Friday, April 7, 2017

Ali Brigham - Girls Basketball Underclassman of the Year

Girls Basketball Underclassman of the Year
Girls Basketball Underclassman of the Year

"Franklin sophomore center Ali Brigham has been named the 2017 Girls Basketball Underclassman of the Year; the fifth season that this award has been given out to the top freshman or sophomore in the league. Brigham is the first Franklin player, first center, and the first freshman to earn this award. 
Over the course of her freshman season, Brigham was an imposing figure in the paint for the Panthers on both ends of the court. She scored 236 points, while pulling down 237 rebounds and blocking 56 shots for a young Panthers team that bounced back from an 0-6 start to come within one win of reaching the state tournament. 
“Franklin had a lot of turnover in its roster and took a little while to get going, but with Ali in the middle there was a foundation on which to build,” said Managing Editor Josh Perry. “Ali’s footwork on the block and her touch on the offensive side of the floor is rare for such a young post player."
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Ali Brigham – Franklin – Center

Franklin freshman center Ali Brigham made an impressive impact in her first season with the Panthers and became one of the top post players in the league during her rookie campaign. The Underclassman of the Year (see below) scored 236 points, pulled down 237 rebounds, and had 56 blocks, helping a young Franklin team bounce back from an 0-6 start to get within one win of making the tournament. Franklin coach John Leighton said, “Ali came in and made an immediate impact as a freshman. She led us in most defensive statistics and her ability to block shots and rebound really limited what opponents could do.”

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