Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Who's your pick for our Dallas-area girls basketball player of the year?
SportsDay’s All-Area girls basketball team will run this Thursday, and we’ll be naming a Player of the Year not named Alexis Jones for the first time since 2010. The Irving MacArthur standout was our 2011 and 2012 pick for the area’s top player.
The Dallas area once again had a wealth of individual and team talent. Four squads earned trips to the state tournament, and three of them reached the finals.
Here’s a look at some of the top players this season. Who would be your pick? Or would you pick someone else? With athletes heading to Baylor, Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Stanford, among others, there are arguments to be made for all of them.
So, without further ado:
McKenzie Adams, Frisco Centennial, Sr., G: Adams averaged 23.8 points and scored 34 or more in her final four regular season games. She signed with Arkansas.
Ariel Atkins, Duncanville, Jr., G: Atkins paced the Pantherettes to a second straight 5A state title. She averaged a team-best 16.6 points. Atkins committed to Texas the day after the championship.
Breanna Hayden, Madison, Sr., G: Hayden averaged an area-best 29 points to go along with eight rebounds, seven steals and four assists. She signed with Baylor.
Diamond Lockhart, Red Oak, Sr., G: Helped Red Oak rebound and reach the regional semifinals after missing the postseason last year. Averaged 12.4 points. Signed with Texas Tech.
Kiara Perry, Duncanville, Sr., G: The SMU signee averaged 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds on the way to the state championship. She was the MVP of the prestigious Sandra Meadows Classic as well as the 5A state title game.
Jada Terry, Cedar Hill, Sr., F: The Texas A&M signee averaged 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. She was once committed to Texas and flipped to join Gary Blair’s Aggies.
Lili Thompson, Mansfield Timberview, Sr., G: The Stanford signee joins an impressive group of Texans to join the Cardinal. Among them are Chiney and Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Alex Green, Kiran Lakhian and Amber Orrange. Her Timberview team came closest to beating Duncanville this year, forcing overtime in a District 7-5A meeting.
Alisha Washington, Lincoln, Jr., G: Washington aeraged 18.1 points for state runner-up Lincoln. led Lincoln in scoring in both games at the state tournament, scoring 20 in a semifinal win against Aledo, and 18 in the finals against Georgetown. Washington has not committed to a college yet.