NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It should have came as no surprise to anyone in the North Ridgeville Academic Center on Tuesday night when Amherst’s Kamryn Dziak was named Lorain County’s 2019 Miss Basketball.
Dziak checked off all the boxes for a Miss Basketball.
She had one of the best seasons of any player in the area, averaging 16.2 points and two assists per game and setting the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 74.
She checked off another box as the only Lorain County senior with a Division I basketball scholarship, as she will head to Georgia State in the fall.
A 3.9 GPA student, member of the National Honor Society and Special Olympics volunteer, Dziak completed the list in the citizenship category.
However, according to Amherst coach Jay Valadez, the things that made Dziak the best player in the county are the ones that can’t be measured in any of the above categories.
“I think with Kam, it’s more the intangible stuff,” Valadez said. “There’s a lot of girls who can put the ball in the basket. It’s Kam’s leadership, it’s her confidence. There’s just something about her, it’s that X-factor. You don’t know what it is, you can’t say exactly what it is, but she’s got it.”
Dziak is the fifth Amherst player to win the Miss Basketball Award, which is presented annually by the Elyria Coca Cola Bottling Company, and third Comet to win the award in the last five years.
“It’s overwhelming and amazing,” Dziak said. “There are a lot of great players so I didn’t know if I’d have a chance of winning it. Ever since I was a little girl and coming to these games and watching my sister play I’ve always dreamed of being Miss Basketball, so this means everything to me.”
It was a season of offensive accomplishments for Dziak, who scored 25 or more points in a game four times, broke her sister Morgan’s school record for 3-pointers in a season, set the mark for 3-pointers in a game by an Amherst player with seven on two occasions and scored her 1,000th career point in the second quarter of the Comets’ final regular-season game against Avon Lake.
“It was a great year with everything I accomplished and everything we accomplished as a team,” Dziak said. “The best part was scoring my 1,000th point on Senior Night and all of my teammates surrounding me and giving me hugs. The support I’ve received from my teammates this season has been just amazing.”
According to Valadez, Dziak’s contributions to the Amherst program won’t end when she trades in her Comets uniform for the blue and white of Georgia State.
“Kam winning Miss Basketball and getting a big-time Division I scholarship will resonate with the program for years to come,” Valadez said. “There’s a seventh-grader out there who’s watching her and saying, ‘I want to do that. I can do that. I will put the work in to do that.’ She’s setting an example for our program from our current players all the way down to the youth players.”
This was one of many awards Dziak has picked up at the conclusion of her career. She was a special mention All-Ohio selection, first-team All-Northeast Lakes district honoree, Lorain County Division I Player of the Year and first-team All-Southwestern Conference selection.
“You have to put the work in, and that’s one thing I was always willing to do that and it makes a big difference,” Dziak said.
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