Mason County’s Victoria Brooks doesn’t care where she’s placed in individual 10th Region rankings. Top five, top 10, it doesn’t matter to the senior.
She just wants to win.
Brooks was listed as one of the top 10 players in the preseason 10th Region Coaches Association list that came out this week.
“It doesn’t really mean that much to me honestly. I worked hard for it, I believe I can be up there more. I just believe going out every game playing hard as I can and doing the little things like rebounding, boxing out that I can easily be up there even more. That’s not my biggest concern,” Brooks said.
Brooks is coming off a junior season in which she averaged 11.3 points and 4.1 rebounds a game and returns as the leader in both categories as Kara Moran and AJ Reed have graduated. Now the keys have been handed over to her and the only other fellow senior, Sam Schumacher.
If the Lady Royals are to see success this season, Brooks will be a big part of it. She shined in some of Mason County’s biggest games last year, scoring 21 against Scott in the regional semis, 14 against Bracken County in the district championship despite limited minutes, 13 in an overtime loss to eventual regional champ George Rogers Clark during the season.
For a team with very few upperclassmen (two seniors and two juniors), not only will Brooks be relied upon for her nightly output, but her leadership as well.
“As long as we all play as a team, I’m sure I can score. That’s not my main concern. I want to have my teammates right there with me,” Brooks said. “A lot of these girls I’ve played with since my seventh grade. Now to really show it’s my senior year and I get one last chance with them, I’m really excited for that.”
On top of the scoring, Brooks can do a variety of things, whether it be grabbing a rebound and leading the fast break, running the point or most importantly, creating by either scoring or distributing within the offense.
“We’ve had players where we can be balanced. She’s our most experienced scorer returning. She can score a multitude of different ways,” Lady Royals coach Brad Cox said.
The balance has been evident under Cox’s stead with the Lady Royals. Over the three years he’s coached the team, he’s had at least three players average over eight points per game. This year those candidates will be Schumacher, Emma Taylor, Rachel Payne and Haley White.
“The thing about that is teams are going to start focusing on her more. She’ll have to read the defense, hopefully the attention she gets will get shots for other people too,” Cox said.
Adding to the leadership, scoring, distributing, defense and rebounding, the senior with exactly 400 career points admits at times her attitude wasn’t the greatest last year. She’s worked on that as she’s now looked up upon by her peers.
“Negativity was my worst thing last year. If I get rid of that negativity we can get really far this year,” Brooks said.
The Lady Royals opened up the 10th Region Coaches Association poll ranked fifth, Brooks’ and the bunch have other plans. Mason County’s season gets started November 28 at the Lady Royals Gym against Paris.
Mason County’s full team basketball preview will be available in the November 23 edition of The Ledger Independent.