Gabrielle Essex: 2004 Player of the Year
At 5’9″ she is one of the most powerful, yet athletic players on the court today. The junior guard has been regarded by many throughout the 2003/2004 season as one of the best players they have seen in the state of Alabama. Essex led the 26-5 Demopolis High Lady Tigers to their first appearance at the AHSAA State Finals in school history with her aggressive defensive play and uncanny ability to find the basket.
This season Essex collected a total of 398 points, 235 rebounds and 86 steals.
She averaged 18.5 points, 3 steals, 3 assists, 1.12 blocks and 8 rebounds per game.
There is none that compare to Essex.
Though her offensive numbers this season have been extremely impressive, it is her defensive work on the court that makes her stand out above all others.
Her ability to step into opponents passing lanes and create steals for her team is like none other.
Not to mention, her ability to block shots and create offensive confusion for many opponents.
This season Essex has blocked over 36 shots (second on team).
She has played a significant part in the Lady Tigers success this season and is obviously a player that has made the difference. But she is also a tremendous team player and student athlete with an outstanding work ethic.
Essex was named to the Area 8 All-Area team as well as the Southwest regional All-tournament team where she was Tournament MVP.
In Birmingham, Essex led the Lady Tigers to their first Final Four victory over Madison County and was named to the AHSAA State Finals All-Tournament team.
Essex was also a finalist for the ASWA Girls 4A Player of the Year Award.