Everything has a greatest.
For Willow Park Trinity girls basketball, that is Alex Ross.
The senior recently concluded her final season as a Lady Eagle as the program’s all-time leader in career points (1,398), rebounds (727) and steals (332).
She was also recently named first-team Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Division I All-State for a third straight year after leading all of TCAF in scoring.
Other career accolades throughout her four seasons as a starter include district newcomer of the year as a freshman, district defensive player of the year as a sophomore, first team all-district as a junior, and district MVP and offensive player of the year as a senior.
"She has been a crucial part of the Lady Eagles varsity program throughout her high school career," said coach Jeff Anderson. "She has excelled in every area of the game and, through her success has brought recognition to both herself and her teammates.
"Even with all the individual accolades, Alex’s greatest contribution has been in setting an example of what it means to be a selfless teammate."
This was never more evident than her junior season, when she suffered a season-ending knee injury.
"Alex worked her way back to the basketball court in spite of being told it was likely she would not be able to play as a senior," said Anderson. "Her presence and example once again served as an inspiration to her teammates as she led a young team to within four points of a district championship as well as to the playoffs."
Alex’s high school career began in a dream fashion. She was on the same team as her older sister Dani, a senior.
"I honestly could not have asked for a better start to my high school career," Alex said.
The team reached the state final four and Alex was awarded newcomer of the year.
She helped her team return to state as a sophomore and junior. However, she did not get to play in the tournament her junior year because of the aforementioned injury.
"It was a very emotional time for me when I tore my ACL because I didn’t know if I was going to be able to play my senior season," she said.
"Rehab became my sole focus. I worked hard and went through nine months of physical therapy to try and get my knee well enough to play my senior year.
"Thanks to my awesome therapist, and the support of my friends and family, I was able to play my senior season."
However, the trips to state ended. Having only three seniors and one junior on the team, the roster was mostly freshmen and sophomores.
"Even though we fell short in making it to the state tournament, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls to play with my senior year, and couldn’t have asked for a better coach," she said.
Alex was also on the varsity volleyball team all four seasons. She helped the team reach state each of her final three years, including finishing as runners-up her senior season.
But basketball is her main love.
"I have loved the game of basketball for as long as I can remember," she said. "I aways wanted to play for my school and be the very best that I could be."
But she does not plan to play in college.
"I have never really wanted to play at the college level because I felt that when that time came in my life, I really wanted to experience college and all it had to offer," Alex said. "I will miss the competition, and I look forward to possibly playing at the intramural level."
Having grown up in a medical family (her dad is a doctor, mother a nurse), she plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall and get a degree in Allied Health, followed by a pursuit of nursing school.
"I believe the human body to be absolutely incredible and fascinating, and along with this to have the opportunity to help people as a nurse makes it a dream come true," she said.
As for her career at Trinity and the records, Alex said she still has to remind herself they are indeed real.
"It is such an honor to hold these basketball records. I never thought that it was a possibility especially after my injury," she said. "I am truly grateful for all of them and I don’t think I would put one above the others.
"After I became the leading scorer, I was given the ball that I had beaten the record with. My coach and my teammates signed it, and now I can cherish that moment forever."