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March 3, 2011
DSST: Stapleton High School Lady Knights Play Best Basketball Season Ever
We're a 3A team that plays 5A ball," said DSST: Stapleton High School Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Geneice "CeCe" Brame, with a smile. She has reason to be proud. To date, the DSST: Stapleton High School Varsity Girls Basketball Team has a 12-0 Frontier League record and an 18-5 overall record. The Lady Knights ended their season placing third in the Frontier League. They were undefeated in the regular season and won the Frontier League regular season trophy.
Brame uses terms such as "high basketball IQ," versatility and leadership to describe the girls on her team, which includes players like Sara Tucker, a DSST senior, who leads the Frontier League in steals and is third in assists and free throws. Though other players boast similarly impressive records, Brame is quick to say, "It's not about showmanship. It's about getting the job done." In fact, Brame considers the team's greatest accomplishment this year to be "learning to play as a unit and knowing each others' strengths and weaknesses."
Brame has coached DSST Girls Basketball since 2006. "I've had all of my seniors since they were freshmen, and their growth has been amazing." The team is comprised of three seniors, one junior, four sophomores and two freshmen. Brame refers to her players as "her darlings" and considers them like her children. "We are a family - we support each other on the court and off the court."
Senior Elizabeth Wiggans is currently serving her second year as team captain."To be part of all these great successes your senior year is great," said Wiggans. "It's nice to see how hard work finally pays off. At the beginning of the season, we struggled. We graduated one of our big players and it took time to get used to new leadership. We lost three of our first four games, but haven't lost a game since. I think it just took a little bit of time for our team to click."
The relationships Wiggans has developed with her teammates has greatly enriched her DSST career. "The relationships I have on this team are wonderful. We spend so much time together that we're basically our own little family. My teammates are the girls I always depend on." Additionally, playing on the basketball team has increased Wiggans' passion for DSST. "People come out and cheer for you and you take pride in representing your school."
Even off the court, the girls work hard to exceed expectations. "Academics is a non-negotiable for me," said Brame, "but with these girls it's not a problem. We have gone far beyond the 3.0 GPA goal we set for ourselves, both this year and last." In addition to the demands of school and sports, many of the girls also participate in service projects together. In December, five teammates represented DSST during a bike assembly and giveaway at Manual High School.
"They're almost like rock stars, these girls. Being on the basketball team puts them in the limelight, even out of season. People know that they are responsible, that these are girls you can count on." The girls take pride in cleaning and maintaining the DSST gym and are always careful about the way they present themselves (no wrinkly uniforms). The high level of sportsmanship each player possesses also distinguishes the team. "Even coaches and parents of players we compete against come up and commend us," said Brame.
Kate Dresher, DSST: Stapleton High School Athletic Director, credits Brame for "taking the Lady Knight's basketball program to higher levels each year. The team has had an amazing season and we want to thank the players and the parents for their outstanding performance and support. We are very proud and excited about our success in such a short time." The Lady Knights will travel to Rifle, Colorado on Friday, March 4 and play Manitou Springs at 7:00 p.m. at Rifle High School. If they win, they will play on Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. for a spot in the Sweet 16.
February 28, 2011
JOSH SCOTT, LEWIS-PALMER
Josh Scott, a 6-9 junior and Colorado's eight-ranked scoring leader with 23.8 ppg., according to VarVee, will attempt to push Lewis-Palmer closer to breaking a 17-year championship drought when his team tangles with Sand Creek on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the 4A tournament. Scott is also in a tie for ninth place with 11.2 rebounds per game and stands 10th in blocked shots at 4.2. "Josh is a very skilled scorer with soft hands, who runs the court very well," said his coach, Russ McKinstry. "He has developed a three-point shot, though he doesn't take many. He's very good from 15 feet in and he's deadly around the rim. He can play with his back to the basket and he can go one-on-one. He's a kind of multi-dimensional scorer, who can score from three areas." McKinstry also cites Scott's "huge presence" in the paint defensively and his ability to alter and discourage some of the shots he doesn't block. Scott has received an offer from the University of Colorado, while another 20 schools or so have expressed an interest, including Xavier, UNLV, Arizona, Stanford, Michigan, Boise State, Colorado State and Yale. Lewis-Palmer, which has reached the final four the last two years, needs a victory Saturday to advance that far again. "He's a great kid, a very good young man" McKinistry adds.
