High school basketball: Girls All-State basketball Defensive Players of the Year

Published: Tuesday, March 19 2013 12:40 p.m. MDT

1A DPOY: #10 Alissa Atisme, Layton Christian Next » 1 of 5 « Prev
LAYTON — There really isn’t much Alissa Atisme couldn’t do for the Layton Christian Eagles.

But it was her athleticism and ability to anticipate passes that helped the Eagles earn fourth place in the 1A state tournament.

“She’s always been good with steals,” said LCA head coach Lewis Lofton. “Her strength is her defense off the ball. She’s very aggressive away from the ball.”

It’s not just that she does a good job with her defensive assignment, she is one of those players who picks up on what the opposing team is doing and finds ways to counter it.

“She can read the offense, even away from the ball, and that’s why she gets so many steals,” Lofton said. “She’s quick and smart.”

Her abilities forced opposing coaches to be creative — and vigilant — when they faced the Eagles.

"Alissa is probably the quickest, most explosive player in the state," said St. Joseph head coach Joe Cravens. "She created her own offense out of her defense. You had to always be conscious of where she was because of her great defensive ability and the amount of steals and havoc she created defensively."

Atisme was an unselfish player content to contribute in whatever way the Eagles needed. Her hard work and good attitude helped the team gel, especially during the playoff run.

She averaged 11.32 points, 4.32 steals, 5.5 rebounds and 2.91 assists per game.
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