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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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KAYSVILLE — The first two games of the season, Jessica Richardson fouled out leaving her team without much of an inside game.

So Darts head coach Anne Jones sat her senior center down and told her just how critical it was that she learn to play smart while staying aggressive in the paint.

“She rarely came out of a game after that,” said Jones of the senior who averaged 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds this season. “She did not get in foul trouble. And she guarded the other team’s best player, held almost every one to under their average, and yet she stayed in games. Mentally, she just made the adjustments necessary to be this presence on the floor. She was the defensive anchor and rock on this team.”

Her effort helped the Darts to a region title.

Weber head coach Rick Stoeckl had to try and stop Richardson in region play, and said it was an almost impossible task.

“She was such a threat on both ends,” he said. “Defensively, she was just all over the floor, rebounding, guarding the perimeter — she’s just tough, just a tough kid.”

No matter what was happening on the floor, the Warriors knew there was one play they never left — Richardson.

“We didn’t ever come off of her,” he said. “She was just a big presence, but her strength was her toughness.”
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