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The People's Choice: Unity's Breanne Begeman

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Unity's Breanne Begeman earned more than 2,700 votes to win the 2013 People's Choice Award for Player of the Year. Unity's Breanne Begeman earned more than 2,700 votes to win the 2013 People's Choice Award for Player of the Year.

MENDON, Ill. (WGEM) -- It was a year that saw the Unity Lady Mustangs continue to rise, winning another regional championship, while piling up 26 wins along the way.

Senior guard Breanne Begeman also set new standards, averaging nearly a double-double every night, along with topping the schools all-time leading scorer list in the process.

She also takes home the honor of The Peoples Choice, for WGEM High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

"She had a huge impact on the team," junior guard Maggie Bowles told WGEM Sports.

"She was always the first one out shooting on the court at practice and the last one to leave the court, and she always had a smile on her face, even when (Coach Begeman) got on her more than us."

If you were to ask anyone who has had the experience of having a father as their coach, they'll probably say it's unique.

For Breanne Begeman and her father Brad, it became a strength.

"I do expect more from her," Brad Begeman expressed.

"She always heard things before games, after games, seven days a week."

"I really thought from her freshman year of high school she's really stepped up to the challenged and blossomed her game into an all around player."

While Breanne admits her dad was a little more tough on her, it's something she says she'll never forget.

"It was special because we can say we had something different than another player can say they've had," Breanne expressed.

"Just having him there on the bench and supporting me along the way has been a big momentum changer for me going into college.

Basketball doesn't stop now for the family, as Brad will continue to patrol the sidelines for a rising program, and Breanne moves on to Culver-Stockton in the fall.

For the first time in a long time, it will be without a familiar voice in locker room.

" I'm looking forward to it because she's done a lot of hard work over the years," said Brad Begeman.  

"At practice she'd try to be the first one out shooting and the last one to quit. Hopefully she set some standards for some of the younger kids coming up and gave them some goals to shoot for."

In this case, their relationship on and off the court helped elevate the Unity program to one of success and respect.

"I love being on this team, and being able to say we've won the conference three years in a row, a second regional title, and all of those wins," Breanne Begeman added.  

"That's just a big accomplishment for our school and community."

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