With just a matter of days before the Waukee High School girls’ basketball team takes on their sixth straight state tournament trip since 201-13, a few individual Warriors have been graced with some accolades.
Earlier this week, the senior pair of Paityn Rau and Anna Brown were deemed members of the exclusive Class 5A All-West District team. Well deserving honors for sure as both have combined for nearly 40 percent of Waukee’s point total on the season. Rau’s 130 made field goals ranked her second overall in the Class 5A Region 7 field followed by Brown in fourth with 108 made field goals. Anna Brown continued to climb into the record books of most three point shots made in a single season and may be on her way to breaking a few records as she sits with 57 made three point shots, 61 more than anyone else in the Regional 7 field.
Defensively, both seniors have posted outstanding seasons and it has been Rau to outshine others in the blocks department as her 22 blocks rank third across the conference landscape and leads the second ranked Warriors squad. Among all the players with at least 21 games played under their belts, both Rau and Brown are top four on the Warriors roster in free throw percentage and free throws made, posting marks of 74 percent and 80 percent respectively.
Both have shown great ability to be extremely productive this season, a skill set that head coach Chris Guess talked about following their regional final victory.
“Anna is such a skilled basketball player but if I really had to describe her in one word, it would be versatile,” began Guess. “Tonight was a big example of how she can affect the game even without scoring. She had some fantastic screens and was amazing with moving the ball and finding ways to find the open girl. She is just as talented with her mental ability as she is with her physical ability.”
Coach Guess went on to describe the play of senior post star Rau as well.
“Paityn is one of those players that can instantly start a team on a scoring run or scoring surge,” said Guess. “She has the ability to impact the game so quickly and in so many ways. It’s tough sometimes down in the post but she is very smart in the way she battles down low that she doesn’t have to exert too much energy nor put up rushed shots. She knows how to position herself well to get easy buckets and get those important rebounds. She is certainly a huge impact player for this team.”
Both Rau and Brown will be taking their talents to the collegiate levels at Northwest Missouri State and Loyola of Chicago respectively, but before that, they will take part in one last state tournament run. That begins Monday, Monday Feb 25.