JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls basketball players Taylor Denton, Hannah Cozby and Sedona Prince were named to the private schools all-state team of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
This season, the three led the Lady Flames to the Class 3A state tournament of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, a 32-5 overall record and a ninth consecutive undefeated district championship with a 12-0 record.
Lady Flames head coach Jerry English said the process of being named to a TABC all-state team is different from being named to the TAPPS all-state team.
TABC members vote on the team and rely on information they gather. TAPPS coaches recommend their players and bring statistics to support their nominations.
“TABC coaches really spend time,” English said. “They have committees and will start faring out their area to see possible candidates.”
Denton’s selection happens in her final year at Faith, when she averaged 11 points, five assists and four steals a contest. English noted that two ankle injuries stayed with her for most of the season. Still, she refused to allow them to dictate whether she played and how she performed, he added.
“She gave us all she had,” he said. “She never got a break. She played on guts during the state tournament.”
Cozby, who will be a senior next year, was selected to an all-state team for the second consecutive year thanks to averaging 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals a game.
“I definitely think she deserved it,” English said. “I think she and Sedona are a great mix for our game. Hannah can run like a deer, and we can run that ball against an awful lot of people.”
Prince, who will be a sophomore, began her first year at Faith by averaging 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks a contest.
“She came in with obvious areas of her game that no one taught her,” English said. “She had great timing on blocking shots and rebounding. I think we’ll see Sedona do things that surprise people. She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever coached.”
Prince has been selected to play for Team USA’s 16-and-under team that will compete at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship on June 24-28 in Puebla, Mexico.