ALISON GORRELL, CONIFER
Conifer coach Mick Gorell thrived on his defensive skills when he played high school and small-college ball. So, he doesn't think that his daughter, Alison, inherited her slashing, high-scoring game from him. "I'm a pretty big believer that people who drive to the basket are born, not made," Mick Gorrell said. "She didn't get that gene from me." Alison ranks No. 4 on the VarVee statewide leader board in scoring and is the leader in steals. She leads her team in scoring (25.0), rebounds (6.1), assists (4.5), blocked shots (1.86) and steals (8.0). "She's attacks the basket pretty hard from any angle and gets most of her points in the half-court attacking the rim," said her dad.. "And she shoots a lot of free throws, as well." Conifer usually employs a half-court man-to-man defense and Gorrell estimates that Alison gets half of her steals off the dribble and the other half by disrupting the passing lanes. "She has pretty good wingspan and gets her hand on a lot of balls," he said. "She's pretty wily, too, about doubling down." Conifer eked out victories over Pueblo East and Sand Creek by a total of seven points to earn a date with Broomfield in the 4A quarterfinals Friday at 4 p.m. at Colorado Mines. A two-time All-State tennis player before dropping the sport to concentrate on hoops as a junior, Alison has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Wyoming. A star in the classroom, she has achieved a 4.0 GPA and ranks among the top 10 students in her senior class.
February 22, 2011
CHRIS HANSEN, FOSSIL RIDGE
After sitting out his junior season while healing from a broken femur, Chris Hansen has come back stronger than ever. This season, he has made 69 percent of his two-point shots, 47 percent of his three-pointers (76 in 23 games) and 86 percent from the foul line, according to VarVee. "In the 18 years I've coached, I haven't seen a shooter like him," said Fossil Ridge coach Matt Johannsen. "I'm shocked when the ball doesn't go in when he shoots it." At 6-5, 220, Hansen is Fossil Ridge's best wing and best post player, so you're likely to find him anywhere on the floor. Opponents have tried box-and-one defenses and face-guarding him, with little success. "Every time he touches it, he has two guys running at him," Johannsen said. "But, they don't do that too often, because he's so skilled he finds open guys, and we have skilled players who can knock down shots, too. He doesn't mind sharing the basketball with them." That attitude is a major factor in Fossil Ridge's 22-1 start. Hansen also ranks among the 5A leaders in rebounding and leads his team in assists. His success this year is particularly gratifying following his lost season. As a sophomore, Hansen averaged 16.7 points for a 19-6 team. In his absence a year later, Fossil Ridge slipped to 9-16. Missing his junior year hurt his recruiting, as Hansen has received limited D-1 interest. Coaches express a concern about his ability to defend quicker athletes at the small-forward position, but a decent run in the state tournament could lessen those doubts. "I think that if we do a good job and get to the point where they can watch him play against the best competition, that will probably make the case for him," Johannsen said.
CARLIE NEEDLES, THUNDERRIDGE
Carlie Needles is the latest in a long line of stars at ThunderRidge that includes Abby Waner, a 2009 Duke grad who earned National Player of the Year honors from Gatorade and McDonald's at the Highlands Ranch school. The 5-8 senior point guard ranks high among VarVee's statewide leaders in scoring and three-pointers and is even more prominent among the 5A athletes in assists and steals. She holds the state single-game assist record with 17 and recently broke the school single-game steals record with eight. "I've coached for 21 years, and Carlie is as competitive as anybody we ever had in our program, one of the most competitive kids I've ever been around," ThunderRidge coach Bill Bradley said. "She's always on the attack, and we've got some kids who can finish, whereas in the past couple of years we didn't have that." Needles is approaching the 2,000-point plateau for her career, but it was her playmaking ability that inspired the University of Florida to sign her. "She is always looking to make her teammates better, but if she has opportunities, she takes those opportunities," Bradley said. "There are so many people trying to keep her from scoring that it leaves others open." ThunderRidge (19-4) has lofty ambitions as it prepares for a state 5A title run. With Needles running the show, those goals are within reach.
February 14, 2011
BAY LEE PURDY, DEER TRAIL
Deer Trail's Bay Lee Purdy is averaging a state-leading 28.4 points per game to go along with averages of 4 assists and 5.5 steals. The junior guard scored 51 points last week in a 74-55 victory over Flagler, hitting nine of 16 field goals, five of six three-point shots and 18 of 20 free throws. For the season, the 5-7 Purdy is shooting 52 percent from the floor, an even 50 percent from three-point range and 73 percent from the foul line. The basketball court is just one of several places where Purdy shines. She plays outside hitter and setter on the Deer Trail volleyball team, competes in the 800 and triple jump in track and has a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
DOMINIC WILLIAMS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Dominic Williams has picked up where he left off last year, when he was the only junior named to the Denver Post's All-State team. The swingman has improved his scoring average from 18.9 to 23.7 points per game (third-best in the 5A class), including a 42-point eruption in an 85-76 victory over Niwot on Dec. 6. Among the schools that have expressed interest in Williams are Colorado, Colorado State, Northern Colorado, Boise State, Idaho, Liberty and New Mexico.
