonna Parker (steals leader, 4.3) – turned in strong contributions in their first varsity season.

The Lady Prospectors finished 9-9 overall, 6-4 in region play.

Photo above: Maya Richardson (left) and Kylee Vanwormer, AJ’s all-Black Canyon Region first team selections. (Photos by Bill Wooster)

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