Leah Green was rewarded for doing the dirty work.
The sophomore post for the Lake Region Christian Hornets girls' basketball team was named the most valuable player at the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools state tournament March 1.
Green's 14 points helped the Hornets capture the state title with a 30-28 victory over Woodcrest.
Green had 12 points in the semifinal game against Fourth Baptist.
It was the first state victory in four years for the top-seeded Hornets.
"I was in shock because I had never won anything like that before," said Green. "I've never even made an all-tournament team."
The unassuming Green says she enjoys doing the little things that helped the Hornets to a14-10 record. She said she's a good passer and a good rebounder but would rather have her twin sister, Lindsey, get the points and attention.
"I like passing and finding the open people," said Green. "I like passing to my sister because she's stronger down low."
Green's sister fouled out of the state championship game and Leah had to step up to lift the Hornets to victory.
Leah started the season as a guard, but Lake Region found that most Christian school teams were playing a zone defense.
That's where the sophomore's unselfishness helped the team the most. Hornets head coach Steve Ogren decided to move Green to the high post. That opened up Green's sister down low and the perimeter players outside.
"I would be there for rebounds and shots in the lane if somebody drove," said Green.
Winning the MVP trophy and winning the state title were icing on the cake for Green. She enjoyed the fact this team has played together since sixth grade and has grown into a quality unit.
Other notable performances:
Basketball -- Michelle Honek, Staples-Motley, scored 18 points vs. Perham and 19 vs. West Central.
Raya Kern, Verndale, scored 25 points vs. Menahga.
Whitney Smetana, Crosby-Ironton, had 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. Eveleth-Gilbert.
Flecia Foster scored 23 points vs. Deer River.
Kari Block, Pierz, scored 32 points vs. Pine City and 24 vs. Foley.
Teresa Parker, Pequot Lakes, collected 21 points and 17 rebounds vs. C-I.
Lindsey Green, Lake Region Christian, was named to the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools all-state tournament team.
Ashley Kientzle, Lake Region Christian, was named to the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools all-state tournament team.
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