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

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

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Haley Bodnar decided last year that she wanted to get better as a basketball player.

Her hard work in the offseason paid off as she led the Thunder to a region title and second-place finish in the 3A state tournament.

“She has height; she’s athletic and strong; and she just spends a lot of time playing,” said Thunder head coach Chris Allred. “She’s already preparing for next year, trying to make herself a better player.

The junior center is a force on offense and defense at an athletic 6-foot-3. She averaged 13.6 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game. Her ability to defend the paint made it tough on opponents.

“Not only was she being double-teamed but often it was triple-teamed,” he said. “A lot of teams were doing a lot of things to try and stop her.”

Her evolution was a key reason why the Thunder was ranked No. 1 throughout the season.

“Haley has worked extremely hard and the improvement from her sophomore year to her junior was incredible,” said Snow Canyon head coach Wade Jensen. “She has the potential to be great. She changed games just by her presence in the paint.”

Allred agreed.

“She came a long way this year,” he said. “I don’t know of anyone in the state who can score with her back to the basket as well as she can. She also works extremely hard for position down low.”

Funny and laid back off the court, Allred said she is a “unique personality.”

Bodnar isn’t the kind of player to let emotions get the best of her.

“She’s not one that’s up and down,” Allred said. “She doesn’t get teary-eyed. But she hates to lose. That really bothers her. ... She’s a good student who works hard to do her best.”
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