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Scotland’s Thompson, McClain, Hammonds named to All-SAC women’s basketball team | Laurinburg Exchange

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LAURINBURG — Scotland women’s basketball players Morgan Thompson, Alicia McClain and Madysan Hammonds were named to the 2024 All-Sandhills Athletic Conference team that was recently released.

It’s the third All-Conference selection for Thompson and McClain and the second for Hammonds.

“It helps the program and lets girls know that, you work hard, you can be successful and get the accolades after the season for your hard work,” Scotland coach Roshien McClain said. With Madysan making it her second time and Morgan and Alicia making it their a third time, just shows the work that they’ve been putting in.”

Thompson, a junior who was the 2023 SAC Player of the Year, led Scotland with an average of 19.0 points in 28 games this season. While not all player stats have been entered for other categories, Thompson averaged 5.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.8 steals in 23 of her games.

McClain, also a junior, averaged 14.7 points in 28 games, with 9.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 5.2 steals and 3.7 blocks in 23 of them.

Thompson and McClain were also named All-District by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association, with Thompson a part of the District 4 second team and McClain on the third team. It’s Thompson’s second year receiving the honor, as she was on the third team last year.

“It just shows the work and also the acknowledgement of other coaches that your work — everybody don’t see your work, but when people, other places see it and vote you for things, it lets you know that you’re doing what you’re supposed to do,” Roshien McClain said. “And I heard from other coaches when we played them, how good they are, how good of a team we have; it’s still a team game, but they make the ship go the way it needs to go most of the time.

“And like I always say, they’re probably two of the most unselfish players on the team. And they understand that they need other players to step up and other players to score and all this and that. But when it comes down to it, when we need that go-ahead bucket or that or that go-ahead defensive play, those two are at the forefront of that.”

Hammonds, a senior, was a sharpshooter from deep who averaged 7.6 points and 2.1 made 3-pointers a game in 28 games, with 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 23.

Richmond’s Jamyia Lindsey was voted the SAC Player of the Year, and Richmond coach Teddy Moseley earned SAC Coach of the Year — which was awarded to Scotland coach Roshien McClain last year.

The All-SAC men’s basketball team will be revealed in the coming days.

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