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Lady Panthers standout looking forward to fall

Colleyville Heritage Panthers Bryn Gerlich (10) is looking forward to next season.
Colleyville Heritage Panthers Bryn Gerlich (10) is looking forward to next season. Special to the Star-Telegram

In just two seasons on the Colleyville Heritage girls basketball team, Bryn Gerlich has already made her mark in a big way.

Gerlich was named to the first team all-state 6A girls basketball squad, and coach Dianna Sager said her contributions are immeasurable.

“She is the total package,” Sager said. “She is a great kid who can play multiple positions on the floor. I think I was even more impressed with her second season than her first, because she increased her percentages in every category. That is very impressive.”

Gerlich averaged 21 points and six rebounds per game this past season and helped the Lady Panthers to a postseason berth, and Sager said that almost more than her ability on the court is the type of person that she is off the court.

“She is a really good kid,” Sager said. “She was voted a team captain by the other players as a sophomore. She is a great leader on and off the court, and just the type of player you want to have on your team.”

Gerlich said she was pleased with how her team performed as a whole on the season and said she believes the Lady Panthers are capable of accomplishing just as much, if not more, next season.

“This year, I thought our team played with a lot of chemistry which allowed us to have a successful season,” Gerlich said. “Anything that happened on the court, we wouldn’t let bother us off, which I think was a huge part of it. We never felt like we were forced to be around each other because we were all friends off the court as well. This year I think we were definitely the underdogs to a lot of people and surprised most when they got to watch us.

“We loved being the underdogs, though. We found it kind of as a ‘challenge’ to beat and I think we were able to meet it. We only lost two seniors, so I think next year will be a fun season going down to 5A.”

Gerlich, 16, is also a member of the volleyball and track and field teams, as well as the PALS program and Red Jackets Association, which are essentially the school’s student ambassadors.

The incoming junior has some definite plans for the offseason.

“Over the summer, I plan to keep working on my shooting, ball handling, but also my leadership skills now that I’m going to be an upperclassmen,” Gerlich said. “I always just want everyone to be happy and no drama but sometimes I need to speak up so I’ll be working on that a lot.”