In the official final farewell on a high school basketball court, Waukee senior Anna Brown dazzled once more in the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association senior All-Star Games on Saturday, March 23 in Grimes.
Within the confines of DC-G Meadows Gym, Brown was among the other top senior girls’ hoops stars in the state but undoubtedly belonged as one of the best as Waukee basketball coach Chris Guess spoke about.
“Anna without a doubt deserves to be in the All-Star Games,” said Guess. “She consistently went up and performed well against some of the best teams and best defenders in the state. It’s a fantastic honor and one that she has certainly earned.”
That she sure did posting a class 5A seventh best 59 made three point baskets to go along with 299 total points for the season. Entrance into the senior All-Star Games had a great feeling for the Warrior hoops star who was nothing short of grateful for the experience after the games.
“It’s a cool feeling that I was chosen as one of the top seniors in the state,” began Brown. “It’s an amazing feeling and it was fun to play with girls I’ve gone against and played with during AAU ball. It was a relaxed and fun time and something I won’t forget.”
As for the All-Star field Saturday, was a talented field of over 30 hoops seniors and all were broken up into four teams that included the Northwest All-Stars, the Northeast All-Stars, the Southeast All-Stars, and the Southwest All-Stars and for Brown, she was among the Southwest All-Stars squad. Each team was guaranteed a two game slate and for Brown and the Southwest All-Stars, their first match up of the day came against the Southeast All-Stars to begin the games. The Southwest All-Stars fell in their opening game 59-46 despite out dueling in three point baskets but did fall short in overall field goals made 23-17. Brown herself contributed one two point field goal and connected on one of two three point baskets for the afternoon for a total of five points.
It didn’t take long to see the comfort level for Brown and while her skills and great attitude were instrumental, there was another factor that led to the comfort-ability on the court Saturday for Brown.
“We ran a lot of five out motion which is what we ran a lot of the time at Waukee,” started Brown. “I didn’t feel like I had to focus on anything more than just playing my game and that was pretty big for me.”
The loss sent the Southwest All-Stars to the consolation contest where they squared off against Northwest All-Stars. Brown replicated her game one performance by posting a two point basket and a connection from beyond the three point arc. The Southwest All-Stars took an early lead and did not let it go, eventually taking the win 75-71. Brown’s three point basket was part of bombardment of three’s made from the Southwest team who captured 14, a number that ranks among the top ten of three pointers made in a single All-Star Game.
It was a fitting way for Brown to wind down her high school playing tenure and now, it’s an eye on the future for the senior who will be attending Loyola-Chicago as a member of the women’s basketball team next season. The official start to her collegiate career grows closer and closer by the day and it’s feeling more and more real as the days pass.
“It’s feeling a lot more real now,” said Brown. “I go on my official visit next week and I’m getting extremely excited about that.”