In what was a strong season for the Woodard-Granger High School girls’ basketball team, accolades continue to roll in for two Hawks hoops stars as they recently earned All-West Central Activities Conference honors.
One such honor was a second team All-Conference selection while the second belonged to the honorable mention category.
Although it was her very first season playing in the varsity ranks, freshman phenom Emma Anderson put up a season performance worthy of a second team All-Conference selection. Anderson delivered quite a lot for the Hawks across the 2018-19 campaign, including 293 total points, equating to 36 percent of Woodward-Granger’s point total on the season. Anderson was the only Hawk player to average double figures in scoring with 12.7 points per game. That mark was good enough for fourth across the entire landscape and she did so on 106-of-318 from field goal range. The 318 shot attempts ranked second in the conference behind only Panorama’s Bailey Beckman.
Anderson was also a 66 percent free throw shooter on the season with the second most attempts and made baskets from the charity stripe within the West Central Activities Conference. Anderson was also quite the pick-pocket, collecting a team leading and conference third best 74 steals on the season.
“Emma was made for basketball,” head coach Gary Dresback. “She’s so talented with ball handling and has great technique shooting the ball. Like all great players, Emma is constantly looking for ways to score, even if it’s not herself that scores. She’s always aware of what’s happening on the court at all times and seems to be a step ahead of everyone both mentally and physically.”
The freshman star also added 32 assists and eight blocks for her inaugural high school season.
The honorable mention honoree for the Hawks belonged to future collegiate star Kayley Dresback. The senior star had quite the swan song of a season and just like Anderson, was a key piece to a strong season for the Hawks. Dresback led all Woodward-Granger scorers with 16 made three point baskets, accounting for 23.5 percent shooting from three point range.
Dresback averaged a total of 7.3 points per game on 169 total points scored through 23 games played. The senior connected on 44-of-159 shot attempts from field goal range as a whole. Dresback was second on the team in assists, only behind Anderson as the senior posted 29 assists to go along with 59 steals and four blocks. Just as with Anderson, Dresback earned some high praise from coach Dresback on her seasonal performance.
“Kayley has shown that she can not only be a good player at the varsity level, but a phenomenal leader as well,” said Dresback. “While some may get flustered in tough situations, Kayley calmly looks for a way to get out of such a situation and looks not to salvage but to end a possession in points. That is so valuable to a coach and a team as a whole and she was extremely important in the success of the team this year.”
Woodward-Granger girls’ basketball ended the season with an overall record of 11-12, and 6-9 in conference play.