SM Northwest girls land 3 on all-Sunflower squads
Becca Roberts has a reputation around the Sunflower League as a player who can set her feet in the paint and not be moved.
The senior forward for the Shawnee Mission Northwest girls' basketball team just as firmly planted herself in the minds of Sunflower League coaches as evidenced by her recent selection to the league's first team all-Sunflower squad released last week.
Roberts leads a group of three Cougars to earn league postseason honors as selected by the league's coaches.
In addition to Roberts, senior guard Jessie Bocquin was named second team all-Sunflower League while her backcourt mate, Shaina Hunt, was given honorable mention honors.
Roberts, a Central Missouri signee and three-year starter for the Cougars, tied for the team lead in scoring (12.3 points per game) and led the team in rebounding with more than 7 boards per contest.
Northwest coach John Reiff knows that Roberts' presence, especially in the paint, will be missed.
"In certain games, she was really hard to stop," Reiff said. "When she got it down low with her back to the basket she was almost unstoppable."
Bocquin's second-team honor came as a result of her emergence as another serious scoring option to go with Roberts' post offense. Bocquin tied Roberts for the team lead in scoring with 12.3 points per game while sharing point guard duties with Hunt. She remained a dangerous threat from the outside while adding a dribble drive facet to her game during her senior year.
"We depended on Jessie for a lot of our scoring," Reiff said. "She really improved her ball-handling for us this year, too."
Hunt, who combined with Bocquin and fellow senior Katy Stithem to form a triple threat from the outside, was honored not only for her ability to score, but for her effort in taking over a position that may not have been meant for her.
"She did a good job," Reiff said. "She had to play a little bit out of position. We had her at point guard when she's really more of a shooting guard. She knocked down some very important threes for us this year and they seemed to come at crucial times."
While Roberts heads to Warrensburg to continue her basketball career, Hunt will head to Manhattan to enroll at Kansas State with her basketball career behind her. Bocquin, whose college plans are currently undecided, will look to continue her playing days.
"Jessie's a little undecided," Reiff said. "She's looking at some small schools right now. Somewhere she's going to play."