By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
With the high school basketball regular season fully in the rear view mirror, it is time to hand out some hardware as we celebrate the best players and moments from another terrific season on the hardwood.
Offensive Player of the Year: Colin Curran, McKinney North
The junior sharp shooter averaged nearly 14 PPG in District 13-4A this season, becoming an important offensive weapon for the Bulldogs from the perimeter. His three-point shooting stretched out opposing defenses and made the Bulldogs one of the more dynamic offenses in 13-4A.
Defensive Player of the Year: Raynell Denny, McKinney High
Denny averaged 12 rebounds per game while giving the Lions some size in the paint in a very difficult District 10-5A. The 6-foot-4-inch senior post player set the tone on the glass for the Lions, often times matching up against some of the bigger players in district.
Coach of the Year: Dean Christian, McKinney Boyd
Christian led the Broncos to their first 20-win season, as well as the program’s first trip to the postseason. Boyd went 4-6 in its first season in the newly formed 10-5A, defeating crosstown rival McKinney two out of three meetings this season.
Game of the Year: MHS-Boyd on Jan. 18 (MHS won 63-60)
The first of two district meetings pitted two rivals both in need of a district victory. You can relive the game by checking out TSB’s coverage of the game by clicking here.
Offensive Player of the Year: Alexis Mason, North
The senior guard led the team in scoring with 543 points and in assists with 144. She was the District 13-4A MVP and the main catalyst behind a Lady Bulldog team that won 30 games this season.
Defensive Player of the Year: KK Connor, North
Connor was a main cog in a defense that allowed just 43 points per game in district play. She was a 13-4A All-District First Team member this season, voted on by the coaches.
Coach of the Year: Debbie Harris, MHS
The Lionettes snuck into the postseason after finishing 10-5A play with a 4-6 record. Despite the Bi-district round loss to Skyline, Harris led a roster that was projected to finish last in the district by coaches and media, and guided them to a playoff appearance in 2013.
Game of the Year: MHS-Plano East on Jan. 8 (MHS won 46-45)
The Lionettes traveled to Plano East for the first of three meetings this season. In just the second district game of the season, McKinney topped the Lady Panthers 46-45 after the Lionettes outscored East 25-15 in the first half. Mariah Mitchell had a game-high 26 points for McKinney, as the Lionettes improved to 1-1 in 10-5A.
Congratulations to all the winners of the TSB Basketball Awards, and to the McKinney North boys and girls, the MHS girls, and the Boyd boys teams for making it to the postseason in 2013. Remember that the MVP Award will be handed out next Friday right here on TSB, so check back in then to find out the most valuable player for the boys and girls teams! You can check out the nominees for the award here.