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Dinomight! Pappas named 3A MVP

After helping the Lady Dinos to a 20-2 record and a second place finish at state, senior Tia Pappas was named 3A league Most Valuable Player. Pappas averaged 20.5 points per game.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

After all the hoops have been shot and the games are over, the recognition of effort begins.

The state MVP award traditionally goes to a player on the championship team, but not this year.

Carbon came up a game short of that honor, but Carbon High senior Tia Pappas was named the 3A MVP basketball player for 2010-11 season. Sara Potts and Miranda Averett were named to the 3A second team.

Pappas has has a stellar career at Carbon High capping it off by averaging 21.5 points and four steals in the final post season play. She has seen varsity action since she was a freshmen. She has been a starter in state tournament play all four years.

This season Pappas averaged 20.5 points a game in regular season as well as pulling in 114 rebounds, dishing 68 assists and securing 113 steals.

Her career-high game came in the tournament against Cedar as she hit for 33 points that included a key three point shot to help send the game into overtime.

For Pappas, the MVP honor was the last thing on her mind after the tournament.

A week ago Coach Carlson came and got her out of class and handed her a cell phone to hear it for herself and she has been on cloud nine ever since.

The honor dampened the sting of coming up second just a bit, but Pappas said she would trade the individual honor away in a heart beat for the team championship.

After several weeks of retrospect she can now say the the championship game was the highlight of her season and career.

Even though the outcome was not what any of them wanted she knows so many girls would do anything for the chance to get there and play.

Pappas had nothing but praise for her coach and teammates.

"Coach Carlson made sure we played with honor and respect no matter what," she said.

She wound up her high school career playing in the All-Star game last Saturday. Coach Carlson was named to be the assistant coach for that team so they got one final game together before parting way.

After offers to play from several colleges, Pappas has made her decision and will sign to play basketball at Westminster College next season.

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