ATTICA, Ind. — Game planning against the Attica Red Ramblers girls basketball team this past season was like dealing with a double-edged sword.
They could either choose to focus on Attica’s perimeter offensive threat, senior guard Maci Kyger, or on the Red Ramblers interior offensive threat, senior forward Ashley Mitton. It was enviable position for opposing teams.
And more times than not, both Kyger and Mitton found a way to get their jobs done for Attica. The senior duo combined to average nearly 30 points, more than 17 rebounds and a remarkable more than seven steals a game as the Red Ramblers went 20-1, winning both the Bi-County Holiday Tournament and the Wabash River Conference title.
“Those two just fed off of each other every night, especially on the defensive end,’’ Attica coach Matt Harmeson said.
For their efforts this past season, Kyger and Mitton, both earned Commercial-News Player of the Year honors. It’s the second time in the past decade that two players have shared the honor as former Attica standout Brittany Rayburn, a three-time Player of the Year, shared the 2007 accomplishment with Westville’s Terra Ramsey.
“It’s amazing,’’ said Mitton. “If I had to share it with anyone else, I would want it to be Maci. We have grown up together and we’ve played together in several sports, not just basketball.’’
Kyger said this honor was definitely a pay off for all the hard work that both Mitton and herself put in during the summer, going to basketball camps and all of that kind of stuff.
“Actually, it’s an even better feeling to share this with a teammate,’’ she said. “All of the chemistry we have between us and the season that we just had was absolutely incredible.’’
And that chemistry between Kyger and Mitton started in the sixth grade.