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All-SCV Girls Hoops POY Brooke LeMar: Finished strong

Posted: April 7, 2010 10:14 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Canyon point guard Brooke LeMar led the Foothill League in points and assists per game this season.

 
Canyon High senior Brooke LeMar redefined finishing strong with her senior year, and proved herself as the top talent on the Foothill League's top girls basketball team in the process.

LeMar already had a basketball scholarship to Southern Illinois University in hand before her senior season tipped off, but she never took her foot off the gas pedal.

Before the season began, the Cowboys brought in a new coach, Chuck Johns. And with Johns came a new pace.

The run-and-gun transition style LeMar had grown accustomed to after transferring from Golden Valley her sophomore year had changed to more of a stop-and-go tempo.

It didn't slow LeMar one bit.

Instead, she improved her half-court game, became virtually unstoppable when driving to the basket and increased her scoring average by nearly two points per game to 14.9.

Teammates Alexus Bryant, Adriana Dent and Kayla Michel, all upped their scoring averages as beneficiaries of LeMar's five assists per game. It didn't hurt that LeMar's 46 percent field-goal shooting kept defenses honest as well.

LeMar led the league in scoring and she led her team in nearly every offensive category. She was a first-team all-league and first-team All-CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA selection.

Most importantly, she added the perfect capstone to her career as a Cowboy: a league title.

She helped lead a young, hungry cast past a West Ranch squad laden with senior talent.

It not only ended Canyon's 36-year title drought, it established what could be a bright future for the Cowboys.

With Dent, Bryant and a host of others coming back, Canyon's days of second-fiddle status are likely gone for a while.

But that's up to someone else.

LeMar's intense defensive pressure, uncanny knack for finding the hoop and ability to lead all point to great potential at the next level.

Her season might have ended a little bit sooner than she would have liked, with a 63-48 loss in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Div. IIAA playoffs to Edison, but there's plenty left for LeMar to accomplish on the court.

There's always a transition period when a player reaches the next level, but don't expect this future Saluki to slow down any time soon.


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