Skylar Davidson had a storybook career.
As a rookie, the Wyoming East point guard tore his ACL and had to watch from the bench as his team lost in the Class AA title game. The following year, she finished second again, losing in that title match.
As a junior, she failed to qualify for the state tournament.
Tired of being second, she did something about it.
The senior came out with a bang, playing 94 minutes in three state tournament games. In doing so, she guided her team to the Class AA State Championship game, where East defeated Parkersburg Catholic 61-50.
Second place is now a thing of the past for Davidson, who will end his high school career with the highest honor in his ranking as captain of the All-Star Class AA First Team, voted by the West Virginia Sports Writers. Association.
Davidson’s All-State selection is third overall – she was second team in 2019 and first team in 2020. In her final season, she averaged 16.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6, 4 assists and 6.3 steals per game.
“I think this year taking on the leadership role was huge,” Davidson said. “A lot of our daughters followed and everyone played their part. I think I even had to embrace a role. I stepped up my score. I’ve always been a player who likes to play defense and give the ball to my teammates. This year I added to my score and knew if a game went down I could get a bucket or move something forward.
Davidson embracing his leadership role on and off the pitch was part of his team’s success. This involved convincing her teammates to acquire the roles around her. One of those benefactors was his sophomore teammate Abby Russell, who joins Davidson in the first team.
Russell, a goalscorer more than competent as a goalie, bought into what Davidson and his coaches taught and often kept the opposing team’s best player. She finished the season averaging 10.9 points per game and 4.6 steals per game.
“She’s definitely taken a big step forward this year, especially compared to last year,” Davidson said. “His biggest thing was also confidence. When she made a mistake she would belittle herself and my biggest job for her was to hold her head up. Every time she missed one shot I told her she was going to do the next one and she started to believe it. She was also a player who was going to come out of defense. His defense has been phenomenal this year. She would keep the best player on each team, which helped us a lot.
Davidson and Russell aren’t the only first-team teammates. The Parkersburg Catholic duo of Aaliyah Brunny and Leslie Huffman join them.
Brunny, a senior, averages 18.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.8 steals per game, ending her career with her fourth All-State selection. The athletic wing captained second teams in 2018 and 2020 and a first team in 2019. She helped guide the Crusaderettes to 92 wins and four state tournaments, losing just one regular season game along the way.
“Aaliyah Brunny is the most athletic young woman I have ever coached,” said Catholic head coach Marty Vierheller. “She is blessed. She really is. When you look at potential clashes, she adds an element of speed and versatility that makes it difficult to match between other teams. I could list her at any position on the floor. If so, what are you going to do to fight defensively?
“Aaliyah in four years here has really grown as much as any other player I have coached. She has truly become a young player and a special woman.
Huffman, a junior, averaged 19.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game. They were a second all-team rookie and land their second straight first-team selection thanks to a season that saw Parkersburg Catholic take a perfect Charleston record for the second year in a row.
“She’s the best defender I’ve ever coached,” said Vierheller. “You combine her physical tenacity and her willingness to accept the offensive skills that she has and we have something very special. If you have someone who is talented and who is one of your hardest workers, you had better count your blessings and that is exactly what it is. It sounds cliché, but it is what we see in practice every day.
The East Catholic and Catholic duos of the first team are Mady Winters of Magnolia, Annie Hunt of Ravenswood, Maria Perdew of Frankfort and Sydney Bolles of Charleston Catholic.
Winters, a senior, stepped out. Coming back from an ACL injury that cost her most of her junior season, she is averaging 28.1 points, 17.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game. In doing so, she became the program’s all-time top scorer with 1,531 points and had over 1,000 career rebounds. This is her first selection in the first team since she was elected second team in second year and third in first year.
Hunt, a senior, averages 16 points per game. In her final season, she helped revive Ravenswood, guiding the team to the State Tournament for the first time since 2012. She was a second selection for the team in 2020.
Perdew, a junior, averages 25.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She helped the Falcons return to the state tournament after failing to do so a year ago. This is his first selection of all states.
Bolles, a senior, brought Charleston Catholic back to the state tournament for the first time since 2018. She is averaging 17.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, but some of her best work has come in defense while she walked away with 1.2 interceptions and an astonishing 5.5 blocks. per game. The selection of all states is the first of his career.
The captain of the second crew is another Lady Warrior in Daisha Summers. The junior averages 10 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Summers County senior duo Gavin Pivont (14.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg) and Taylor Isaac (14.7 ppg, 2.5 spg), St. Marys senior Kylie Wright (14.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg), Williamstown senior Nicole Reynolds (12.5 ppg), 5.4 apg), Ritchie County sophomore Rebekah Rupert (14.1 points per game, 10.8 rpm), Jenna Burgess (14 points per game) senior from Petersburg and Scarlet Thomason, senior from Mingo Central.