The followers of Provo High basketball star Noa Talia-Masuda turned out in droves, keying one of our biggest turnouts ever in the Edge MVP voting. Talia amassed the single highest individual vote total in the two years the award has been given, to win the Week 14 voting in the Preps Magazine athlete of the week contest. The voting was close early in the week as supporters of five outstanding girls basketball players turned out to share their opinions, but it was Talia’s fans who had staying power, as she wins the Edge MVP, sponsored by Edge Homes, for the week of Dec. 9.
Talia received more than 55 percent of the votes, with a vote total that exceeded 2,000, with Rashel Blazzard of Morgan finishing second at 15 percent. Granger’s Jessica Matheson, Kelsey McCann of Lone Peak and Liz Eaton from Maple Mountain split the other 30 percent fairly evenly.
Talia-Masuda is one of the state’s leading scorers, averaging 23 points per game, with a career-high 31 against Park City Dec. 7. After missing the 2011-2012 season with a torn ACL, the 6-foot-1 forward returned last season with 16 points per contest. Now a senior, she has increased that number, so far, by seven points a night. Talia had a triple double last week against Corner Canyon, with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.
Noa will receive an Edge MVP T-shirt from Edge Homes and Preps Magazine and be entered into the pool for a school year-end drawing for a possible scholarship from Edge Homes.
The Edge MVP is Preps Magazine’s player of the week award, and is sponsored by Edge Homes (www.edgehomes.com). Each week, we select five new candidates for consideration by the followers of prep sports in the state of Utah. Fans vote online on our website at www.prepsmag.com and the winner is announced on Monday, when five new candidates are announced.
At the end of the school year, we will draw at random one of our female and one male weekly winner, and the two athletes whose names are selected will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Edge Homes and Preps Magazine.
*Story published December 16, 2013, in Preps magazine
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