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Goliad senior named All-District 30-2A MVP

By Julie Garcia
Feb. 25, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2014 at 8:25 p.m.

Goliad's Sydney Morris is tripped up by Refugio's Laterrian Perkins as she drives the ball toward the basket during a game earlier this season. Morris, a senior, was named District 30-2A Most Valuable Player.

All-District 30-2A Girls Basketball

• MVP: Sydney Morris, senior, Goliad

• Defensive MVP: Morgan Klaevemann, senior, Refugio

• Offensive MVP: Brittany Wallace, senior, Bloomington

• Newcomer of the Year: Roxanne Morris, freshman, Goliad

• Coach of the Year: John Reyes, Goliad

First Team:

Kelsey Van Pelt, sophomore, Industrial

Geneva Perez, senior, Palacios

Jackie Gonzalez, senior, Refugio

Katie Williams, senior, Bloomington

Bailey Janssen, junior, Goliad

Kacey Nidey, junior, Edna

Kiasha Brown, junior, Refugio

Keeli Oliver, senior, Aransas Pass

Second Team:

Lila Filip, freshman, Palacios

Laterrian Perkins, senior, Refugio

Robin Krenek, senior, Tidehaven

Aylenn Cabrera, sophomore, Aransas Pass

Kira Gaitan, freshman, Aransas Pass

Rebekah Hardee, sophomore, Bloomington

Haley Orsak, senior, Edna

Michala Janssen, freshman, Goliad

Jessica Martin, sophomore, Industrial

Sierra Pruitt, sophomore, Industrial

Sydney Morris joined Goliad's varsity basketball team as a freshman one year before coach John Reyes.

In Reyes' first year in 2012, Morris was a sophomore and helped lead the Tigerettes to the District 30-2A championship and the regional quarterfinals.

In her senior season, Morris' athleticism on the court helped Goliad achieve greatness again.

The team was the district champion and went to the regional quarterfinals again, where they lost to San Antonio Cole 44-40 earlier this month.

Morris, a three-year starter, has been named the All-District 30-2A Most Valuable Player for 2013-14.

"She's such a fast athlete on the the basketball floor," Reyes said. "People have trouble with her, especially this year, because of her overall speed - she could get by and give the defense problems on her speed alone."

A fast dribble wasn't the only thing the 18-year-old is capable of - she averaged 14.5 points a game, Reyes said.

"She would drive through defensive pressure and put them at a disadvantage," he said. "Her speed and physical way she plays games - those are the things that separated her."

Morris said that making district MVP was a goal of hers in the preseason while she was still on the volleyball team.

"I would practice basketball in between games and tournaments in volleyball - I had it in my head and was already looking forward to it," Morris said.

Being a veteran Tigerette, Morris helped usher in a new era of Goliad basketball this year with a roster of underclassmen, including her younger sister, Roxanne.

Roxanne was named Newcomer of the Year for the district and was the second highest team scorer with 11 ppg.

On Tuesday, Morris took on a different role on the court - cheerleader. She cheered on Goliad's boys basketball team as they beat San Antonio Cole 67-64.

"I try to get their attention and let them know what's going to happen next, let them know about screens and to get back on defense," Morris said. "I try to help as much as they help us on the sideline."

In the three years Morris was coached by Reyes, she said her love of basketball increased tenfold.

"It's been a great senior year and the best three years ever playing basketball," she said. "Playing for him helped me and made my passion for the sport bigger - he made me want to do more and go harder and do everything to my fullest."

Morris will play volleyball and basketball at Victoria College next year, she said.

Refugio senior Morgan Klaevemann was named Defensive MVP.

Brittany Wallace, Bloomington senior, was named Offensive MVP.

Reyes was chosen as Coach of the Year for the district.

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