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Cary senior's unique skills on the court carrying her to Duke

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Cary High School senior Azura Stevens recovers the ball during a game against Green Hope. Cary High School senior Azura Stevens recovers the ball during a game against Green Hope.
CARY, N.C. -

Being a 6-foot-5 girl can make for some awkward moments growing up, but it can also be a blessing.

"Since kindergarten, I've always been the tallest," Cary High School senior Azura Stevens explained. "When they do the pictures, they always do it from smallest to tallest, and I'd always be in the back."

Stevens, who is now 18 years old, has always been the tallest girl in her class; but as a McDonald's All American nominee, she uses her height to her advantage and is having a senior season to remember.

"She's an average kid who can play basketball really well," her coach, Patrick Daly, said.

There's nothing average about Stevens' stats, though. She scores more than 30 points per game while hauling down nearly 20 rebounds per contest.

"She's got the versatility to bring the ball up, she can catch and shoot, she can take you off the dribble," Daly said. "She's got a lot of weapons that a lot of girls don't have."

This won't be the last season we see Stevens on the court. Next year she'll play at Duke, and that alone is pressure enough to perform every night.

"It's kind of fun and challenging," Stevens said. "I can't take any nights off because everyone's coming for me."

Stevens uses her 6-foot-5 frame to her advantage on the court, but come prom time, will it make a difference to the boys she towers over?

"We'll see," Stevens laughed. Although, you kind of get the feeling that everything will work out OK.

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