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

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

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RICHFIELD — Sammi Beck had one of the state’s best players, at any level, in the paint, which could have meant taking it easy now and then on the perimeter.

Instead, Beck became the perimeter compliment to Megan Bean’s defense in the paint.

“I hated it,” said San Juan head coach Justin Moon of playing against Beck. “What was amazing about her is that, yeah, she was on that great team, and having Megan Bean behind you, it would be easy to say, ‘Oh, that makes life easier.’ She very well could have had a terrible attitude, and said I want to be the kid who scores. But she was unselfish and willing to play defense. She could guard against any position from point guard to post. She made life miserable for us opposing coaches.”

Beck was so capable, she could have contributed in any number of ways, but her team needed her to stop the other team’s best perimeter player.

“She understood her role, and she was content with that,” said Richfield head coach Marc Peterson. “She’s just gutsy, hard-nosed and her defensive style is just aggressive. She’s just a tough kid.”

Both Moon and Peterson acknowledged that Beck’s role was to harass the opposing team’s best players.

“Sammi took on the number one defensive assignment every time we took the floor,” Peterson said. “Sammi's ability to play up in the face of opposing guards helped Richfield to achieving its best defensive year ever. This was the best defensive team that I have coached and Sammi was a major part of that. Her effort on defense encouraged the rest of the team to step up their defense as well. She is a great athlete and proved that over and over again on the basketball court.”
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