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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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As the only returning varsity starter, Erin Reichle felt a lot of pressure to carry the Weber Warriors.

Unfortunately, the more she tried to do it on her own, the more the young Warriors struggled.

“The pressure in the preseason was pressure she put on herself, and she just tried to do too much,” said Weber head coach Rick Stoekl. “We sat down and worked it out that the only way we could be successful is for her to trust the other players. She had to trust that they would make their shots, get rebounds, and when she did that, she relaxed more.”

And her teammates’ confidence grew. Reichle’s faith in them helped them to rely on her less.

“She made everybody comfortable with their roles,” he said. “We stopped standing around watching Erin play.” The guard led her team with 22 points per game, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. She helped her team find success in a very difficult Region 1. The Warriors were the only team to beat region champion Davis — and they beat them twice.

“Erin was really hard to prepare for,” said Davis head coach Anne Jones. “She does so many things really well. She was a rebounder, a shooter. The ball was always in her hands. … She’s very dangerous.”

But maybe more difficult for opponents to deal with was how she helped her teammates improve as the season progressed.

“The thing about Erin is not only was she a great player, but she made everyone around her better,” said Jones. “All of the Region 1 coaches, nobody could stop her. When it got tight, I think she beat you all by herself. You knew what was going to happen; you tried to prepare; but she’s just so tough mentally and has such great fundamental basketball skills, she’d still beat you, almost single-handedly.”

Her skill was exceeded only by her intelligence.

“She’s just extremely smart on the floor,” said Stoekl, “but athletically, her quickness and strength were her best qualities. She was just so strong. That’s the biggest thing, her speed and he strength.”

Still, the team’s ability to compete in such a tough, deep region hinged on her ability to inspire and lead her teammates

“She was definitely our leader,” said Stoekl. “She just showed them that she trusted them. Every day in practice she was in there encouraging them to shoot, to rebound, to play defense, so in that respect, that’s how our team became better. She trusted them and they trusted her.”

Reichle signed with Dixie State University, although she may seek a release as the coach who recruited her was recently fired, Stoekl said.

An honor student, Reichle also plays second base for the defending 5A state champion Weber High softball team. If anyone deserves recognition for her effort, on and off the court this season, it’s Reichle, her coach says.

“She deserves her accolades,” said Stoekl. “I’ve never seen a kid that’s worked as hard as she does at this age.”
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