A little more about these three kids. They’re pretty special… we’ll miss them as much off the court as we will on it. (More to come on the rest of our 2011 class soon!)
Amanda T. began playing for us in 6th grade. She’s done literally everything since – extra tournaments vs. Travel teams, Sundays, Summers, open gyms and all. In preparation for our championship game, watched film and took 3 pages of notes. Her teammates look to her for guidance, as she was our point guard last year, too. Amanda’s a big reason why we’re 38-8 the last 2 seasons. We’ve never had a player with her combination of speed, control, lock-down defensive ability, and court vision.
Saying that Ava is unique would be an understatement. She’s flat-out special. I mean, the kid plays FOOTBALL. She’s a gifted athlete that is also one of our hardest workers. And more importantly, Ava became the consummate team player this year, learning to work within a system and pass as much as she shot. She was a tremendous defender – my favorite play she made was in a tie game with Lisle, when she blocked a girl’s wide-open layup on a fast break with 16 seconds left… and with 4 fouls. Personifies her willingness to do anything for her team and one-of-a-kind athleticism.
“Momma Miyax” is the heart of this team. Players – and coaches – looked to her for support and guidance. Miyax got us working hard, lightened things up at serious moments, and made sure everyone was doing what we needed to. On the court, few girls have had her strength and speed. She absolutely killed other teams’ inside games. Her physicality and rebounding changed games and made opponents hesitent. And she’s probably the best passing post we’ve had. Our program will miss her, as it couldn’t have been successful without her.