Certain players have the ability to change the entire feel of a game by just having a presence on the court.

They can rise up for the final shot, snag a key rebound or make the extra pass to seal a victory — they do whatever necessary to win.

In almost every statistic across her team’s board, one Brownstown Central girls basketball player stood above the pack — Brooke Ebbing.

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In her senior year, Ebbing emerged as one of the most fearsome players on the hardwood in Jackson County.

Ebbing led the Braves to a perfect 9-0 record in Mid-Southern Conference play, for an outright conference title, as the team finished with a dominating 19-5 record in 2014-15.

‘Knowing it was my last’

This past season, Ebbing amassed 423 points while averaging 18.4 per game on 52 percent shooting from the field. In 2013-14, she tallied 280 points for 15.6 per on 45 percent shooting.

On the court, Ebbing played like every game would be her last.

“The biggest change in my game this year compared to last is that I played knowing it was my last year, knowing that any game could be my last if I were to get hurt,” Ebbing said “I think that since it happened to a teammate of mine I knew that anything like that could happen.”

Ebbing also got it done from the free-throw line shooting 81 percent behind 87 points.

The senior netted 30-plus points four times, at least 20 points in 13 games and in double figures in 20 games.

While she has led her team in scoring the past two years, Ebbing is by no means a ball hog.

Perhaps one of the most underrated facets of Ebbing’s game is her passing.

Averaging 3.2 assists per game, and totaling 73 on the season, Ebbing looked to distribute the ball even when her shots were falling.

“Assists and scoring came by being a team player, by getting the ball to my teammates,” Ebbing said. “Scoring came by doing what my coach wanted and asked me to do. Even though scoring is fun and all, I think I found pride in making a pass to a teammate and them making it and watching everyone, including myself, get excited for them.”

Player of the Year

With all of her accomplishments this season, The Tribune has named Ebbing the 2015 Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

During her third-grade year, Ebbing started playing basketball, and since the fourth grade she has played travel ball.

In high school, Ebbing played with the likes of Team Southern Indiana and Indiana Flight.

On Monday night, the Braves named Ebbing their leading assists, leading free throw and Most Valuable Player award winner.

In the coming days, Ebbing will likely be named as a finalist for MSC player of the year and to the conference’s first team.

This past fall, Ebbing played volleyball. She plans on also joining the softball team in the spring.

“She’s had a really good career for us,” Braves coach Karla Rieckers said. “What I like about her is she’s a good student athlete, and a three-sport athlete, at Brownstown. She’s had to manage her time wisely to excel in all three sports.”

For Ebbing, no statistic or award could compare to the influence she had for future basketball players.

“My biggest accomplishment playing basketball at BCHS was not really an award or a certain percentage, my biggest accomplishment was knowing that I was a role model to little girls,” Ebbing said. “When they would come up to me, you could tell when they talked to me that they felt that way. Just like I did when I was younger. That’s more of an accomplishment to me than anything else.”

While she’s received offers to play college basketball, Ebbing plans on focusing on her studies after high school.

“I plan on attending IUPUI for my pre-pharmacy, then applying for pharmacy school somewhere close,” Ebbing said. “I do not plan on playing basketball on the school team, but basketball will definitely stay in my life for years to come, whether it’s playing pickup games or just going to a gym and shooting. I can’t just drop it forever.”

GIRLS BAKSETBALL ALL-COUNTY TEAM

Riley Wischmeier, SR – Brownstown Central

246 total points, 10.3 ppg

93-173, FG 53%

60-82, FT 73%

187 rebounds, 7.8 rpg

28 assists, 1.2 apg

34 steals, 1.4 spg

HBCA All-Star team selection.

Katrina Christian, SO – Crothersville

391 total points, 15.6 ppg

141-333, 42% FG

104-186, 56% FT

238 rebounds, 9.5 rpg

35 assists, 1.4 apg

73 steals, 2.9 spg

Alexis Adair, JR – Crothersville

305 total points, 11.8 ppg

296-114, 37% FG

19-25, 76% FT

80 rebounds, 3.2 rpg

16 assists, .6 apg

37 steals, 1.2 spg

Emilee Pollmann, JR – Seymour

275 points, 11.5 ppg

89-199, 45% FG

77-125, 62% FT

127 rebounds, 5.3 rpg

41 assists, 1.7 apg

51 steals, 2.1 spg

All-Hoosier Hills Conference

Maci Lubker, JR – Seymour

238 total points, 10.3 ppg

84-211, 40% FG

32-54, 59% FT

75 rebounds, 3.3 rpg

22 assists, 1.0 apg

35 steals, 1.5 spg

All-Hoosier Hills Conference Honorable Mention

Kayla Griffin, SO – Seymour

235 total points, 9.8 ppg

87-177, 49% FG

49-68, 72% FT

168 rebounds, 7.0 rpg

38 assists, 1.6 apg

23 steals, 1.0 spg

All-Hoosier Hills Conference Honorable Mention

Maddie Roark, FR – Trinity Lutheran

458 total points, 19.1 ppg

142-334, 43% FG

126-203, 62% FT

60 rebounds, 2.5 rpg

48 assists, 2.0 apg

72 steals, 3.0 spg

IBCA District 3 Subway player of the week, set single game scoring record with 36 pts vs. South Decatur.

Carley McCammon, JR – Medora

260 points, 10.8 ppg

97-340, 29% FG

42-87, 48% FT

122 rebounds, 5.1 rpg

30 assists, 1.3 apg

37 steals, 1.5 spg

Selected to the Indiana Elite North vs South game

Jadelyn Dean, JR – Medora

227 total points, 9.1 ppg

80-248, 32% FG

66-121, 55% FT

168 rebounds, 6.7 rpg

70 assists, 2.8 apg

48 steals, 1.9 spg

Selected to the Indiana Elite North vs South game

ALL-COUNTY HONORABLE MENTION

Jaelyn Reynolds, SR – Brownstown Central

Kasandra Rieckers, SR – Brownstown Central

Lacey Hall, FR – Crothersville

Morgan Ritz, JR – Seymour

Mikayla Fee, JR – Seymour

Sydney Stuckwisch, SR – Trinity Lutheran

Hailley Peters, SO – Trinity Lutheran

Avery Carney, JR – Medora

At a glance

Brooke Ebbing

Brownstown Central

Senior

423 total points, 18.4 PPG, Season-high 30 pts, 927 career points

157-301 FG, 52%

87-108 FT, 81%

151 rebounds, 6.6 RPG

73 assists, 3.2 APG

48 steals, 2.1 SPG

34 blocks, 1.5 BPG

Mid-Southern Conference (2x) and Toby YoHo Classic (2x) Champion. 2015 Braves awards: leading assists, leading free throw, MVP.

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“My biggest accomplishment playing basketball at BCHS was not really an award or a certain percentage, my biggest accomplishment was knowing that I was a role model to little girls. When they would come up to me, you could tell when they talked to me that they felt that way. Just like I did when I was younger. That’s more of an accomplishment to me than anything else.” Brooke Ebbing

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.