Lady Warriors' Wyrick SW Va. player of year

Pat Kenney • Mar 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Lonesome Pine District girls basketball player of the year, Region D player of the year and Virginia High School Coaches Association Group A, Division 2 co-player of the year. What else can you say to describe Wise Central’s Hayley Wyrick?Just add Times-News Elite player of the year for Southwest Virginia. This marks Wyrick’s second straight year of being named to the Times-News Elite basketball team. “When I talk about Hayley to our future teams, I’ll talk about what a competitor she was,” said Lady Warriors coach Robin Dotson. “She was relentless. You could knock her down and she’d pop right back up, ready to go. “Hayley may have been one of the most determined players I’ve ever coached,” Dotson added. Wyrick, a senior, led the Lady Warriors to a 28-2 record this past season and a berth in the VHSL Division 2 championship game. She averaged 24 points and seven rebounds per game this past season, hitting 33 percent of her 3-point attempts and averaging 73-percent from the free throw line. Wyrick finished with 1,973 points for her career. “As a senior, Hayley’s leadership was outstanding,” Dotson said. “As intense as she was on the floor, off it she was very sweet. “She took other players under her wing. She treated her teammates like sisters. “No matter if they were starters or bench players, Hayley made sure that everyone felt involved and connected to our team goals,” Dotson added. “I think that had a lot to do with our success this year.” In the state championship game against Floyd County, Wyrick led her team with 22 points and nine rebounds. Her effort was outstanding, but not enough: The Lady Buffaloes claimed the title with a 72-62 win. “Down the stretch in that final game, Hayley had four fouls,” Dotson said. “She knew she had to stay in the game so she had to play smart on defense. “I think it said a lot about her that she managed to avoid that fifth foul and be in a position to help us late.” After an all-everything senior year, next season Wyrick will play at Milligan College. “I think Milligan is getting a very good player and an outstanding person,” Dotson said. “She has all the skills on the floor and off the floor. She’ll represent the school well.”

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