Though her Dietrich team didn’t win its state-record fifth straight state title in 2015, Jacey Shaw did her best throughout the year to make sure the Blue Devils made their mark.
Shaw led Dietrich to its fifth straight tate championship game, where the team fell to Richfield. For her efforts, Shaw has been named the Times-News Small School Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year.
“It’s a great honor to be named that,” said Shaw. “It ‘s a great honor to be named small school player of the year.”
Shaw and her coach/father Acey Shaw teamed up to win a staggering 88 games over the last four seasons. Jacey Shaw played in three all-star games last week, including the Region IV game at Twin Falls High School in which she started. Getting the chance to play with players from bigger schools and from former opponents was a gratifying experience for Shaw.
“All of them were fun and its fun to play with players you’ve played against,” Shaw said. “Its fun just to play ball one last time your senior year.”
Shaw has not figured out where she will be attending college at this point, though she says that she does have a few looks from programs who want her to play basketball collegiately.
Though the Blue Devils did not win a state-record fifth-straight title, just being able to get there so frequently is something not lost on the senior guard. It’s an opportunity that most athletes never get the chance to do once, much less every year they are on the varsity squad.
“To make it back to championship game, to always defend our title, was a thing. To come out with second is really good still,” said Shaw.
“It’s not first and it isn’t what we wanted, but being in the championship game the last five years is pretty awesome.”
Shaw’s lasting memory at Dietrich isn’t of winning three titles in her four years on varsity. Rather, it’s of the friends and family she was able to play with while a member of the team.
“Having fun and being able to play with all the girls,” Shaw said of her fondest memories. “Being able to have my dad and grandpa as my coaches. And having the success that we’ve had over the years.”