February 7, 2011
DOMINIQUE COLLIER, DENVER EAST
One of the hidden gems on this week's Varvee leader board is Dominique Collier, the Denver East guard who is having a breakout freshman campaign and drawing comparisons to another local freshman sensation from a few years back, George Washington's Chauncey Billups, now with the Denver Nuggets. The 6-1 Collier is in a tie for eighth among Varvee's 5A 3-point leaders, averaging 2.5 per game. He also leads Denver East (17-4 with an 11-game winning streak heading into Monday night's game at Chatfield) in scoring at 16.6 points per game.
SAMANTHA PATTERSON, PEYTON
Samantha Patterson isn't just leading the state in blocked shots -- she's dominating it. According to this week's Varvee leader board, the Peyton senior is averaging 8.9 rejections per game, 4.5 more than her closest competitor, Pagosa Springs' Mary Brinton. Among 2A schools, the 6-2 Patterson is the second-leading scorer at 17.4 ppg. and third-leading rebounder at 11.3 rpg, nearly averaging a triple-double while leading Peyton to a 13-4 record. Darrow Fontera, her coach with the Colorado Heat club team, calls her "a very polished athlete who runs the floor and plays post for her high school. Her timing on blocks is exceptional and she is a very strong post player with great footwork. You will also see her on many leader boards for rebounding, scoring and blocks." Patterson signed a letter of intent in November to continue her education and basketball career at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
February 28, 2011
CODY ZELLER, WASHINGTON
On hand to assist Washington in its defense of the IHSAA 3A title is 6-11 Cody Zeller, the nation's No. 12 senior prospect as rated by espn.com. VarVee's 10th-ranked scoring leader with 24.6 ppg. and 10th-ranked rebounder at 13.2, is also averaging 1.67 blocks per outing for Washington, which will meet the winner of Tuesday's game between Vincennes Lincoln and Heritage Hills on Friday at Sectional 31 of the 3A tournament in Southridge. The Indiana-bound Zeller has scored in double figures in every game, including five outings of 30 or more and double-doubles in 19 of 21 games: Espn describes Zeller as "a mobile post player who can rebound in his area extremely well on both ends. He can score some with his back to the basket and has a great basketball IQ. As he adds strength and becomes more aggressive, his production will increase."
SARA YOUNG, VINCENNES RIVET
Vincennes Rivet had never won a section title until Sara Young arrived on the scene four years ago. It hasn't lost one since. What's missing, though, is a state championship, which Vincennes Rivet (27-0) will try to stamp when it takes on Turkey Run (24-2) for the Class A crown. In Young's four years as a starter, Vincennes Rivet has won four sectionals and compiled a 95-7 record. Young, a 5-7 point guard and one of four fourth-year starters on the team, rates second in assists (7.25) on the VarVee statewide leader board and third in steals (5.6). "She's a very unselfish player. She likes to keep her teammates involved," said her proud father, Tim Young, who's also the Vincennes Rivet coach. "She calls most of the defenses and, being the point guard, almost all of the offense." Vincennes Rivet does not boast a single double-figure scorer, as Young leads the team at 9.7 ppg. and only one player takes as many as eight shots per game. Rivet relies on man-to-man defense, and Young, who has signed to attend Southern Indiana, gets many of her steals out of full-court pressure. Vincennes Rivet defeated Turkey Run, 46-38, on Dec. 29, but this time will be without the services of 5-11 Erin Wehrheim, who will undergo knee surgery next week. "These young ladies have had an immense amount of pressure on them all year long," CoachYoung said. "What a ride they've taken us on. I've just been thrilled to be taken along with them."
