Laney’s Saniya Rivers named Gatorade N.C. Girls Basketball Player of the Year

The accolades continue rolling in for Laney sophomore Saniya Rivers.

Rivers was named the Gatorade N.C. Girls Basketball Player of the Year on Friday, becoming the first athlete from Wilmington to win the honor since New Hanover boys basketball standout Ty Walker in 2007 and 2008.

Laney’s Saniya Rivers was named the Gatorade N.C. Girls Basketball Player of the Year on Friday. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

The last female athlete from Wilmington to win the Gatorade State Player of the Year was New Hanover softball standout Erica Ennis, who later went on to play at UNC. Ennis won the honor in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Rivers, who is rated as the No. 7 sophomore in the country by ESPN, led the Buccaneers to a 28-2 record and the Mideastern Conference regular season and tournament titles. Laney reached the fourth round of the 4A playoffs before falling to Southeast Raleigh. She averaged 24.8 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.1 assists.

“Saniya Rivers is the best high school basketball players I’ve ever coached against,” Ashley coach Adrienne Gale said in a press release. “Not only does she have the best skills I’ve seen, but she’s also unselfish. She constantly looks for her teammates and makes others around her better.”

The only girls basketball players to win the award multiple times are: Providence Day’s Konecka Drakeford (1991 and 1993), Butler’s Cierra Burdock (2010 and 2011) and Providence Day’s Jatarie White (2013 and 2014).