Kassie Stratton played in the post because it fit a team need. Kasey Thompson played in the post because, well, that's expected when you're a 6-foot-2 girl.
Thompson took the scoring load upon herself for much of the season. Stratton made the Eagles successful because she didn't.
Stratton, a senior at Estancia, and Thompson, a Newport Harbor junior, displayed different kinds of leadership during the girls' basketball season. But each helped their team achieve its best season in years.
For that leadership, they share the Daily Pilot Dream Team Player of the Year honor.
Stratton earned it by herself last year when she averaged 19 points per game. This year, she averaged "only" 15.4 while battling a calf injury early in the season. But the Orange Coast League MVP, who has signed with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was no less valuable.
She played the post. When opponents double-teamed, it opened up the three-point shot for Stratton's teammates.