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Girls basketball player of the year: Brooke Point's Chay Shegog
Brooke Point's Chay Shegog (right) averaged 18.6 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.8 blocks
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By TAFT COGHILL JR.
Chapter Two in Chay Shegog's high school career has been written.
And in nearly every way, it was better than the first.
A more mature Shegog took on an increased leadership role this past season, while leading Brooke Point one step further than it went in 2005.
Shegog took the Black-Hawks (21-5) to the Northwest Region semifinals, where they lost to Franklin County, 49-43 in overtime.
For the season, the 6-foot-4 sophomore center scored 18.6 points per game on 56 percent shooting from the field.
She also pulled down 12.3 rebounds and blocked 5.8 shots per game to earn The Free Lance-Star's Player of the Year honors for the second straight season.
"She deserves all the accolades that she gets," Brooke Point coach Rick Butler said. "She's a great player and a great person."
With Shegog, the Black-Hawks have won back-to-back Commonwealth District regular season and tournament titles. They're 41-7 the past two seasons, giving Butler hope that the next two years will be even better.
"Who wouldn't be excited?" Butler said of his team's future with Shegog.
Butler just completed his first year as head coach at Brooke Point, but he was an assistant under Craig Woods in Shegog's freshman season.
He's seen her grow from a shy first-year player to one who was willing to be a vocal leader this past season.
He noticed how Shegog helped raise the confidence level of other young players like freshman Torie Fox-Moles.
"Like anybody else, I don't like losing," Shegog said. "I know that you have to work as a team. You have to motivate your team to get ready. Every part needs to come together."
Shegog knew that as a freshman as well, but after moving to Stafford County from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, she may not have been as comfortable expressing it to her teammates.
Brooke Point senior Tameka Hearn said it took a year for Shegog and the other Black-Hawks players to completely warm up to each other.
But now, all is well, Hearn said.
"She's opened up a lot to us," Hearn said. "She's gained a lot of friendships."
Hearn said it wasn't Shegog's play on the court that helped the relationship with her teammates. It was her "goofy" personality that made the other girls see her as just another fun-loving kid.