Even though the season has been over for a month, the highlights and honors continue to pile up for Carroll County senior Mariah Carter.
Named the Region 4D Player of the Year in recent weeks, the Roanoke College-bound senior has also been named first-team all-state by both the Virginia High School League (VHSL) and the Virginia High School Coaches Association (VHSCA). In addition, Carter also played in the VHSCA State Girls’ All-Star Game at UVa-Wise on March 24. Carter scored six points in helping the Red team defeat the Blue team 81-74.
Carroll County head coach Marc Motley served as an assistant coach for the Red team. Carter was originally supposed to play on the Blue team (made up on West All-Stars), but heavy snow caused some players to miss the game. The West had 11 players and the East only had eight and were missing a coach who had a family issue. Motley filled in for the East coach and Carter switched to the East with Motley to even the numbers out.
“It was a good move because she would up winning,” Motley joked. “She scored six points and played well. I thought it was a big honor for her. Last year the state had two all-star games. This year they had one, so it was twice as hard to make the team. I texted her after the game and said, ‘Just think, you won your last high school basketball game and not many people ever get to say that.’”
Carter had a record-breaking senior season in 2018, leading Carroll County in scoring, steals, field goal percentage and free throw percentage as the Lady Cavs went on to win just the second regional title in program history. She also became one of just seven girls in school history to reach the 1,000-career point milestone and finished as Carroll County’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,180 points.
Motley didn’t realize it when the season first ended, but recently sat down to update some statistics and found that Carter set the school record for points in a single season with 513. The mark broke Carroll legend Erin Gibson’s record 512 points in 1999. As a team, Carroll also set a new scoring record this season with 1,768 points, breaking the 1999 team’s mark by a little over 30 points, Motley said. Finally, he said the 2018 Carroll team broke the school record for most assists in a season.
“Mariah was a huge part of all that. She is just a product of what she has put in over the last four years,” Motley said. “She works hard and you never heard a cross word from her. Her teammates love her to death and that may be the best thing about her. She comes with a great attitude every day, whether it is a practice, a game, open gym, or the weight room. She comes with a great attitude and she just loves to play.”
Carter led the team in scoring with 19 points per game despite sitting out many minutes due to blowouts. She finished second on the team in rebounds with 6.3 per contest. Defensively, she set herself up for many scores as she racked up a team-high 85 steals, or 3.15 per game, many of which she turned directly into layups on the other end of the court. Carter also led the team in field goal percentage (46.4 percent) and shot a team-high 75.2 percent from the charity stripe, making good on 82-of-109 free throws. She also connected on 32.1 percent of her 3-point attempts and hauled in 89 offensive rebounds, the second-highest total on the squad.
VHSL Class 4 Girls All-State Basketball team
Madison Green, Sr. (Millbrook), JaNaiya Quinerly, Fr. (Lake Taylor), Jordan Hodges, Fr. (Monacan), Nyla Young, Jr. (King’s Fork), Amari Anthony, Sr. (Millbrook), Jordan Poole, Soph. (Lake Taylor), Mariah Carter, Sr. (Carroll County), Camary Harris, Sr. (King’s Fork)
Terese Green, Sr. (Eastern View), Erika Reed, Sr. (Millbrook), Jasmine Talley, Soph. (Chancellor), Ajah Alexander, Soph. (Monacan), Jazmyn Doster, Jr. (Lake Taylor), Mya Thomas, Jr. (Deep Creek), Jackie Christ, Jr. (Dominion), Natalie Villaflor, Sr. (Loudoun County)
Player of the Year – Madison Green, Millbrook
Coach of the Year – Erik Green, Millbrook
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