Vote for The Charlotte Observer girls AOTW l 12.31.22

Here are the nominees for The Charlotte Observer’s girls high school athlete of the week, sponsored by One Hour Heating & Air.

Readers may vote for the nominees as often as they want until the poll closes on Saturday.



This week’s nominees

Cassidy Geddes, Newton Conover Basketball: The 5-foot-7 senior scored 21 points, had eight steals, four rebounds and four assists in a 56-22 win over Lincolnton Dec. 22.

Geddes, a William & Mary commit, is averaging 21.8 points, 4.6 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game for Newton Conover (8-1).

Kirsten Lewis-Williams, Lake Norman Basketball: The 5-foot-10 senior scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and six assists to lead Lake Norman to a 62-40 win over Charlotte Catholic in the Cherokee Invitational championship game Dec. 22.

Lewis-Williams also scored 22 points, had 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a 60-45 over Westminster (GA) in the tournament semifinal Dec. 21.

She also has 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 60-47 victory over Guntersville (AL) in the tournament opener Dec. 20.

Lewis-Williams is averaging 18.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, five assists and 4.4 steals per game for a Lake Norman team that is still perfect at 14-0 overall through Sunday.

Reece Long, Lake Norman Charter Basketball: The 5-foot-8 freshman scored a career-high 20 points with 12 rebounds, three assists and four steals in a 63-50 win over Union Academy Dec. 20.

Long is averaging 10.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game for Lake Norman Charter (6-2).

Anastasia Sinclair, South Mecklenburg Basketball: The 5-foot-6 senior scored 18 points, had 14 assists and six steals in a 59-41 win over Mauldin in the opening game of the “She Got Next Classic,” in Greenville Dec. 19.

Sinclair also scored 10 points, had seven assists, six steals and five rebounds, in a 49-45 loss to Southside in the same tournament.

Sinclair is averaging 14.7 points, 7.8 assists, 5.4 steals and 2.5 rebounds for South Mecklenburg (8-3).

Hannah Sorrentino, Metrolina Christian Basketball: The 5-foot-5 senior scored 12 points, including three, three-pointers and three steals in a 55-20 win over Corvian Charter Dec. 19.

Sorrentino followed that up with 18 points (four three-pointers), five steals and four assists in a 71-34 victory over Covenant Day Dec. 20.

Sorrentino is averaging 11.7 points per game for Metrolina Christian (9-4).

Samyha Suffren, Cannon School Basketball: The 5-foot-8 senior had 26 points, 12 rebounds and three steals in the opening game of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix (AZ) as Cannon School beat Oakland Tech 64-63 Dec. 20.

The next day, Suffren scored 17 points to go with 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 54-50 loss to Perry (AZ) in the tournament semifinals.

Suffren finished off the tournament with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 64-62 victory over Lake City (ID) to earn third-place in the event Dec. 22.

Suffren, a Virginia Tech commit, earned all-conference honors for her efforts.

Suffren is averaging 15.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 3.3 assists per game for Cannon School (10-5).

Blanca Thomas, Charlotte Catholic Basketball: The 6-foot-5 junior had 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in a 56-42 win over T.C. Roberson in the opening round of the Cherokee Invitational Dec. 20.

Thomas scored 21 points to go with 12 rebounds and two assists in a 53-42 win over Watauga in the tournament semifinals Dec. 21.

Charlotte Catholic (7-3) lost 62-40 to unbeaten, Lake Norman (14-0) in the Cherokee Invitational championship game Dec. 22.

Charlotte Tune, Charlotte Latin Basketball: The 5-foot-6 freshman scored 15 points, had five rebounds and five steals to lead Charlotte Latin to a 46-26 win over Olympic at the Anthony Morrow Shootout, Dec. 22.

Charlotte Latin (9-1) has won eight straight games this season.

** Information published today includes statistics through Dec. 23.

If you want to nominate an athlete?: Athletes of the week highlights high school players with outstanding performances. The goal is to recognize all athletes in all sports, both the most accomplished and the underrated or underappreciated players. If you want to suggest someone to be included in the Athletes of the week column, send email to Jay Edwards at Please include the athletes’ name, school, class and applicable game performance statistics. Coaches must be willing to verify information.

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