High school girls basketball: 2014 Deseret News MVPs worked relentlessly to lead their schools to titles

Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 9:30 p.m. MDT

On the defensive end of the floor, Lyman's 6-foot-1 frame poses a problem for opposing offenses. She averaged 9.3 rebounds per game this season along with 2.1 steals every night.

"She's very long and covers a lot of ground," Jones said. "She's got enough length for tips and steals and rebounds. She is a force in the middle."

Meanwhile, Lyman's speed allows her to play an inside-out game on offense.

"I don't know how many times she got a rebound and went coast-to-coast," Jones said of his player who averaged 9.9 points per game. "She can post up, she can shoot over anyone who guards her, and she is quick enough to go around someone bigger."

And the best news: Lyman is just a junior, returning to the Wolves' roster next season in search of another title to take back to Enterprise.

Class 2A All-State girls basketball teams

1A MVP

Darri Frandsen, Panguitch

Frandsen was thrown into the Panguitch starting lineup her freshman year. A lone forward on a team full of guards, coach Curtis Barney and the Bobcats desperately needed her in the key.

That first year was tough. Frandsen struggled, and Panguitch won just 10 of 23 games. But with Frandsen's great desire to improve, which often shows itself in her early arrival and late exit from practice, combined with two years of experience, that decision is now paying off in droves.

Frandsen and the Bobcats posted a perfect season, moving unscathed through region and the state tournament en route to the 1A championship.

"She gained a lot of experience and has turned into a great post for us," said Barney. "We knew we needed her to be a good offensive player, so we went to work on post moves. It was important to have a good inside game to go with our outside game."

After averaging just seven points a night during her first season, the 6-foot junior averaged a double-double this past season, scoring 17.7 points and grabbing 10.9 rebounds per game while also blocking shots, altering shots, and offering piece of mind to her guards on the defensive end.

"It allows us to take more chances and be more aggressive on the outside knowing she's back there," Barney said.

With her senior season now in front of her, and every single player returning for Panguitch next season, Frandsen and Barney already have a handful of goals drawn up as they both look to defend their championship and generate opportunities for the forward to play beyond high school.

"We are adding quickness and strength to her defense and a 10-foot jump shot to her offense," Barney said. "I have challenged to her to do that, and I am sure I will find her working on it in a gym somewhere."

Class 1A All-State girls basketball teams

Sarah Thomas earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MBA at Westminster College. She has been covering sports for the Deseret News since 2008.

Photo credits: Jeffrey D. Allred, Scott G Winterton, Deseret News; Trevor Christensen, The Spectrum & Daily News; Chad Hunt, Richfield Reaper

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