The members of the 2018 St. Louis American “Fab Five” Girls All-Star First Team represent a group of talented players with a diverse set of skills. Senior Jayla Everett of Kirkwood is a smooth wing player while junior Aijha Blackwell of Whitfield can play virtually every position on the floor. Senior guards Sonya Morris of Incarnate Word and Amaya Stovall of Parkway North are tremendous performers who will be future collegiate teammates at DePaul. In the middle of it all is center Brooke Flowers of Metro, who has more blocked shots than any girl who has ever played high school basketball in the state of Missouri.
Here is a capsule look at the St. Louis American “Fab Five” Girls’ First-Team of 2018:
Aijha Blackwell (Whitfield): A multi-talented 6’0” junior, Blackwell led the Warriors to the Final Four of the Class 3 state tournament for the second consecutive year. Blackwell averaged 24.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals in leading Whitfield to a third-place finish in the state tournament. Her combination of size and skills make a threat to score anywhere on the floor. She will return for her senior year as one of the top prospects in the state in the Class of 2019.
Jayla Everett (Kirkwood): The talented 5’10” guard is a repeat performer on the Fab Five First Team after leading the Pioneers to the Class 5 state championship for the second consecutive year. The versatile Everett averaged 16.9 points, four rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals a game. She could handle the ball, pass and shoot the 3-pointer with equal effectiveness. She is headed to the University of New Mexico.
Brooke Flowers (Metro): The 6’5” senior has been an imposing presence in the city throughout her entire four-year career. As a senior, Flowers averaged 20.2 points, 14.4 rebounds and 6.5 blocks a game while leading Metro to a Class 3 District 5 championship. Flowers finished her career as the all-time leading scorer and shot blocker in the state of Missouri. She is headed to Saint Louis University.
Sonya Morris (Incarnate Word): The 5’8” combo guard is the St. Louis American Player of the Year after leading the Red Knights to their second consecutive Class 4 state championship. A four-year starter for IWA, the smooth operator averaged 13.7 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 steals. Morris can score going to the basket or knock down 3-pointers while creating turnovers and scoring in transition. She will leave as a three-time state champion. Morris is headed to DePaul University.
Amaya Stovall (Parkway North): The talented point guard led the Vikings to a 22-6 record while leading the team in nearly every category. Stovall averaged 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.6 steals a game. She had some big games against the best competition. Stovall had 21 points in a victory over Class 5 state champion Kirkwood and followed up with 30 points in a victory over Class 4 state champion Incarnate Word Academy. Stovall has signed with DePaul University.
St. Louis American Girls Fab Five All-Star Teams
Aijha Blackwell 6’0” (Jr.) Whitfield
Jayla Everett 5’10” (Sr.) Kirkwood
Brooke Flowers 6’5” (Sr.) Metro
Sonya Morris 5’8” (Sr.) Incarnate Word
Amaya Stovall 5’6” (Sr.) Parkway North
Madison Buford 5’9” (Jr.) Lutheran North
K.K. Rodriguez 5’7” (Sr.) Webster Groves
Jaidah Stewart 5’9” (Sr.) Webster Groves
Kelsie Williams 5’10” (Sr.) Hazelwood Central
Daisha Seltzer 5’9” (Jr.) Miller Career Academy
Jessica Brooks 5’9” (Soph.) MICDS
Jordyn Brooks 5’8” (Sr.) MICDS
Mariah Noodel-Haywood 5’11” (Sr.) Edwardsville
Marissa Warren 5’8” (Jr.) Incarnate Word
Kourtney White 5’6” (Sr.) Hazelwood Central
Makayla Wallace 5’6” (Sr.) Kirkwood
Tyra Brown 5’6” (Sr.) Pattonville
Yani Curry 5’9” (Jr.) Francis Howell Central
Mya Glanton 6’0” (Jr.) East St. Louis
Olivia Stephens 5’8” (Jr.) Parkway Central
Tionne Taylor 5’5” (Sr.) Francis Howell
Austin Achievement Awards
Player of the Year: Sonya Morris (Incarnate Word)
Freshman of the Year: Marchaun Bostic (Gateway STEM)
Team of the Year: Kirkwood/Incarnate Word