Countless hours at the gym in pursuit of higher goals, led Trinity Oliver to improve in nearly every category this season.
The Euless Trinity junior had a 12-point spike per game this season and led area teams in points per game, earning her Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year honor.
“It means so much to me, just knowing that all my hard work has paid off and there’s no greater feeling than reaching your goals and accomplishing them,” said Oliver, who plays forward and guard.
Oliver averaged 25.2 points per game for the District 7-6A champion Trojans. A big part for her improvement was 3-point shooting. After not attempting one last season, Oliver attempted 93 this season, making 33 shots (35 percent).
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“I’ve been really pushing myself to become more confident and comfortable with my threes and my jumper,” she said.
Oliver also averaged 10.8 rebounds, 4.2 steals, 1.3 blocks, and shot 73.2 percent from the free-throw line.
The “area I felt she improved was offensive rebounds,” Trinity coach Sue Cannon said. “She averaged 4.2 offensive rebounds this year compared to 3.3 last year.
“In my 44 years overall as a coach, I can name at least five players that had the same caliber as Trinity. To have a player like her on your team, it’s very special knowing she works hard to get better and it just makes my job easier.”
The highly recruited junior also shot 57 percent from the field, hit the 1,500-point career milestone this season and was named 7-6A Most Valuable Player. She was also named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches 6A all-state team.
Oliver scored 809 points and will enter her senior campaign with 1,695 career points.
“Trinity has become way more aggressive this year,” Trinity point guard Haleigh Talbert said. “Playing with her for three years has been a great experience and she’s great on and off the court. She’s not afraid to get on you about things in practice to make you better.”
For Oliver, it was a season to remember.
“This season is one that I will never forget. Just to see my tremendous growth from last year to this year,” Oliver said. “Going undefeated in my district and putting a smile on my coaches face was a blast.”
F Lexi Gordon, Jr., Hurst L.D. Bell: 7-6A Offensive MVP, TABC all-state, 24.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg and 65 3-pointers made. Committed to UConn.
F Chennedy Carter, Jr., Mansfield Timberview: 14-5A MVP, TABC all-state, 18.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 3.0 spg, 49 percent shooting, 70 percent from the line.
G Evie Whorley, Jr., Kennedale: Co-MVP in 7-4A, TABC all-region, scored 753 points, 20.9 ppg, 46 percent shooting, 5.3 rpg, 3.9 spg, 2.8 apg.
F Bryn Gerlich, Soph., Colleyville Heritage: First team 7-6A, TABC all-region, scored 710 points, 21.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 spg, 47 percent shooting, 78 percent from the line.
F Grayson Bright, Sr., Keller Fossil Ridge: First team 5-6A, TABC all-region, went for 17.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.7 spg, 2.3 bpg. Going to Texas Tech in the fall.
F Alexus Jones, Sr., Aledo: 8-5A MVP, TABC all-region, had 15.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 49 percent shooting, 35 percent from three, 77 percent from the line.
F Shelby Jasso, Sr., Saginaw Boswell: 15.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.2 spg, 2.3 apg. Named Defensive MVP in 5-5A. TABC all-region.
G Grace Daniels, Jr., Mansfield Legacy: 14-5A Offensive MVP, TABC all-region had 16.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 spg., school record 52 points in season opener.
F Alexus Seaton, Jr., FW Arlington Heights: 7-5A MVP finished with 17 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 6.0 bpg, 5.0 spg and 3.0 apg for district champions.
G Jasmyne Robinson, Soph., Arlington Bowie: 15.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 3.9 spg, and 4-6A MVP
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
G Abbey Walter, Fr., Birdville: 445 points, 14.4 ppg, 45 percent shooting, 35 percent from three, 75 percent free throws, 4.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.1 spg, 6-5A Offensive MVP, TABC all-region.