High school basketball: Girls All-State basketball Most Valuable Players

Published: Monday, March 18 2013 11:21 p.m. MDT

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Athletes like Megan Bean are like four-leaf clovers — so rare it’s hard not to feel a bit of magic is at work.

“She has made a lasting impact on Richfield basketball since she was a freshman,” said Richfield head Marc Peterson. “Megan is and will be one of the best players to have played at Richfield.”

Bean is a two-time 2A MVP in basketball, which is her second sport. She signed with Weber State in volleyball, where she was also a two-time MVP.

“Her commitment to volleyball did not stop her from giving everything she had to basketball. She was more determined than anyone to get back to that championship game. She had an excuse not to work as hard because she’d committed to volleyball, but that wasn’t even on her radar.”

Like the other Wildcat seniors, Bean was single-minded about winning a state title in her final high school season.

She led the team with 14 points, 7.38 rebounds and two steals per game. Peterson said her stats could have been even better if coaches hadn’t taken the starters out of most region games by the second half. She helped the Wildcats to an undefeated region title and 2A state championship.

“She didn’t get too many second-half minutes,” he said.

What set Bean apart from other post players, he said, was her speed and agility.

“She runs the floor like a guard and is very quick to the ball and the hoop,” he said. “Megan controlled the paint on offense and made it very difficult for opposing teams to score in the paint.”

Her willingness to work hard, regardless of the task, set a tone that permeated the program.

“Megan’s strong work ethic has made her an example to all of the younger players in the program,” he said.

Bean was surrounded by talented players at Richfield, but Peterson said regardless of her situation, her work ethic would have made her a success.

“You could put Megan on any other team and they’re a better team,” he said. “Even though she’s won a lot of awards, she just still the same kid, gives you everything she’s got, and humble at the same time. She’s a coach’s dream.”
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