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First Team: Lyric Swann, Long Reach (sophomore, guard)

Swann, just a sophomore, became one of the best all-around players in the league this season. She scored a career high 30 points against Ballou in the Title IX Holiday Invitational, netting six 3s in the game — also a career high. Defensively she made huge strides from her freshman season and has really come into her own as a complete two-way guard. She’s one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, averaging 28.3 percent behind the arc on 38-for-134 attempts. She finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.8 points, fourth in rebounds (4.1), second in assists (2.7) and third in steals (3.2). But what stands Swann apart is her character and toughness.

During the Lightning’s 3A regional final game against Atholton, the sophomore guard tore a ligament in her ankle a few minutes into the first quarter. She was noticeably in pain, but immediately stepped  back onto the floor and gutted through to aid her team with 12-points (tied for a team-high) on essentially one leg.

“Just the character of that,” said Long Reach coach Kelli Cofield. “She’s out 6-8 weeks with torn ligaments in her ankle and just the character of who she is every step of the way… staying after practice, always at a trainer. She is a student of the game, great kid and works hard. She is a special player, special kid.”

Photo courtesy of Israel Carunungan
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