It doesn't take a lot to become a most valuable player, it only takes everything you've got.Mountain View's Erin Hansen, Timpview's Camille Freeze, Dani Shaheen of Snow Canyon, Angie Hawkins of North Sevier and Valley's Caroline Heaton gave all they had in leading their teams to state championships, and because of that have been selected as 1998 Deseret News Most Valuable Players.
The quintuplet of MVPs head this year's version of girls all-state basketball teams as selected by a ballot of the state's coaches.
5A - ERIN HANSEN, Mtn. View: Averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game would be good numbers for most players, but Hansen put up those stats while playing just 20 minutes per game.
A third-team all-state selection last year, the 6-foot-4 center improved her game on both ends of the floor this season, becoming one of the premier post players in the state. She also put to rest early on where she would be playing college ball, signing an early letter of intent for Elaine Elliot at Utah.
"She's always wanting to be better. She'd ask a million questions on how to get better, and we would stop practice to answer her questions," Mountain View coach Dave Houle said. "Utah will be very pleased having her."
Hansen shot 63 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free throw line for the season.
4A - CAMILLE FREEZE, Timpview: When it comes to playing big at tournament time, there was no one bigger than Freeze during the Thunderbirds' road to another state championship.
The senior averaged a team-high 14.8 points per game in helping the Thunderbirds finish 18-2 during the regular season. In four tournament games though, Freeze averaged 20.8 points on 48 percent shooting. She also increased her assists to just over five per game.
"I had told her that to win a state championship we needed to have a strong leader on the team and as a freshman she decided to take that role when she became a senior," said Timpview head coach Barbara Dickson. "At tournament time she really stepped it up and led the team to where it needed to be."
Her tournament run included a 28-point showing in the quarterfinals against Logan and then a 21-point effort in a double-overtime win over Olympus in the semifinals. In the championship game against Lone Peak, Freeze had a game-high 16 points that included four game-clinching free throws in the final 26 seconds.
Freeze carries a 3.8 GPA and has twice been named her team's most inspirational player.
3A - DANI SHAHEEN, Snow Canyon: Offense, defense and leadership make Shaheen an all-around player, but the one thing Warriors coach Randy Gelter likes best is that she's only a junior.
Offensively, Shaheen netted 14 points per game, dished out nine assists and tied the state record with seven 3 pointers in one game. Defensively, she averaged six steals per game and was voted the best defensive player at the 16-team Page, Ariz., tournament.
Shaheen's leadership skills though, make her stand out. She was the only junior voted by the players to be a team captain this year and carries a 4.0 GPA.
"She leads by example on and off the court," said Gelter. "When things got tough she wanted the ball and that's the kind of kid you want to have on your team."
Her best game of the year came in the state quarterfinals against Wasatch. After teammates Chanell Rose and Jana Bundy had fouled out, Shaheen, who had 23 points, picked up her game defensively down the stretch to help preserve the win en route to Snow Canyon's first title.
2A - ANGIE HAWKINS, North Sevier: At 6-foot-3, the physical presence and athleticism of Hawkins in the middle was more than most teams could handle. Being a senior though, Hawkins had to take on a new challenge, providing leadership to her teammates.
"She had to play a little different role and take charge," North Sevier coach Lexa Larsen said. "By the time we got to the state tournament she took the leadership role very well. Those last four games were her best of the year."
Hawkins scored 22 points in a quarterfinal victory over Region 11 rival Millard, including the game-winning free throws with three seconds left. She then racked up 23 points in the semifinals to help the Wolves stop Beaver's state-title streak at four and earn some revenge for a loss in last year's title game.
A 10-point effort in the championship game against San Juan was good enough to help North Sevier grab its first state title since 1983.
1A - CAROLINE HEATON, Valley: Opposing coaches will be glad to see this Heaton not back with the Buffaloes next year. The 6-foot senior has been tormenting opponents as a starter the last four years, a period in which Valley never lost a home game.
This year, Heaton helped Valley garner its second-straight championship and secured her second MVP trophy in the process, averaging 19.8 points and 10 rebounds per game on 61 percent shooting from the floor.
While Heaton has the offensive skills, she improved her defense and passing skills this season, and her mental game gives her an added edge.
"Her mental toughness makes her a good ball player," said Valley coach Ferril Heaton. "She's probably one of the toughest I've ever coached in regards to mental toughness."