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‘That swagger’: Batavia’s Brooke Carlson is 2023-24 Beacon-Information/Courier-Information Women Basketball Participant of the Yr.

When the high school girls basketball season ends, it can happen abruptly. The routine of the previous four months is over, and for seniors, it will never be the same again. It’s not the record-setting career or even the wins and losses that have been difficult for Batavia’s Brooke Carlson to leave behind. It’s those

‘That swagger’: Batavia’s Brooke Carlson is 2023-24 Beacon-Information/Courier-Information Women Basketball Participant of the Yr.

When the highschool women basketball season ends, it will possibly occur abruptly.

The routine of the earlier 4 months is over, and for seniors, it is going to by no means be the identical once more.

It’s not the record-setting profession and even the wins and losses which have been tough for Batavia’s Brooke Carlson to go away behind. It’s these moments behind the scenes she already misses.

“It’s been actually onerous because it’s over as a result of they’re my finest buddies, and it’s onerous not being with them daily,” Carlson stated. “I believe it was a tremendous season, for our group particularly.

“We weren’t simply teammates. We have been really finest buddies.”

Batavia coach Kevin Jensen stated he will get an identical feeling after each season.

“My household even mocks me when one thing is over,” Jensen stated. “I don’t know what to do with myself. A few of these issues are seeing folks like Brooke daily. It may very well be one thing as pointless as ensuring our group is dressing up for a street recreation or carrying group gear.

“She makes certain it’s accomplished. If one thing must be accomplished, she would bounce in and do it.”

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Batavia's Brooke Carlson (2) moves the ball down the court against Geneva during the Class 4A Batavia Sectional final in Batavia on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. (Mark Black / The Beacon-News)
Batavia’s Brooke Carlson (2) strikes the ball up the court docket towards Geneva in the course of the Class 4A Batavia Sectional championship recreation on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. (Mark Black / The Beacon-Information)

Carlson, the 2023-24 Beacon-Information/Courier-Information Women Basketball Participant of the Yr, obtained the bounce on the opposition all season lengthy in a program-boosting run for the Bulldogs.

The Colorado State-bound senior guard led Batavia (29-6) to its first sectional title. She completed her four-year varsity profession with 2,225 factors, 357 assists and 374 steals, all program data.

There was extra to Carlson, nevertheless, than these elite numbers.

“Brooke made certain everybody was concerned and included,” Jensen stated of Carlson, an all-state alternative and two-time participant of the yr within the DuKane Convention. “She’ll placed on that swagger on the court docket, however she’s humble.

“You’ll be able to see it within the clip when she surpassed 2,000 factors. We have been making a giant deal out of it, and her teammates needed to pressure her to heart court docket to get some applause.”

Fremd's Coco Urlacher (11) grabs the ball away from Batavia's Brooke Carlson (2) in the fourth quarter during the Class 4A Bartlett Supersectional on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 in Bartlett. Batavia fell 65-46. H. Rick Bamman / For the Beacon-News
Fremd’s Coco Urlacher (11) and Batavia’s Brooke Carlson (2) battle for the ball within the fourth quarter of the Class 4A Bartlett Supersectional on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (H. Rick Bamman / The Beacon-Information)

Carlson, who stated she’s all the time been that approach, credited her household for instilling that demeanor.

“Each time I went to somebody’s home rising up, I used to be all the time probably the most respectful,” Carlson stated. “That’s simply how I grew up, and it carried over, and I believe it’s an excellent factor to hold over.

“I really feel like on the court docket is one factor. You will be a tremendous basketball participant, but it surely’s the way you work together with folks — that leaves a much bigger impression than basketball.”

Junior ahead Hallie Crane will probably be one of many gamers seeking to keep it up Carlson’s legacy subsequent season for Batavia. She identified the influence Carlson made on the remainder of the group.

“ how good she is, she’s superb at sharing the wealth,” Crane stated. “Subsequent yr, I need to give everybody equal alternatives as she’s proven me these final couple of years.”

One other factor that rubbed off on her teammates was work ethic. When the star is also the group’s hardest employee, everybody else has to attempt to sustain, which raises the extent of efficiency.

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“I actually take delight in that as a result of it pays off in video games,” Carlson stated. “It simply pushes everybody to be higher. It’s wonderful all of the onerous work did repay, particularly the hours that no one sees.”

Batavia's Brooke Carlson drives to the basket past Wheaton Warrenville South's Ashlyn Adams. Batavia defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 55-36, in the Class 4A Bartlett Regional final girls basketball game Friday, February 16, 2024, in Bartlett, Illinois. (Jon Langham/photo for the Beacon-News)
Batavia’s Brooke Carlson drives to the basket previous Wheaton Warrenville South’s Ashlyn Adams within the Class 4A Bartlett Regional championship recreation on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. (Jon Langham / The Beacon-Information)

Carlson, who additionally performs soccer for Batavia, is already figuring out every day to arrange for her subsequent chapter at Colorado State, the place she hopes to be a contributor from day one.

The lifelong friendships and assist of the group will nonetheless be there, albeit from afar.

As she’s realized over the previous two weeks, issues change rapidly.

“I really feel like individuals are all the time saying that point goes by quick, after which it occurs and it’s over,” Carlson stated. “Will probably be very completely different, however it will likely be actually enjoyable.”

Paul Johnson is a contract reporter for The Beacon-Information.

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