UC Davis? Right here comes Riverside Rapids hoops star Avery Sussex

This season she’ll be trying to lead the Rapids, who’re from Port Coquitlam, to a second straight Quad A crown and a 3rd straight look within the remaining recreation

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Star Port Coquitlam level guard Avery Sussex will lead the Riverside Rapids’ chase for a second straight Quad A women basketball provincial banner this season with a school dedication already in her again pocket.

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Sussex, a Grade 12 who’s within the dialog for finest participant in B.C. once more this yr, mentioned she’ll be part of the College of California, Davis Aggies subsequent fall. 

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The 5-foot-8 Sussex was named provincial championship remaining participant of the sport final March after amassing 23 factors, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals in Riverside’s 70-52 win over Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators within the Quad A title tilt on the Langley Occasions Centre. 

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Riverside Fast’s #9 Avery Sussex (in white) is hugged by Kelowna Owls #12 Avery King as Riverside celebrates their win in Women basketball Quarterfinal spherical at Langley Occasions Centre in Langley, BC., March 2, 2023. (Arlen Redekop / PostMedia employees photograph) Picture by Arlen Redekop /PNG

Sussex was additionally picked a match first all-star. Walnut Gove guard Kiera Pemberton, who’s with the College of North Dakota Combating Hawks this season, was named the match’s most precious participant after setting a provincials match scoring report for a second straight season. 

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Sussex was a match first all-star in 2022 as effectively. Port Coquitlam’s Rapids misplaced 77-75 within the championship recreation to the crosstown Terry Fox Ravens, a crew that featured Sussex’s older sister Emily. Avery had 16 factors, eight rebounds, three assists and 7 steals in that finale. 

This yr’s highschool basketball season is about to tip off Nov. 27. The ladies basketball provincial tournaments run Feb. 28-March 2 on the LEC. 

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UC Davis is positioned an hour’s drive north east of San Francisco and performs within the Massive West Convention. The Aggies had been picked to complete third within the 11-team loop this season in a coaches’ ballot this previous week. They’re anticipated to be led by Tova Sabel and Evanne Turner, each senior guards.

The Aggies gained the Massive West in 2019 and 2021 and superior to the NCAA Event. They’ve gained the Massive West common season title 5 instances since 2017.

“I just like the city. I like the college. I like that they play the way in which I wish to play. It was an ideal match,” Sussex mentioned. “I cancelled all of the my different (recruiting) visits after going there.”

She wouldn’t say what different colleges she was wanting into. She did say that she’s glad to not have to fret about subsequent fall heading into this yr’s season.

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“That feels good,” she mentioned.

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Sussex may also match up with some acquainted foes within the Massive West. The UC Irvine Anteaters embrace level guard Deja Lee and the UC San Diego Tritons have guard Izzy Forsyth, and so they had been each members of the Surrey-based Semiahmoo Thunderbirds who repeated as Quad A provincial champions in 2019-20.

Lee and Forsyth are each juniors this season in order that they’re in line to play one season towards Sussex.

In the meanwhile, although, Sussex’s focus shall be spearheading one other run for Riverside. Rapids returnees additionally embrace Grade 11 guard Jorja Hart, who was a primary crew all-star finally yr’s provincials. Hart says that Sussex’s management is essential to the squad, alongside along with her means to replenish varied columns on a rating sheet.

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“She’s tremendous aggressive. She desires to be higher than all people else and doesn’t accept something lower than that. She pushes each certainly one of us to be higher. All of us wish to compete along with her and attempting to maintain up along with her makes us all higher,” mentioned Hart, who can also be strains up with Sussex in membership ball with VK Basketball.

“Our crew has put in loads of work in the direction of this yr. We’re all very supportive of each other and all people is happy in regards to the season.”

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