The Texas Girls Coaches Association revealed its all-state basketball selections earlier this week, and Brownwood junior Keeta Vaccaro was voted to the Class 3A roster while Early senior Aubrey Horton was chosen for the Class 2A team.
Vaccaro — the District 8-3A MVP who helped lead the Lady Lions to a fourth consecutive playoff berth — averaged 18.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game
"I knew I was going to have to step up and be a better player for my team this year," Vaccaro said. "I am very grateful it turned into being named to the all-state team. I feel very honored."
Added Lady Lions head coach Heather Hohertz, "I am very proud of Keeta. This honor is just a testament to the player she is and how hard she works."
Vaccaro will again be looked to as the go-to player for the Lady Lions next season as Brownwood attempts to extend its string of consecutive postseason appearances to five.
Horton closed out her career at Early by being named the co-MVP of District 6-2A. Horton produced 25 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks per game, while shooting 85 percent from the free throw line.
"She had to recover from ACL surgery her sophomore year, which made her a stronger person, more determined and more focused," said Lady Horns head coach Kristi Sandoval. "She has earned everything she has gotten with her hard work and determination. Making all-state is a huge accomplishment. Aubrey will be greatly missed on and off the floor. She is an amazing young lady and we will have big shoes fill next year."
Added Horton, "Ever since my ACL injury I’ve tried to work my absolute hardest. I think without this injury I wouldn’t be the player I am today. My injury taught me determination, and to always work hard.
"Our season ended way too fast for me and the team this year. I am so happy with what we accomplished this year, but I was upset that our season ended the way it did. As for my overall high school performance, I am proud of what I accomplished."
Horton will play in the Texas Roundup in Maypearl on March 16, as well as the Big Country FCA All-Star Game June 6 at the Brownwood Coliseum, where she will be reunited with teammate Hannah McDaniel and Sandoval, who will serve as the head coach of the South team.
Horton hopes to play college ball at Tarleton and has an official visit lined up for March 22.