Some players grow up wanting to be a big shot and others, such as Gibson, make them. The 5-foot-10 senior hit two game-winning shots in the playoffs, including one in the semifinals to lead WHS to its first berth in a girls basketball title game since 1979. Gibson led the Wildcats to the District 4-5A title and a Class 5A runner-up finish. With averages of 22.3 points and 8.7 rebounds, Gibson proved she could finish.
Coach of the Year
Not all veteran teams are destined to make a run at a state title, but with Arnold at the helm, the Class 5A Wildcats did just that. The Walker coach and his players wiped away the disappointment of a quarterfinal loss in 2014 en route to a 31-6 record and a runner-up finish in 5A.
Was U-High destined to win a second straight title? Credit a player named Destiny for playing a key role. Ephrom had averages of 14.2 points and 8.3 rebounds for UHS.
A offseason knee injury limited the number games Fisher played in. The senior still earned MVP honors in the 3A title game. She averaged 16.9 points per game.
Fountain made a big impact on the Wildcats as a point guard. She proved to be a true playmaker and had averages of 13.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
The area’s best multi-sport athlete moved to point guard and excelled once again for the Gators. Gremillion averaged 16 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds per game.
Hayden was the inside presence that helped make the Rockets a top Class B team. She had averages of 14 points and 8 rebounds as HHS nearly upset powerful Fairview.
A post player with ball-handling skills, Jones led the Vikings to their first playoff win in a decade in Class 2A. Jones compiled averages of 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Morrison used quickness and an array of skills to help lead the balanced Warriors to the District 6-4A title and the playoffs. She averaged 14.4 points and 5.3 steals.
Whenever the Class 4A Green Devils needed something they usually looked to Nelson. And she delivered with averages of 13.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
The Bulldogs made it to the Top 28 tourney for the first time since 2010. O’Bear was a big reason why with averages of 18.9 points, 5.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds.
Give her a break, as in a fastbreak to run and chances are, Porter will convert. Porter was one of the area’s breakout 1A stars with averages of 20.5 points and 5 steals.
The Hornets were one of the surprise teams in 4-5A and Sterling was a big reason why. Sterling put together averages of 19.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 assists.
When the injury bug hit the 2A Wolves, Singleton helped her team fight back. She took on the lead scoring role and finished with averages of 17 points and 7 rebounds.
There’s a theory that undersized post players can’t be productive. Thornton made big plays for the 5A Bucs and averaged 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds a game.
A post player who is adept at scoring inside, Williams shined when given the chance to shoot from outside. She averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds for the 1A Kittens.