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

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

3A DPOY: #23 Caroline Lantor, Dixie Next » 3 of 5 « Prev
ST. GEORGE — What Caroline Lantor does for Dixie can’t be accurately captured on a stat sheet.

“Her greatest strength is just her competitive nature,” said Dixie head coach Ken Robinson. “She just refuses to lose. She just goes out and finds a way to get it done. She never takes time off; she is into every play.”

Lantor is a smaller post player at 5-foot-10. But once she found her place in the paint, she found her purpose. Her defense was key in the Flyers post-season run that ended with a thrilling victory over Region 9 co-champ, Deseret Hills.

“Defensively for them, she became a lot better when they moved her inside,” said Thunder head coach Chris Allred. “She was more effective, more physical.” Robinson said Lantor, who grabbed 130 rebounds, 47 steals and tipped 61 balls away, was the person they called on to contain the other team’s best player.

“She takes it up on herself that she needs to make a difference,” Robinson said. “She always seems to be involved defensively. I think some of her biggest stops were defending much bigger posts players who were the main part of an opponents offense.”

Lantor also led the Flyers offense with 12 points per game.

“Her nature, and just her competitive attitude really helped us, especially in the second half of the season,” said Robinson. “She just had a knack for getting her shoulder around and her top foot over, so she could deflect the ball rather than just waiting to defend. … She took defense as a personal thing and did whatever we needed her to do to win.”
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