For the second time in three seasons, Deanna Mayza '13 has earned the Pottstown Mercury Girls' Basketball Player of the Year honors. The Pennsburg, Pa. native averaged 18 points per game to lead the team in scoring for the second consecutive season and was a major all-around contributor for the team in its historic season that culminated in a trip to the PAISAA State Championship game.
Deanna spent the first two years of her high school career at Upper Perkiomen School before transferring to The Hill as a repeat fourth former in 2010-11. While she has been a prolific scorer throughout her career (she finished the season with 1,499 career points), Deanna notes that she focused on playing a more team-oriented game this season.
"Probably the biggest improvement in my game this year was getting my teammates more involved," she said in an interview with Darryl Grumling of the Pottstown Mercury. "I like to push the play and run, and if someone is out there on the break, I like to try and get (the ball) to them."
Despite posting a strong 18-7 record and earning the program's first victory over state-power Germantown Academy, the girls' came up short in the MAPL and PAISAA Championship games and will look to claim one, if not both, of those titles next season. Deanna will provide a strong foundation for the team as it pursues that goal.