After leading the Vikings in scoring, Kingsburg’s Maddy Reed earned the Central Sequoia League’s player of the year award for the 2018-19 season.
Reed was also one of three Vikings to earn All-CSL recognition. Maddie Alves earned first team honors and Ally Cotton was named to the second team. Reed and Alves were two seniors that started for Kingsburg throughout most of the season.
In CSL play, Reed averaged 20.7 points per game. As for the season overall, she scored 19.1 per game.
When Reed was told that she won the league’s top award, the senior said she was “surprised” that she earn the achievement.
“I was surprised because there’s some good players in the league,” Reed said. “I knew there was going to be competition and I was just surprised that I got chosen.”
Vikings head coach Kristi Bravo said she wasn’t surprised that Reed won the award.
“She had a great year,” Bravo said. “She does a lot. She scores, she rebounds, she’s good at every level of the game. She’s definitely going to be missed next year.”
Earning player of the year as a senior was a culmination of hard work for Reed.
“It felt like a lot of hard work paid off,” Reed said. “I was showing results to how hard I’ve been working.”
Reed’s season high in scoring against league opponents was a 31-point performance against Immanuel in a 66-44 win on Jan. 18. In that game, Reed made every shot against the Eagles, shooting a perfect 7-for-7 (1-for-1 in three point shots) in field goal attempts. She also made 18-of-23 in free throw attempts.
The future UC Merced Bobcat was Kingsburg’s leading scorer in 11 of the team’s 12 league games.
“My teammates definitely helped me win this award,” Reed said. “Without them I wouldn't able to do as any things as I did this year. It definitely was more of a team award than directly just me.”
In her final high school game, Reed scored a career-high 37 points in a 57-56 playoff loss to Madera South on Feb. 12. The loss was a first round game of the Central Section Division IV playoffs.
The Vikings finished the season at 21-7 overall, which included a 11-1 CSL record. Kingsburg’s league record achieved a co-CSL championship, which was the program’s first league title since the 2009-10 season.
Reed ended her four-year varsity career with 1,485 career points.
On Dec. 5, Reed eclipsed 1,000 career points against Hoover at the Hoover Holiday Classic Tournament. Reed scored 21 points in a 55-41 loss to the Patriots.
With Reed graduating, Bravo said she expects Cotton - a junior - to make a greater impact in the paint next season.
“She was kind of under Maddy Reed’s shadow,” Bravo said. “I think next year she’ll be good at kind of being the leader. I hope that she demands the ball more.”
As for Alves, it was no surprise to her coach that she earned first team recognition.
“She was great defensively through the entire year,” Bravo said about Alves. “We were really hard to beat when we had just one or two more people help contribute offensively and it always seemed to be Maddie [Alves] that stepped up. There was a couple of nights where she had 20 point games.”
As for the CSL player of the year, Reed said she appreciated her coaches for an “amazing” year when she reflected on her senior season.
“I gave it my all pretty much every game,” Reed said. “I know some games it didn’t pay off too much, but I just worked hard every game and I did my best.”