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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2017 4:40 pm | Updated: 6:39 pm, Mon Jan 9, 2017.

Madison Golla just might be having the biggest breakout year in the East Valley.

The Desert Vista senior guard has become an offensive force after averaging no more than six points in her career.

“She is special and then some,” Desert Vista coach Rodney Berry said. “She worked on her defense and being more aggressive offense during the summer. She is just being a leader on and off the court.”

On the court the 5-foot-8 guard is averaging 18.5 points a game, which ranked fifth in the 6A Conference heading into this week’s action.

It’s big jump after averaging 6.0 as a sophomore and 5.5 as a junior.

“It’s my last season and I want to make it a special season,” she said after scoring 30 in a loss to Gilbert on Friday.

Her offensive output has been fueled by a 6A best 46 made 3-pointers on 115 attempts for a 40 percent clip, while making 85 percent of her free throws.

Golla, who has scored 20 or more six times including a season-high 31 against Desert Ridge, is also averaging third-best 5.4 rebounds and leads the teams in 2.6 steals and 2.2 assists per game.

There have been games where Golla has simply taken over and lead the team to victory.

“It’s a good feeling,” she said. “Everything is in sync and I feel like I going to hit all of my shots.”

The thing Berry has stuck out the most is her attitude and approach with the idea of doing everything the right way.

“She has a great attitude,” he said. “Now it is trickling down to the rest of the players.”

 * Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonPSkoda

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