Red Devilette Hunt earns Class AA First Team All-State
There was perhaps a time when Annie Hunt was unsure what her basketball future would be as a Ravenswood Red Devilette.
Injuries have a way of doing that to young athletes.
Prior to her sophomore season, Hunt suffered a devastating setback when she tore her ACL.
After a freshman campaign in which she showcased plenty of her skills and gave a hint as to what great possibilities there were for the future, suddenly Hunt was left with plenty of doubt as to whether life as a Red Devilette would be all she had dreamed about while growing up.
She wondered if the injury was the kind to possibly derail her list of basketball goals. One such goal was to become an All-Stater, something her mother, Mary Beth, had accomplished four consecutive years during her playing days.
Her comeback trail started as a junior and she passed with flying red and black colors to earn Class AA Second Team honors.
There were high hopes for her senior season.
But fear once again reared its ugly head.
It was no longer the knee, but the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.
Just as her senior practices were getting started, they came to an abrupt halt.
And Hunt, like the rest of the West Virginia high school basketball world, was left to wonder if, in fact, there would be a season at all.
The shutdown occurred and then came another.
Finally at the beginning of March (when seasons in the past have neared the end), Hunt and all others started competing again. It was odd with the timing, but it certainly beat the alternative.
As the lone senior, Hunt took the Red Devilettes of head coach Cara Williams on her shoulders.
Ultimately, she led them to the promised land of state tournament competition.
They did so by fighting off a feisty Buffalo team in a regional co-final. A Buffalo squad which used a very deliberate style to slow the pace. Ravenswood prevailed, 14-11.
It gave Hunt a win in the final game she would ever play in her hometown of Ravenswood.
While Parkersburg Catholic, who was riding an incredible 42-game winning streak, sidelined the Devilettes in the state tournament, Hunt did get to enjoy the moment on the big stage for the first time along with her younger teammates.
She knew her days as a Devilette would end sooner rather than later. Under the bright lights of the Charleston Coliseum was the perfect place for it all to culminate.
And now with the season (and career) tucked away, Hunt has many great things to look back on, with the latest being the highest honor for a high school athlete — First Team All-State.
Hunt now has one more thing in common with her mother as she was chosen to the Class AA dream team by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Hunt averaged 16 points per game this past season in addition to leading the team in a variety of other ways.
“She is well-deserved,” said Williams. “She has worked so hard. Not only to overcome the ACL, but prior to that and after that to improve her skills. So many kids make it (All-State) a goal but think it’s going to happen during the season.
“You don’t become All-State in the season, you do it in the offseason. It is a well-deserved honor and I’m very proud of her.”
Hunt is joined on the First Team by Skylar Davidson. The senior from state champion Wyoming East was named captain of the First Team.
Others are Wyoming East sophomore Abbie Russell, Parkersburg Catholic senior Aaliyah Brunny and teammate Leslie Huffman, a junior, senior Maddie Winters of Magnolia, Marie Perdew, a junior from Frankfort, and Charleston Catholic senior Sydney Bolles.
While her days on the court for Ravenswood have come to a close, Hunt is far from done as a player.
Not only will she play at the next level, Hunt will do so while once again wearing the red and black. She is bound for Wheeling University to play for the Cardinals in the Mountain East Conference, a NCAA Division II league.
Many look forward to watching her progress.
And they can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next set of Devilettes.
Those who return and the ones who are still to come have been blessed with a great role model in Annie Hunt.
Williams is hopeful they will follow her lead.
“Obviously, she has taken her talent to another level. But there are lots of people who have talent,” Williams. “She set the example of how committed you need to be to see your goals come to fruition. She was committed to making it happen.”
Hunt leaves a legacy not only as a player but as a leader.
Her name is now added to an impressive list of Devilettes before her who earned First Team All-State.
Hunt, like the others, set a standard in which others can follow as they strive to one day become a part of that First Team All-State list as well.