February 21, 2011
TREY HENDRIX, LEBANON
There is more than just a touch of irony to the fact that the IHSAA's 3-point leader is a player named Trey Hendrix. He was just days old when his dad, Albert, gently placed a basketball into his hands and christened him "Trey," an intentional link to the sport both the father and now the son are deeply passionate about. "I was always a big basketball guy," said Albert. "So, from day one, I was hoping he would get an opportunity to play when he grew up, Thank God he was given the ability to do that." Trey, according to the VarVee leader board, is pacing Indiana with an average 4.81 three-pointers per game for a Lebanon High School team that happens to be coached by his dad. This is Albert's first season at the helm. Max Landis of Meridian is next on the list with an average of 3.75 treys per game. Hendrix, a 5-10 junior, mans the point for Lebanon and also ranks fifth in scoring at 26.25 ppg. and third in assists at 7.31 apg, a daunting balancing act for most high school juniors. "He sees the floor very well; he's very coachable," said Albert. "He's a good student and he has a very high IQ when it comes to understanding the entire game. He not only is our leading scorer, but he's always our leading assist guy, and that's probably the most important thing to him." Hendrix, who's been averaging close to 31 minutes a game since his freshman year, scored his 1,000th point on Jan. 28 in a 75-43 triumph over Southmont. A third-year starter at midfielder for the soccer team this past fall, Hendrix has so far received interest from Ball State, Valparaiso and Indiana Wesleyan.
STEPHANIE BARMES, SUBURBAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Toughened by playing against her older brothers, Michael Jr. and Matthew, when she was growing up, Stephanie Barmes was more than ready for the battles underneath when she became a high school player at Suburban Christian School. A 6-2 junior center, Barmes is Indiana's leading rebounder, according to the VarVee leader board. Opponents sometimes use two or three players in an attempt to box her out, but Barmes still prevails. She gets her share of offensive rebounds, but most of her boards come at the defensive end. Her overall average of 18.89 rpg. is nearly five and half more than second-ranked McKenzie Hayes of Tell City. "One of her strengths is that she's strong and doesn't get blocked out easily," said Mike Barmes, her coach and father. "She has good footwork that gets her open inside and gets her in position for rebounds." Barmes also ranks 10th in scoring (22.42 ppg.), getting most of her points from the high- and low-post areas, although she also has an effective mid-range shot. Barmes even won a 3-point shooting contest last year, but she understands that her team needs her to be positioned closer to the basket to be most efficient. She scored her 1,000th point in a 37-point, 28-rebound effort against Providence Cristo Rey on Feb. 8 and is the leading scorer in the history of the school's seventh-year program. Barmes has also developed decent ball-handling skills and is often called on to help advance the ball against pressure. Barmes is hoping the colleges take notice. Her dad thinks the exposure she is receiving from VarVee is helping to increase awareness. "VarVee has generated some interest and it's gotten her name out," Coach Barmes said. "If Stephanie Barmes keeps dominating the opposition, more colleges will surely notice." One of them, Southern Utah, is planning to watch Stephanie work out this week while the team is in town to play IUPUI.
February 14, 2011
LOGAN THOMAS, MONROE CENTRAL
Logan Thomas of Monroe Central holds a unique place on this week’s VarVee leader board as the only player ranked in points, rebounds and assists per game. The senior guard is No. 9 in scoring at 25.6, seventh in rebounds at 10.8 and No. 1 in assists at 7.8. He has scored in double figures in every game and has posted five triple-doubles, including a monster performance of 41 points, 20 boards and 10 assists in a 91-38 victory over Daleville in the second game of the season. Monroe Central moved to a 9-8 record behind the efficient play of Thomas, who averages close to 26 points per game while attempting fewer than 15 shots. He makes 59 percent of his 2-point shots, 38 percent of his 3s and 81 percent from the foul line. A recent 66-64 overtime victory over Blue River was sealed by a Thomas drive with six-tenths of a second remaining. Thomas finished that game with 38 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and five steals, which prompted Monroe Central coach Jeremy Duncan to declare, “Logan was phenomenal."
KALEIGH HENSLEY, WABASH
Kaleigh Hensley ranks No. 1 on the VarVee leader board in scoring and steals, both by wide margins, relying on defensive prowess to generate her offense. The Wabash senior averages 28.5 points, three more than Evansville Mater Dei freshman Maura Muensterman, and 7.3 steals, nearly 1.5 more than Western Boone’s Sarah Brewer. Hensley also leads her team, which is 23-1 and riding a 22-game winning streak, in assists (3.7) and is second in rebounds (5.7). She scored her 1,000th point midway through her junior campaign and set a school record with 14 steals in a victory over Southwood earlier this season. Hensley and Wabash will take on Tipton (19-4) Saturday in the Cass regional of the IHSAA 2A playoffs.
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