First Posted: 1/15/2009
Former Lady Red Devils senior Amanda Sinclair, a 5’9″ point guard, has been selected to play in the 33rd annual North Carolina East-West All-Star Basketball Game, set to be played on Monday, July 21, 2008, in the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Sinclair was notified by her coach, Eva Patterson-Heath, on Monday, April 14, of her selection. Sinclair marks the seventh girl that Patterson-Heath has sent to this game over the years that is sponsored by the North Carolina Coaches Association.
“I think it’s cool,” said a smiling Sinclair about her selection. “I’m happy to be representing the school and my coach is happy, too.”
Over her career at Red Springs High School and as a member of the Lady Red Devils basketball team, Sinclair was on the varsity team for four years, three of them as a starter. She has amassed a career record of 88 wins and 19 losses and had played on three regular season championship teams n 2004-05, 2006-07, and 2007-08.
She has played on two championship conference tournament teams n 2006-07 and 2007-08; two Sectional championship teams n 2004-05, and 2007-08; and two NCHSAA 2-A Regional runner-up teams, 2004-05, and 2007-08.
“We are excited that Amanda has the opportunity to participate in the NC Coaches Association East/West All-Star Basketball game,” said Lady Red Devils Coach Eva Patterson-Heath. “This is a great opportunity for her as she will represent her family, the school and the community. She becomes the seventh Lady Devil to participate since 1997. Her versatility will allow her an opportunity to play position 1-4. The coaching staff will be working with her throughout the summer to ensure that she arrives in Greensboro in the best possible physical condition.”
During her freshman season, Sinclair scored 109 points, pulled down 65 rebounds, dished out 44 assisted and had 36 steals. In her sophomore season, she averaged 9.5 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 3.2 steals and was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. Her junior year, Sinclair averaged 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals. She was named All-Conference, All-County and was named the Lady Red Devils’ Most Valuable Player and was offered a scholarship to Division I Winston-Salem State University. One record that stands out her junior year was that she recorded the only quadruple double documented in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s record book, on December 8, 2006. She scored 14 points, had 12 rebounds, 11 steals, and 14 assists, along with four blocked shots. Playing in their Southeastern 1A/2A Conference opener, the Lady Red Devils defeated the South Robeson Lady Mustangs, 79-32.
And as a senior, Sinclair finished the season with 10.5 points per game average, six rebounds per game, six assists, and three steals. She was named to the Robeson County Christmas Classic All-Tournament Team, All-Conference and All-County.
At present she is undecided about college.
These all-star games in basketball, soccer and football, were first played in the summer of 1949, with football being the first. Women’s basketball was added to the All-Star Games in the summer of 1975.
Seven girls, four boys
With Sinclair’s acceptance in the process, six former Lady Red Devils, all in basketball, have gone on to participate in this East-West All-Star game, while three boys in football and one in basketball has participated.
The girls are: Shemia Campbell (’05), Danyelle Carter (’05), Tenisha McArthur (’03), Stevenique Richardson (’02), Tonya Chavis (’99), and Rekha Patterson (’97). The boys include: Victor McBryde (’89), Vance Locklear (’88), and Steve Dunn (’75), all in football. The lone boys’ basketball player from RSHS was C.G. Arrington (’69), a member of the Red Springs High School State 1-A Championship team.