HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — To top off her impressive senior season, Karoline Striplin has been named the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 2A Player of the Year for girls basketball.
“It’s obviously something everybody that plays 2A is an award that they want to get or they’re working towards,” Striplin said. “I think it was just really humbling to receive it. I was really excited to get the phone call and see all the articles. A lot of my friends got the award too so it was kind of cool sharing that experience with them.”
The Geneva County star also made the ASWA first-team all-state for the fourth time in her career.
At 6-foot-3, Striplin averaged a double-double of 26.8 points and 16.8 rebounds. She helped Geneva County to a 20-7 record and to the Class 2A regional tournament.
Striplin’s mom, the girls head basketball coach, and her dad, an assistant coach, say her work ethic is what makes her stand out.
“She’s put in the work,” Jim Bob Striplin, Karoline’s dad said. “She’s self motivated, she wants to get better and I think what we saw the last couple weeks with these different awards she’s been getting is just the result of the hard work she put in so I really couldn’t be more proud of her.”
“Probably ninth grade when she started getting college offers where it clicked with her that she had to work hard,” Karie Striplin, Karoline’s mom said. “And we didn’t have to wake her up in the morning. She was waking herself up and she was training on her own so it’s really been good.”
Striplin says her and her dad often wake up early to get in a basketball workout before school. She plans to bring that dedication to her next team.
The Tennessee signee had a goal to reach 3,000 career points but came up short finishing with 2,912.
Currently she’s running track to get in her best shape possible before starting her college career.
After she graduates in May, Striplin is headed to Knoxville to start her Division I career.