Honga named KHS girls' basketball MVP

Randi Honga was named the Kingman High School girls' basketball team's Most Valuable Player for the 2002-2003 season at an awards presentation in the school's cafeteria Wednesday night.

Honga, a senior, played point guard for the Bulldogs.

"We voted as a team and the coaching staff," Kingman coach Joe Juelfs said.

"Randi was voted Most Valuable Player because was the general on the court.

"She made everybody around her better."

Other players to receive individual awards were Tabitha Huffer as Defensive Player of the Year, Alicia Cesspooch as Most Improved and Iris Savatgy received the Bulldog Award as most inspirational player.

Huffer won the defense award after drawing tough assignments all season.

"All year we always made her guard the other team's best player," Juelfs said.

"All year she got better and better.

"In our last game, against Mountain Ridge, she held their girl who was averaging 25 points a game to five points."

Juelfs said the difference in Cesspooch's play from the previous season was why she earned the award for improvement.

"Last year we saw a lot of signs of being good, but, I don't know if she was too shy or what, we couldn't get it out of her," Juelfs said.

"Last spring she spent a lot of time in the weight room and improved tremendously.

"The difference in her play from last year to this year is tremendous."

Savatgy got the Bulldog award for her actions on and off the court.

"She showed up every day and worked her heart out," Juelfs said.

"She took everything we coaches said and tried it.

"She is the kind of player we'd like everybody to be."

The awards presentation was the last time this year's basketball team will meet as a group.

The players and coaches also honored the outgoing seniors, Honga, Sarah Acer and Ashlee Huffer.