Esko, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Esko junior center Savanna Trapp set a Minnesota state girl's basketball record last season with 204 blocked shots, part of a season in which the Eskomos reached the 7AA title game.
Trapp stands 6 feet 8 inches tall in the Eskomos front court, but says only this past summer did she transform as a player while playing AAU basketball.
"I'm definitely mentally stronger," Trapp said. "That comes from just putting in all that extra time and playing basketball all over the country against the top athletes."
"She's gotten more coordinated, she's gotten stronger, and she's a huge threat to anyone," Esko junior guard Marisa Shady said. "I'd be nervous to walk on the floor and have to play her."
For her opponents, Trapp's height can be a nightmare to defend. For her teammates, Trapp's size only increases their options on the floor.
"It's awesome. If you're stuck or something, you can pretty much throw it up to her anytime, so that's nice," Eskomos junior Brooke Schramm said. "Also, though, she draws defenders toward her, and that opens up so many opportunities on the outside."
"I couldn't do it if I didn't have the guards that I have," Trapp said. "They are amazing and know just where I need them to put the ball."
Certainly Trapp's influence on the Esko offense is great, but her impact on the Eskomos defense can be felt just as much.
"She's much stronger than she was last year, and I think the girls learning they can gamble a little on the perimeter defensively has helped," Esko head coach Scott Antonutti said. "They try to force people to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket, and when they get in there, a lot of times there's not any place to go."
So on both ends of the floor it's safe to label Trapp an impact player for the Eskomos.
"Savanna's definitely a game-changer, whether it's offensively or defensively," Shady said with a wry smile. "When she's on the floor, the game is going to change. It doesn't matter who we're playing."
Posted by Zach Schneider