Thu Mar 31st, 2016
Special to the Drum
Denied a probable opportunity to show her diversified skill set before all at the State Championships in Pueblo by unlikely underdog Westcliffe Custer County at regionals in Alamosa, Hilda Garcia made enough of an impact this winter as not only a scoring threat but all-around weapon to catch the classification’s collective eye.
Having totaled 271 points at 12.3 per game – she did not play in two – while also averaging around three rebounds, assists and steals per in helping Ignacio more or less replicate last season’s 17-5 record, Garcia was one of two sophomores (Ault Highland’s Maison Tolle being the other) and three underclassmen receiving Honorable Mention status when the All-2A Team – presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.com – was revealed March 25.
Wray’s Morgan Smith, a freshman, was the other selection not currently a junior or senior … like IHS’ Ellie Seibel, also named Honorable Mention All-2A after finishing her Lady Bobcat career 58-33 (she’d been a reserve contributing towards Ignacio’s State appearance ending the 2012-13 campaign as a freshman) in four seasons.
Class 2A Player-of-the-Year Logan Hixon was one of three Yuma teammates named First Team, joining fellow senior guard Peighton Roth and senior center/forward Tara Traphagan, and YHS head coach Mike Neill was voted Coach-of-the-Year after his team went 26-1 and defeated Paonia (24-3; led by First Team senior center Ashley VanVleet) 55-46 for the State Championship.
Cedaredge senior guard Nellie Freeman rounded out the First Team, while PHS junior guard Sophia Anderson joined Swink’s Taiylor Holland, Wray’s Hannah Lenz, Akron’s Alexandria “A.J.” Miller, Calhan’s Mikaela Parker and Oak Creek Soroco’s Briana Peterson – all seniors – on the Second Team.