When Elko center Anna Dubois was a freshman, she never envisioned capping off a senior season by leading her team in scoring, helping it advance into the state playoffs and winning player of the year.
"I didn't think I would ever be good enough," said Dubois, the 2012-13 RGJ All-North Division I-A Player of the Year.
Back then she was coming off the bench for the junior varsity team. But over the course of the next three seasons, she became the Indians' leading scorer and helped the team make back-to-back state tournament appearances.
One constant in helping Dubois become 'good enough' was coach Camille Larsen. From junior varsity on, Larsen coached Dubois her entire four years at Elko.
"She understands how I learn, and she really helped me improve," Dubois said. "She's one of the reasons I stayed in the program."
Over the past four seasons, Larsen helped Dubois become a leader on the court and become one of the best players in Division I-A.
"When you needed a rebound or a basket, she was that person you could depend on," Larsen said. "She was a leader by example."
This season, Dubois led the Indians to a 20-8 record. The senior averaged nine points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Even with her accomplishments on the court, Larsen believes it's the person that Dubois is off the court that makes her special.
"When you think of role models, she's the epitome of that," Larsen said. "She's someone you'd want your daughters to look up to."
Although Elko wasn't able to make it back to the state title game, losing to eventual champion Faith Lutheran in the semis, Dubois thinks this year's team is the best she's played with and the most tight-knit of them all. For this, she credits her coach for changing the culture at Elko and for pushing her to become a better player and leader.
"She demanded that we win," Dubois said. "She proved to us that we could."
Dubois now turns her attention to track and field, where she owns the second-longest shot put in 3A (now Div. I-A) history.