WHITEWRIGHT — There is a destructive nature to the way that Zada Swoopes moves around the court.
Opponents felt it on a nightly basis, whether the ball was in her hands or she was trying to take it from them. You could not ignore the impact Swoopes had at both ends of the floor.
The Whitewright senior was at the front of the Lady Tigers’ gaudy record and one of the stingiest defenses in Texoma.
Swoopes averaged 21.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 1.5 blocks, 1.4 assists and shot 50 percent from the field in being named the Most Valuable Player in District 10-3A and an all-state selection by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Whitewright finished the season with a 31-3 record, including a one point loss to Pottsboro in the region quarterfinals — the second straight third-round appearance by the program after a 13-year drought of making that far.
It was an improvement over a 24-11 record when Swoopes averaged 18.3 points, nine rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks in her first high school action because of injuries before her freshman and sophomore seasons.
For her efforts, Swoopes has been named the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Girls Basketball Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season.