Category: Girls basketball

Evan Ren’s 2021 Gym Rat Team: The toughest, hardest-working teammates in the Big Country

While scoring and rebounding garner much of the attention in basketball, there are other elements, crucial to success, that seldom grab headlines. 

Behind the scenes is where character, effort and sacrifice set the foundation for teams to reach their full potential. And it is with our Big Country Preps Gym Rat Team that we salute the individuals who bring these elements to the table. 

This team isn’t about who the best players are — though some of the area’s top players are on this list. 

The Gym Rat Team is about outworking, outhustling and outgiving everyone around you, both on the floor and off. Hard-working, honest, selfless, tough, coachable kids are what we seek for this roster. 

A Gym Rat Team member can be your best player or the last player off the bench. But the one thing all of them bring is an uncompromisingly good attitude. 

It is for that reason that our Gym Rat Team is selected entirely by area coaches. And Big Country Preps is truly honored to present these individuals to you — the best “team players” (boys and girls) that the area had to offer during the 2020-21 season.

Players are listed in no particular order. 

Enjoy.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT WEDNESDAY NIGHT PODCAST: Girls All-Big Country Preps team released!

THIS WEEK: Evan and Dan discuss the first-team roster for the 2021 All-Big Country Preps girls basketball team. 

All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Superlatives: Graham, Hanson, Allen and Booth take top awards

Here are our superlative award winners for the 2021 All-Big Country Preps girls basketball team. For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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2021 All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Team: First-Team Roster

Here are our first-team selections for the 2021 All-Big Country Preps girls basketball team. For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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2021 All Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Team: Second-Team Roster

Here are our second-team selections for the 2021 All-Big Country Preps girls basketball team. For the rest of this year’s boys and girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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2021 All-Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Team: Third-Team Roster (w/ honorable mention)

Here are our third-team selections for the 2021 All-Big Country Preps girls basketball team. For the rest of this year’s girls basketball selections, click the links below.

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GAME RECAP: Westbrook girls’ dream run ends with loss to No. 2 Nazareth in state semis

Photos by Mackenzie Teal, Press Pass Sports

WOLFFORTH — The Westbrook girls basketball team’s historic run came to an end Friday as the Lady Cats fell to Nazareth 48-17 in their state semifinal matchup at Frenship High School.

WHS, which was playing in the state tournament for the first time in school history, fell behind early and was never able to regroup against the No. 2 Swiftettes, who will go for their state record 25th state championship Wednesday against top-ranked Dodd City.

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PREVIEW: Westbrook girls look to keep historic run going against state power Nazareth

Coming off an impressive run through the Region II-1A bracket that required wins over Highland (48-36), Roby (60-27), No. 8 May (45-33), No. 4 Veribest (54-45) and No. 12 Rankin (62-41), the 13th-ranked Westbrook Lady Cats enter the Class 1A state semifinals with an abundance of confidence.

And why shouldn’t they? They’ve won nine of their last 10 games to improve to 26-4 on the year, while claiming their first district title since 1980 and their first state tournament berth in program history.

But waiting on the other side of the curtain, as a result of and reward for all that achievement, is Westbrook’s biggest challenge to date — a matchup with the most successful girls basketball program the state of Texas has ever seen.

In the Nazareth Swiftettes, with whom the Lady Cats will tangle at 7 p.m. Friday at Wolfforth Frenship, WHS will not only bear the burden of facing the No. 2 team in the state, it also will be tasked with matching the poise and composure of a program that’s making its 30th trip to the state semifinals and is in search of its 25th state championship.

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