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No. 7 high school sports story of 2017-18 | Four area athletes reach milestones

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Damar Sutton (right) averaged just over 16 points per game in his last two years of high school.

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By David Gough
Sports Writer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Many area athletes have made a name for themselves over their high school careers in the last four years. That’s especially true in basketball.

Four different players, two boys and two girls, reached the impressive career milestone of 1,000 points this past season.

Two of them were Area Players of the Year in their senior season and two of them hailed from the same school.

Here’s who reached the milestone:

Breanna Proctor

Northeastern’s Breanna Proctor reached the milestone in the last week of December. The six-footer eventually ended up scoring 1,240 points for her career as a Lady Eagle after averaging 18.9 points per game in her senior season.

Perhaps more impressive, she had even more rebounds. Proctor grabbed 1,360 of them in four seasons never averaging fewer than 14 per game.

In her junior season, the Elizabeth City State commit averaged 20.1 rebounds per game and it led to her being named player of the year in 2017.

Damar Sutton

On the boys’ side of Northeastern basketball, Damar Sutton reached the 1,000 point mark in the middle of January. It was his third year as a varsity member of the Eagles basketball program.

The 6-foot-4 guard was able to reach that mark thanks to averaging just over 16 points a game in his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 14 points his sophomore season.

Sutton was the leading scorer of a Northeastern team that went undefeated in conference play and lost only five games all season before falling in the second round of the state playoffs.

He will be playing at Pitt Community College next year.

Amaya Simpson

Standing at 5-foot-6, Simpson was hardly the biggest girl on the court. But that didn’t stop the Pasquotank graduate from finding a way to score.

Simpson averaged 17.9 points per game in her final year as a Lady Panther leading to her eventually eclipsing the 1,000-point milestone.

Not to mention, Simpson nearly grabbed ten rebounds a game and was felt on the defensive end with six steals per game in her senior year.

She earned Area Player of the year, Co-Player of the Year in the Northeastern Coastal Conference and was named to the All-District first team.

Simpson finished with an average of 13.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in her high school career.

JR Williams

Camden’s Williams reached the milestone just a couple days after Sutton did.

In his final year as a Bruin, he led the team with 18 points per game. The 6-foot-1 guard also averaged 10.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals.

Camden finished 13-13 on the year.

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