And for the first time in the APC lists, a triad of defenders populate the superlative category for the top defensive players.
There are ‘wow-factor’ stats that are eye-catching, but there was also a body of work for the season to be reckoned with, as well.
Aledo sophomore post Justis Szczepanski-Beavers clogged up the lane for opposing defenses all season long, rejecting 54 opponents’ shots while amassing 253 rebounds, 111 of those providing second-chance points for Aledo.
Springtown’s Brooklyn Dauenhauer was the top point producer for the Lady Porcupines, but was a major disruptive force at the other end of the court. The sophomore guard swiped the ball 112 times during the regular season, an impressive rate of nearly five steals per game.
Completing the trio sharing the Defensive MVPs is Brock’s Taylor Wallace, who was given the unenviable task of guarding the opposing teams’ top scorers — all season long.
Intent on filling the role of a “shut-down” defender, four-year varsity member Wallace was not around the basket snagging rebounds, nor was she trolling the passing lanes with regularity to pick up steals or cause deflections, though she had her respectable share.
Performing the service season-long, apt examples are present in postseason play, with Wallace limiting Alvord’s District 9-2A MVP to two points in the regional final, and Merkel’s Class 2A Player of the Year to a paltry six points in the state final.
For perpetuating the current Class 2A state run of the Lady Eagles, and overcoming formidable Class 4A competition, from district forward, the Brock and Aledo coaching staffs, led by Chance Westmoreland and Rusty Johnson, respectively, receive the nod for Co-Coaching Staffs of the Year.
The APC entire roster, Superlatives through Third Team, consists of accomplished athletes from the area, and in a county sporting more than a its share of state-calibre talent.