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North Augusta’s Young is South Carolina girls player of year

Posted: April 12, 2017 - 6:04pm
North Augusta’s Amari Young averaged 15.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 3.1 blocks per game.

NORTH AUGUSTA - Amari Young's first couple of years were about potential. Her junior season was about results.

The North Augusta standout didn't disappoint.

The Lady Yellow Jackets became more of an all-around force with several scorers on their way to a state championship, but Young's star shined as bright as ever.

Unfortunately for the opposition, the two-time Augusta Chronicle All-Area South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year still has another season to go.

"She's a beast. She goes after it," North Augusta coach Crystal Cummings said. "I'm glad to have her back next year, but I'll hate to see her go."

Young found a way to improve upon some of the best numbers in the area last season by averaging 15.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 3.1 blocks per game.

North Augusta's ability to get consistent scoring from several players contributed to the title, but Young was always the steady presence under the basket, hitting the mid-range jumper or adjusting to play defense outside.

Cummings saw Young hit her peak in the playoffs, and North Augusta dominated its four postseason opponents for the Class AAAA state championship. Young, however, chooses to focus on the team as a whole, fitting for the tight-knit group.

"Not a lot of people realize we had as many scorers as we did," Young said. "A lot of people stepped up on the team this season. Everyone increased on a lot of fields, a lot of their stats this season. To know that you have somebody on the team to look out for you gives you a lot of confidence."

Young said the pressure of trying to complete the perfect season and win a state title was felt as the year progressed, especially when the Lady Yellow Jackets returned to the semifinals aiming to get over that hump. They blew past Greenville in that game on the way to earning the trophy.

Now, with the core group of players returning, a new kind of pressure will reach North Augusta - repeating. Young will be a senior, and Cummings sees the potential for further development in her final season.

"We definitely want to repeat," Young said. "I think we can repeat if we can all step up and do more things. I think we can do it again hopefully next season."

 

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