Many high school athletes saw their seasons come to an abrupt halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The girls basketball season was able to beat the cancellation by a matter of days, having completed their state tournament just days before the University Interscholastic League suspended all play on Mar. 12.
With an entire body of work to judge their merits, the Texas Girls Coaches Association recently released their all-state and academic all-state teams and there were several local standouts recognized on the lists.
A trio of players were named to the 5A/6A Red All-Star team, including two from Frisco Centennial in juniors Madison Ott and Leila Patel.
The Titans enjoyed one of the best seasons in recent memory, advancing to the regional quarterfinals before falling by just one point, 32-31, to rival and eventual state champion Frisco Liberty.
Ott, a first-team all-district selection, led Centennial in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game, and also grabbed 4.1 rebounds and led the team with 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals per contest.
Patel, another 9-5A first-team honoree, tallied 13.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game
They were joined by The Colony junior Aariyah Cotto, a member of the 8-5A first team who registered 7.1 points, 2.8 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.
Ott and Patel were also named to the TGCA Class 5A al-state team, which featured a number of local selections.
The Colony had a pair of standouts make the list with seniors Tamia Jones and Jewel Spear.
Jones, the 8-5A defensive most valuable player and a SMU-signee, averaged 19. points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 4.3 steals.
Spear, who is headed to Wake Forest, captured offensive most valuable player honors as she tallied 24.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.
Frisco Lone Star, which advanced to the regional tournament, was represented by senior Halley Carr and sophomore Kyla Deck, a first-team all-district honoree who led the Rangers in scoring.
Frisco Memorial sophomore Jasmyn Lott earned a spot, as the 9-5A offensive player of the year and district’s leading scorer accounted for more than 20 points per night.
Lake Dallas senior Dorian Norris, who signed with Texas A&M-Commerce, was a first-team all-district member who had 13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals.
Little Elm freshman Amarachi Kimpson, who averaged better than 20 points on her way to the 8-5A newcomer of the year, and Lovejoy senior Carsen McFadden, who tallied 13.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists, rounded out the local honorees.
This area also had seven players named to the Class 6A all-team.
Sachse had a pair of players selected with seniors Adhel Tac and Tia Harvey.
Tac, the 10-6A most valuable player and a TCU-signee, averaged 12.2 points on 57 percent shooting, with 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
Harvey, who signed with Little Rock, was named 10-6A offensive player of the year, as she registered 11.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.6 assists per contest as the Mustangs stretched their district winning streak to 69 games in a row.
Horn also had two players make the team with juniors Jasmine Shavers and Viencia Jackson.
Shavers, the 11-6A offensive player of the year, led the Jaguars in scoring at 18.9 points per game, including a 37-point outing against Mansfield Summit and a 34-point effort against Irving MacArthur.
Jackson, who can play all five positions, made an impact in her first varsity season at Horn with 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
Plano senior Maggie Robbins, the 9-6A defensive player of the year, averaged three steals and two deflections per game as the Wildcats won the district title and advanced to the regional tournament.
McKinney senior Erin Fry was named to the team as the Lions made a surprising run to the state tournament.
Flower Mound freshman Madison Cox was also recognized, as she made an immediate impact with 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game on her way to winning 6-6A Newcomer of the Year.
Rounding out the local representatives, Sunnyvale senior Daniela Marcor and sophomore Takoya Stallings were named to the Class 4A all-state team.
Marcor, who was named 13-4A most valuable player for the second straight season, tallied 18.8 points, 2.8 steals and 2.6 assists per game.
Stallings, a first-team all-district performer for the second straight season, nearly averaged a double-double with 9.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest.
A number of local players were also named to the Academic All-State teams.
The 6A representatives included Rowlett’s Reagan Warren, McKinney’s Fry, Jessica Halderman, Naomi Anamekwe and Taylor Bouck, Plano West’s Brooke Blair, Brooke Johnson, Maheen Kara and Marigrace McDowell and Flower Mound’s Sheridan Fenner.
On the 5A team are Frisco Centennial’s Trinity McMillan and Olivia Sullivan, Frisco Heritage’s Laura Li and Marianne Pugh, Frisco Lebanon Trail’s Amielia Forsythe and Mia Smith, Frisco Lone Star’s Claire Cho and Makenna Long, Lovejoy’s Grace Bennett and The Colony’s Spear.
Sunnyvale’s Marcor was another duel honoree and she was joined on the Class 4A Academic All-State team by teammate Ashlyn Blazek.