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Barbers Hill freshman Dalanna Carter enjoyed a stellar opening prep season to her career and has been named the 2019-20 Baytown Sun Girls Basketball Player of the Year. (Photo by Valerie Hull)

Freshman Dalanna Carter came to Barbers Hill as a touted basketball player.

One of the best players from the Class of 2023 in Texas proved her publicity to be right on target as she helped lead the Lady Eagles to a 33-5 record, District 21-5A title and a spot in the Class 5A Region 3 area round.

Combine that with scoring average of 23.1 ppg and four boards, three-plus assists and three steals per game, it all adds up to Carter leading the area Select team and being named the 2019-20 Baytown Sun Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

“Dalanna is one of the best players in all of Houston,” Barbers Hill head coach Bryan Harris said. “She is very dynamic and can score at will and plays outstanding defense.

“Dalanna is making waves as a freshman and she has a great work ethic.  The sky is the limit for this young guard.”

Carter knows she had a big season, but she is quick to acknowledge the importance her older teammates played in her success.

“Coach Harris always emphasized ‘sticks in a bundle are unbreakable’ and we tried to focus on playing team basketball,” she said. “My teammates welcomed me with open arms and we had great leadership from the seniors.  My teammates trusted me with the ball in my hands.  We had a lot of fun on bus rides and pre-game and the chemistry was great.  We all respected each other.”

It didn’t hurt Carter that the program was a well-respected one.

“I always heard about Barbers Hill and how well they do in girls basketball and I want to be the one that continues that tradition,” Carter said. “

Rest of the Select

Sequoia Carroll, sophomore, Crosby: A shining light during a tough Crosby season averaging 14 ppg and 10 rpg.

Kim Duhon, sophomore, REL: The flashy point guard was District 22-5A Newcomer of the Year with 11.9 ppg, 6.4 apg and 3.4 spg.

Alex Haymon, senior, GCM: If not for Carter’s breakout, Haymon may have been the Sun’s top player.  The Lady Patriot averaged 17.7 ppg and 9.1 rpg en route to being named the District 22-5A MVP.

“She shows up everyday and works hard on and off the floor,” GCM head coach Briceida Razo said. “Alex dominated the paint in district play.”

Jaelin Holden, senior, Barbers Hill: The senior provided a backbone for the Lady Eagles.

“She had outstanding leadership qualities and our best interior threat,” Harris said.

Precious Johnson, senior, Sterling: The University of Texas signee finished with averages of 13 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Alyssa Ruiz, sophomore, REL: The gunner knew how to shoot from deep or attack the tin, averaging 12.1 ppg.

Rachel Sarlls, sophomore, Barbers Hill: The wing has a lot of tools to use on her belt and averaged 10.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg.

Bailee St. Romain, junior, Sterling: The high-flying Lady Rangers averaged 12 points and nine rebounds an outing.

HONORABLE MENTION

Isis Edwards, GCM

Jazlyn Marcus: Barbers Hill

Michaela Ray: Crosby

Chloe Shelby: REL

Kortney Wright: GCM

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