Southern Wayne head varsity girls basketball coach Ricky Lofton has been named the 2021-22 Quad County 3A Conference coach of the year. The Saints finished 23-1 overall and advanced to the second round of the NC High School Athletic Association playoffs. Southern Wayne enjoyed its most successful season on the hardwood since 1989 when Gaynor O’Donnell led the Saints to 27 wins and an appearance in the sectional finals. That team finished 27-1 and won the Mideastern 4A regular-season and tournament titles. O’Donnell eventually signed with East Carolina, which was coached by Cathy Andruzzi at the time.