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    Burleson freshman post Trinitee Johnson was honored as the District 5-5A Newcomer of the Year on the recently released list. BURLESON STAR/TOMMY WHITWORTH IMAGES

BHS’ Johnson named newcomer of the year

Burleson girls basketball coach Curtis Enis was a little apprehensive about nominating freshman post Trinitee Johnson for Newcomer of the Year honors during the meeting to select the District 5-5A All-District team.

The worry came from the fact that there were so many great players in 5-5A.

Enis had no reason to worry as the coaches awarded Johnson the honor by a unanimous decision.

“I wasn’t surprised that she got it because she didn’t play like a freshman,” Enis said. “She ended up being the best player on our team.”

Johnson was the Lady Elks lone superlative or first-team selection on the all-district squad.

The freshman averaged a team-high 8.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in 5-5A play. She also shot a team-high 47.7 percent from the field.

“I know she struggled with some defensive things but she kept working and getting better and better,” Enis said. “We didn’t start her at the beginning of the season because I wanted her to earn her spot but then I couldn’t take her off the floor.”

Enis added that Johnson isn’t just a post player because she has the ability to step out and play away from the basket and has shown the ability to pass the ball and run the floor.

“I was pleased with her freshman year,” Johnson said.

Although the Lady Elks managed an overall record of 9-22 and 2-11 in district play, Enis said he thought this season was better than last season.

“I thought the season played out the way I thought it was going to,” Enis said. “I thought we would be a better team but I didn’t know if it would show in our record. Statistically, we were better. We scored more points and played better defense, it’s just the teams that we faced were better than the teams we played last year.”

In the second half of district play, the Lady Elks played playff-bound Crowley (two points) and Mansfield Legacy (three points) close.

Burleson had one second-team player in senior guard Kaitlyn Kirkham. During district play, the senior led the squad in assists with 2.5 per game. She shot 29.4 percent on three-pointers and finished averaging 7.2 points per game. Kirkham averaged 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.

The Elks had three honorable mention players in junior guard Rylee Moseley (5.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals), sophomore guard Kate Renner (3.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists), and sophomore post Emily White (4.2 points, 4 rebounds).

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