GREENSBORO — East Surry’s Keri Fulp leads a strong West team in the annual East-West All-Star Game Monday in the Greensboro Coliseum.
The West team won the game last year behind area players Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy), Morgan Midkiff (North Surry) and MVP Paige Love (Wilkes Central). The West looks to have a strong front line this year, anchored by Fulp, who will attend Wake Forest via an athletic grant-in-aid.
Appearing in the all-star game is just the latest honor for Fulp in a year filled with awards.
After winning conference player of the year in volleyball back in the fall, she spent the winter building her case for the same award in basketball.
The 6-foot-3 center averaged 16.1 points, 12 boards and 3.1 blocks per game for the Lady Cardinals. She shot 51 percent from the floor and vastly improved her foul shooting to 78 percent.
During the course of the season, she cracked the 1,000 mark for both career points and rebounds.
Since the end of the regular season, Fulp was named to her fourth Northwest All-Conference Team and was named Northwest player of the year. Then she was named District 11 player of the year and was a member of the All-Northwest regional team. She took part in the North Carolina/South Carolina all-star game and was named 2012-13 Ms. Basketball for all of North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer.
“The all-star games provide a wonderful opportunity for North Carolina to showcase its talent prior to the athletes leaving for college,” said Fulp. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to play. I hope to connect with other athletes as we move forward to the next chapter in our lives.”
While her competitive spirit will drive her to want to win, Fulp added, “The main thing is for us to go out and have fun.”
Fulp, who was class valedictorian and National Honor Society president, said she plans to major in biophysics with an eye toward a career working as an environmental engineer, possibly for the United Nations.
Fulp will play with future Wake Forest roommate and teammate Milan Quinn of Berry Academy.
Quinn is only an inch shorter than Fulp at 6-foot-2, but can play on the wing so the two won’t compete for playing time. This past season she averaged 18 points, 7.3 boards, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals. Like Fulp, Quinn also played volleyball and was co-player of the year in her conference.
“I’m excited to share in this accomplishment with my teammates and other all-stars,” said Quinn. “I hope to gain an understanding of what it takes to play at the next level by playing with and against some of the best of my peers.”
Also on the West roster is Amanda Coffer, Northern Guilford, a 6-foot-1 forward/center. As a senior, Coffer averaged 14.1 points per game and was the state leader in blocked shots at 6.5 per game.
Mylia Garner, Jordan-Matthews, is a 6-foot forward who averaged 19.2 points and 5-5 rebounds. She is Jordan-Matthews’ all-time leading scorer with 2,219 career points. As a junior, she was named the NCPreps.com 2A Player of the Year.
Terri Rogers, Eastern Alamance, a 6-foot forward/center, averaged 15.4 points and 12.7 rebounds.
The East team has its share of stars as well. Two of them earned state player of the year honors from different groups.
J’Kyra Brown, Rocky Mount, earned player of the year honors from the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. Brown, a 5-foot-11 guard averaged 25.5 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior.
Ryan Flowers, Millbrook, is a 6-foot-1 forward/center who led her team to the 4A state title. Along the way, she was named most outstanding player of both the Eastern regional and the state championship. She was the player of the year as chosen by the Raleigh-based News and Observer.
No. First Name Last Name Pos. Ht. School
4 Mylea McKenith G 5-7 Hillside
10 Whitney Bunn G 5-7 Bunn
12 J’Kyra Brown G 5-11 Rocky Mount
20 Deanneisha Jackson F/C 6-2 Harnett Central
24 Amber Doniere F/C 6-0 Laney
30 Jordyn Smith F/C 5-10 Hillside
32 Briana Day F/C 6-4 Millbrook
34 Ryan Flowers F/C 6-1 Millbrook
42 Diamond Tyson G 5-5 Carrboro
52 Kelsey Daniels C 6-0 Rocky Mount
Head Coach Grady Williams Weldon
Assistant Coach Janie Cofield Pasquotank
No. First Name Last Name Pos. Ht. School
4 Jasmine Huntley G 5-4 Porter Ridge
10 Kenya Hailey G 6-1 Southeast Guilford
12 Alexis Armstrong G 5-8 Forestview
14 Tatum Jarvis G 5-10 Mount Tabor
20 Imani Williams G 5-5 Freedom
22 Milan Quinn G 6-2 Berry Academy
32 Terri Rogers F/C 6-0 Eastern Alamance
34 Amanda Coffer F/C 6-1 Northern Guilford
40 Keri Fulp C 6-3 East Surry
42 Mylia Garner F/C 6-0 Jordan-Matthews
Head Coach Amber Fox, Freedom
Assistant Coach Greg Speight, North Stanly