AURORA | A profile look at Aurora Central senior Maria del Rosario Garcia, who is set to play for Team West in the inaugural A-Town All-Star Girls Game set for Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Cherokee Trail High School. The girls game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. (buy tickets in advance: bit.ly/ATOWN2017):
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MARIA DEL ROSARIO GARCIA
School: Aurora Central High School
2016-17 average: 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals per game
Season highlights: The 2016-17 season was challenging for Aurora Central, which came into the season without its top four scorers from last season’s five-win campaign. Low numbers, injuries and an overall lack of experience on the roster combined to keep coach Anten Sakagawa’s Trojans from winning a game throughout the season. One of the constants for Aurora Central was senior Maria Del Rosario Garcia, a multi-sport athlete who came off a first team all-conference performance on the softball field to provide a number of things for the Trojans. Though just 5-foot-2, Garcia — a team captain — demonstrated a willingness to go inside when needed, rebound and defend in the post. She averaged 4.4 points per game, which ranked third on the team, topped by a nine-point effort against Gateway, while she also led the team in rebounding (3.5 rpg) and made 1.3 steals per contest. Garcia will play on Team West in the inaugural A-Town All-Star Girls Game.
Garcia vs. Aurora teams (statistics incomplete): vs. Gateway (9 points)