Strong senior year leads Gomez to defensive player of the year

Senior Taylor Gomez can just about do it all for the Rio Hondo Lady Bobcats. The 5-foot-11 Gomez took the court for volleyball, basketball and also competes in track and field.

Gomez was a may stay for the Lady Cats this past season and helped Rio Hondo to another trip to the playoffs along with a strong 10-2 district record that saw them finish in second behind Hidalgo.

Gomez’s presence was felt on and off the court with a strong all-around game. It was Gomez defensive efforts that helped elevate her game.

The hardnosed senior earned the Valley Morning Star ALL-STAR Defensive player of the year, wrapping up a stellar career in a Lady Bobcat uniform.

“It’s feels great to win this award, this year I worked extra on my blocking and defensive game,” Gomez said. “I feel that this year was my strongest year in my three years playing on the varsity.”

Gomez went through a bit of a transition her senior year. With being one of the leaders on the team and getting accustomed to a new system under first-year head coach Lori Garcia.

“It was a pretty tough change, I was used to our old coach’s style for such a long time. I had played for him since I was in junior high but we all were able to adjust and learn the new system.”

On the court not only was Gomez a force on defense, but averaged 11.6 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game, 2.2 steals per game and averaged 4.4 blocks a game.

“As a senior we told the younger girls to keep working hard and to keep the mind set of wanting to be number one. Looking back my best memory would be playing in the San Antonio tournament, we played a lot of good competition.” Gomez said.