Weakley County once again proved its rich tradition when it comes to girls’ high school basketball over the course of this past season.
Three teams went to the state tournament when all four should have been there and one came home with a state championship.
The wealth of talent in this county is amazing. It was obvious before the season began that it was going to be a tough call on which senior would be named the Weakley County Press Girls’ Basketball Prep Player of the Year.
A lot of senior players could have won this annual award and each would have been very deserving. It took one game to make this extremely hard decision.
Westview’s Deja Graves separated herself from the rest of the pack with her gutsy performance in her final high school game in the Class AA semifinals. For that she is the Prep Player of the Year.
Graves missed nearly all of the second period in the semifinals after injuring an ankle and got back in the game just before the end of the first half. She went on to notch a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds with her ankle heavily taped. That earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team and set her apart from the other contenders for the Prep Player of the Year Award.
The senior post player received her award Thursday in the school cafeteria in front of her teammates, coaches and vice principal. It was something she was definitely not expecting as she and her Lady Charger teammates all thought they were in some kind trouble.
“I never really thought I was going to get something like this,” Graves said. “I started off not playing at all and not knowing what to do. I was able to develop all the way to my last year to being able to become what I am and sign with a college team.”
Graves signed with Union University before the season started. She averaged 12 points, 7.5 rebounds and two blocked shots per game over the course of her senior season. Those numbers are very similar to some of the other players who were in contention for the award, such as her teammate Tasia Jones, Gleason’s Jayden Green, Dresden’s Mary Grace Davis and even MaKayla Little of Greenfield was in the running.
For the rest of story including more from Graves and her plans for the summer, check out the May 8 edition of the Weakley County Press. Call 731-587-3144 to subscribe for home delivery and/or online access.