For Snow Canyon’s Amy Harris, the 2011-12 girls’ basketball season started with a game she can’t remember and finished with a game she’ll never forget.
And, for her efforts, she earned The Salt Lake Tribune’s Class 3A MVP award.
The junior guard suffered a concussion in the final seconds of a loss to Juan Diego on Dec. 1 that sent her to the hospital and sidelined her for four games.
"I don’t remember anything from that day," Harris said. "Me and the [defender] hit heads, I hit my head on the ground, got whiplash and a concussion.
"It hurt me so much to have to watch during practice and not be able to get out there during the games. I just wanted to get back out there."
Once cleared to play, she led the Warriors to a 19-5 record and capped it with a standout performance in a state title-clinching victory last month. It was Snow Canyon’s second girls’ title and the first since 1998.
"I threw the ball into the air, and we were running around hugging each other," said Harris, who averaged team highs in points (16), rebounds (7) and steals (4). "It was so exciting. It was huge for us because I think we wanted it more than any team out there."
In the championship game victory against Desert Hills, Harris scored 11 of the Warriors’ final 12 points and made 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute.
Snow Canyon coach Wade Jensen, who has known Harris since she was in third grade, said Harris has always possessed the drive to be the best.
"She’s a gym rat, and she spends a lot of time working on her game," Jensen said. "She’s constantly working on her game, and she loves basketball.
"We knew how good she was going to be and what she is capable of, but I felt like this year we saw the complete package that Amy Harris had to offer."
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