South Paulding senior
Kayla Frey is ending her career on a high note as she awaits graduation and a college basketball career.
The 5-foot-9 Frey is listed as a small forward, shooting guard and point guard. The coaches in Region 5-6A thought highly enough of her skills to name Frey to the first team all-region team, with teammates
Bre’l Mackey earning second team honors and
Caylin Stamps named third team.
She also helped lead the Spartans into the Class 6A state tournament over the weekend from Region 5-6A. Others from the region in the state tournament include Douglas County, Alexander and New Manchester.
Kelly Nye-Hinkson said she had a hard time choosing an Athlete of the Week from among her eight seniors but she chose Frey.
Frey has a “passion and love for the game” that have contributed to her overall success, Nye-Hinkson said.
Her knowledge of the game helped make her successful this year, Nye-Hinkson said.
“Kayla possesses a high IQ for the game of basketball, and this shows on both the defensive and offensive ends of the court,” Nye-Hinkson said.
Frey had a good junior season, but developed other parts of her game that helped her excel in her senior year, the coach said.
She said Frey became more of a leader this season.
“Kayla has been able to get her teammates more involved this season and has really stepped up in her leadership role on and off the court,” the coach said.
Frey has averaged 17 points as well as seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks per game for the Spartans. They finished the season 18-8 overall and 10-6 in rugged Region 5-6A.
The senior said her main contribution to the team this year was “getting everyone the ball” and giving them the chance to score rather than trying to be the team’s main ball-handler in every game.
“Seeing all of my teammates score (or) touch the ball no matter how long they are in for makes me feel as though I am getting someone better and doing my part as a good leader, point guard and teammate,” Frey said.