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Three Saltillo girls get hoop honors

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SALTILLO — The gym is quiet now at the home of the Lions and the Lady Lions.
But anyone who thinks work is not being done toward next year's basketball team is a fool.
Garry Davison, the Saltillo coach for almost 20 years, is turning this year's honors into a springboard into next year.
Saltillo standouts Brooke Lane,  Emily White and Kimber Thompson were recently named all-region in the Class 1A; Lane was also named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-State team.
White, a 5-9 senior post, she averaged 13.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists;  Thompson, a 5-10 sophomore pumped in 14.1 points a game while pulling down 9.2 rebounds a game; Lane, a 5-11 sophomore point guard, scored 20.1 points a game, averaging 9.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists an outing for the Lady Lions.
Davison had two players named all state last year, but this was the first time a sophomore had earned the honor.
"I’ve had girls make all-state before, but this is the first time in 19 years I have had a sophomore named all-state. We are really excited for all the girls to get recognized. Brooke is just a sophomore and she keeps getting better," Davison said. "She averaged 20 points a game and we will depend on her for scoring and passing the ball."
The coach also said he wants the all-stater to put in work during the off-season on her long range shooting.
"I'd like for Brooke to be a 40 percent 3-point shooter. There's no reason she can't do it, she just needs practice. I'd like for her to add that part to her game and it will really help the team," Davison said. "She already is a good shooter, we just want her to be more consistent from long range."
Davison said, "She has two years left in high school, she has the game to make it very special. With her shooting 3's, that makes the defense change from a zone. It makes the other team decide who to put on her, we can move he around a create a mismatch. It opens up a lot of different things."
The coach smiled and said, "If they (opponents) go to a man-to-man, we feel like we have an advantage. We can move Brooke around to several positions, even post her up because she's such a good rebounder. She will also take on more leadership, which is all right. She has the kind of personality where she can handle it. She doesn't get bothered with a lot of pressure on her shoulders."
Thompson earned all-region honors and is another sophomore the Lady Lions will be building around next year.
"She needs to work at being a more consistent shooter from the 15-foot range," Davison said.  "We'd also like for her to be more comfortable with her back to the goal. She averaged almost 10 rebounds a game, so she is already good in the lane. But we think she can also get better."
White, the lone senior honored, is the only player of the three who is leaving the program.
"We went to the regional finals her freshman year," Davison said. "After that it was kind of rough, we'd lose to the team that won it made the finals. She's had a pretty tough road in the playoffs. But she was a good performer for us."
Davison looked back at the recent basketball schedule with some disappointment that maybe the team didn’t make the most of their chances and state-ranking.
"We were 27-3 and a lot of people would be satisfied," Davison said. "But I think we can do better. We did not finish strong. We lost before I thought we would in the playoffs. We learned from it, we will put in the work to get better. It helps having Brooke and Kimber coming back."



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