Created on Tuesday, 09 March 2010 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Riverside’s girls basketball program has come a long way over the last few years. The team’s head coach and star player were honored Monday for their roles in the Pirates’ turnaround.
AMELIA CARTER DEAN SANFORD
Dean Sanford was named the Associated Press Division IV Southwest District coach of the year and senior center Amelia Carter was tabbed the district’s top player.
The Pirates went 15-8 this year and won league and sectional championships.
“This is very humbling,” said Sanford. “As coaches and players, it always feels nice to be recognized. The coaches that receive awards like this are the ones that have players willing to put in hard work. The kids deserve the credit.”
Carter was caught off guard by news of her prestigious award.
“I’m really surprised,” she said. “I never would have thought I would get an award like this. It’s awesome.”
Carter, a 5-11 center, dominated down low for the Pirates this winter. She averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds per game during the regular season. She scored 20 or more points in eight of the team’s 20 games.
“I am very happy for Amelia,” said Sanford. “She was bound and determined to do everything she could do to help her team win.”