AURORA | A profile look at Smoky Hill sophomore Aliya Givens, 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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School: Smoky Hill High School
2016-17 average: 7.8 points per game
Season highlights: The 2016-17 season was a very difficult one for Smoky Hill, which had to adjust to yet another new head coach with the arrival of Rick Harris and ended up without a victory. The Buffaloes won two games the previous season and graduated both of its leading scorers, so a new cast came in with its work cut out for it, especially playing in a Centennial League that included two games apiece against two of the four Class 5A semifinalists in Grandview and Cherry Creek. Sophomore guard Aliya Givens stood out as a bright spot for the Buffaloes, as the 5-foot-4 guard scored in double figures eight times in 22 games and might have had done it more times if she’d shot a better percentage in her frequent trips to the free throw line. Givens’ top scoring effort of the season came against Cherokee Trail, when she made two 3-pointers, put in all six of her free throws and tallied 26 points. Givens will play on Team West in the inaugural A-Town All-Star Girls Game.
Givens vs. Aurora teams: vs. Cherokee Trail (4 points; 26 points); vs. Eaglecrest (14 points; 2 points); vs. Overland (8 points; 3 points); vs. Grandview (4 points; 2 points); vs. Vista PEAK (11 points); vs. Hinkley (3 points)