By GREG WEBB
An extreme season calls for extreme measures, and the most recent basketball season is one that, overall, was extremely successful for most area teams. The task of appropriately recognizing players who influenced team success, while leaving impressive individual credentials in their wake is a tough row to hoe.
The 2012-13 Girls All-Parker County Basketball team is laden with talent, prompting some flexibility in the infrastructure of the roster, but designed to illustrate the spectrum of accomplishments for local athletes.
Parker County basketball prep teams — though 1A is split into two divisions — technically represent all five of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) classifications, Class 1A through Class 5A. Five of the seven girls’ teams in the county achieved postseason play, with three of those five entering the playoffs as district champions or co-champions.
And two of those squads earned a bus ride to Austin, a has been well-documented in recent weeks.
Another season produced another crowded queue in the Superlatives category of the APC roster, emerging with some clear choices, but also netting shared recognition for others.
Aledo senior Mallory Powell, seemingly wise beyond her years on and off the court, represented the complete package in leading the Ladycats to a stellar season, including Aledo’s first-ever trip to the state tourney, and is the All-Parker County Team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season.
Powell displayed her multiple roles for Aledo as leading scorer, offensive facilitator and above-average defender, providing the anchor for the Ladycats, while rarely leaving the court in contests where her services were needed from the opening tip to the final horn.
The ‘adjustments’ in the APC rolls include the addition of a Third Team roster, where ‘honorable mention’ just did not quite pay sufficient kudos to the calibre of players rife on the county’s high school squads.