Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Best of the best: Dallas-Fort Worth all-area girls basketball brimming with DI talent
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ariel Atkins, Duncanville
Senior guard Ariel Atkins owns a legacy that rivals all who came before her in Duncanville. She led the Pantherettes on a memorable 105-game winning streak, to three state tournaments and a pair of championships. Duncanville has made 23 state tournament appearances, won eight championships and produced some of the top players in the country, like Cinietra Henderson, Tiffany Jackson and Tamika Catchings.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Michael Oldham, McKinney North
Oldham guided North to a 29-5 record and the first state tournament in the school’s history. North defeated top-ranked San Antonio Brennan in the state semifinal before falling to tradition-rich Canyon in the championship.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Jade Williams, The Colony, Freshman, F, 6-3
The versatile freshman averaged 14.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.8 blocks in 32 games this season. She hit double figures in scoring in each of The Colony’s last 11 games on the way to the 4A Region II final. Williams carried The Colony to the first regional tournament in school history.
Terriell Bradley, Mansfield Timberview, Sr., G, 5-9
Stats: Named offensive MVP in the competitive District 7-5A, Bradley averaged 16.3 points, 3.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds. She also added 1.7 steals on the defensive end.
Did you know? The Kansas signee will be the third player from the current District 7-5A on the Jayhawks’ roster, joining Duncanville’s Bunny Williams and DeSoto’s Chelsea Gardner.
Natalie Chou, Plano West, So., G/F, 6-1
Stats: Chou averaged 17.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on the way to Plano West’s second state tournament appearance. She had 18 points in West’s semifinal against state champion Manvel.
Did you know? Chou will have colleges lining up to earn her signature in two years. The sophomore is ranked 12 nationally in the 2016 class by ESPN’s HoopGurlz.
Mikaehla Connor, McKinney North, Sr., F, 5-9
Stats: Connor led North to the program’s first state tournament with 11.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Her numbers were even better in seven playoff games, averaging 14.2 points and five rebounds.
Did you know? Connor made quite a splash in Austin, scoring the game-winning basket and the clinching steal to beat No. 1 San Antonio Brennan in the semifinals. She added a team-high 13 points in the championship game.
Tasia Foman, Duncanville, Sr., G, 5-6
Stats: Foman averaged 13.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 steals. Despite her size, Foman also recorded 141 rebounds and 23 blocks.
Did you know? Foman has been a mainstay in the Duncanville starting lineup. She appeared in all 119 games during the last three seasons – which included three trips to state, two championships and a 105-game winning streak.
Alexandria Gulley, Skyline, Jr., G, 5-8
Stats: Gulley led Skyline to the 5A Region II championship for the first time since 1997. She averaged 13.6 points, four assists, 2.4 rebounds and two steals.
Did you know? The Baylor pledge was named the offensive MVP in District 9-5A and the MVP of the Dallas ISD/Coca-Cola Tournament. She scored 23 points in a regional semifinal at the Ferrell Center, her future home court.
Averaged a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds
Flower Mound Marcus
13.4 points, 8 rebounds, signed with Texas Woman’s University
9-4A MVP averaged 13.4 points, 8 rebounds, North Texas signee
Colorado pledge averaged 13 points, 8.4 assists
13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 54 percent shooter
15.7 points, 8 rebounds per game, Minnesota signee
Hurst L.D. Bell
17.2 points, 4.4 assists, UTA signee
9-5A MVP averaged 18.2 points, 4.7 rebounds
10-5A MVP averaged 26 points per game, Arkansas signee
Led 4A scorers with 21.6 points per game, New Mexico State signee