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.
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.
The bar has again been raised with a wealth of individual and team-level quality in Parker County — the selection process can only get blissfully more difficult in seasons ahead.
2012-13 All-Parker County Teams — Girls Basketball
Most Valuable Player
Mallory Powell Aledo Senior
Offensive Player of the Year
Lexie Ducat Brock Sophomore
Defensive Players of the Year
Justis Szczepanski-Beavers Aledo Sophomore
Brooklyn Dauenhauer Springtown Sophomore
Taylor Wallace Brock Senior
Newcomer of the Year
Tracy Johnson Poolville Freshman
Co-Coaching Staff of the Year
Aledo — Head Coach Rusty Johnson
Brock — Head Coach Chance Westmoreland
Lou Hawkins Weatherford Senior
Abbye Shearmire Weatherford Junior
Heather Henson Poolville Senior
Alyssa Dry Aledo Sophomore
Rebecca Dauenhauer Springtown Senior
Ciandra Seabourn Springtown Senior
Braylee Flaska Brock Senior
Cora Jenkins Brock Senior
Rachel Smith Peaster Junior
Jolee Carswell Millsap Sophomore
Tori Novak Poolville Senior
Remi Reynolds Weatherford Senior
Kaylee Black Aledo Junior
Bryce Frank Aledo Sophomore
Jordan Doremus Springtown Junior
Taylor Fulmer Brock Junior
Rachel Williams Brock Sophomore
Olivia Seli Peaster Sophomore
Lauren Power Millsap Senior
Sydney Herbel Millsap Freshman
Tana Jones Poolville Junior
Bailey Bradford Peaster Junior
Bronte Frank Aledo Senior
MiKalyn Kruger Millsap Senior
Bailey Ivey Brock Sophomore
Kylie Ducat Brock Senior
Breann Forbes Aledo Junior
Faith Woodring Weatherford Junior
Katelynn Mainord Springtown Junior
Aidan Pool Weatherford Junior