Amie Hanks had trouble suppressing her emotions as she fought back the tears Monday night while honoring her Kingman girls' basketball players and saying goodbye to six seniors.
"It's hard to say goodbye to kids you respect," Hanks told her players and their families during the basketball awards dinner at KHS North.
"They're a great team of girls and I have a lot of respect for them."
And the seniors earned respect from their teammates as well.
Three seniors were presented with team awards as voted on by the players.
The unanimous choice for most valuable player was Tricia Lucero, who led the team in scoring and rebounding.
Lucero, who made the Northwest Region first team, also received the Bulldog award given to the player who is a team leader and has the most hustle.
Stephanie Aaron, who joined Lucero on the all-region first team, was named most inspirational.
Brandi Bradley, who joined the varsity this season, was voted most improved.
Forward Chris Casson delivered all season for the Kingman boys' basketball team.
The senior was the Bulldogs leading scorer and one of three team captains.
"Chris was just a joy to be around this year," KHS coach Dave Vance said.
"He is just one of those players that you love to coach."
On Monday, Casson was named most valuable player by his teammates.
Senior Jay Fuqua was named the most inspirational player and junior Derek Biazo was named the most improved player on the team.
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