AURORA | A profile look at Cherokee Trail sophomore Destinee Paulk, who is set to play for Team East in the second A-Town All-Star Girls Game set for Friday, March 16, 2018, at Rangeview High School. The girls game is scheduled for 5 p.m.:

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DESTINEE PAULK

School: Cherokee Trail High School

Year: Sophomore

Height: 5-foot-6

2017-18 averages: 10.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 steals per game

Season highlights: When standout Makayla Hemingway was lost to a knee injury before the season began, Paulk and all the other players on coach Jerry Austin’s Cherokee Trail team had to adjust their roles to adapt. Paulk raised her game in every statistical category from her freshman season as she helped pick up some slack in a big way. Her average of 10.8 points per game — which included a season-high of 26 points registered against Smoky Hill — was more than double her average last season and led the team, while she also led the team in assists (2.5 per game) and finished second in steals (2.3 per game). Paulk is a first-time A-Town All-Star Game selection.

Paulk vs. Aurora teams: vs. Gateway (17 points, 7 steals, 5 rebounds, 5 assists); vs. Regis Jesuit (7 points, 3 rebounds); vs. Smoky Hill (22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists; 26 points, 7 assists, 5 steals); vs. Grandview (2 points, 2 rebounds; 13 points, 5 rebounds); vs. Overland (9 points, 4 rebounds; 6 points, 3 rebounds); vs. Eaglecrest (6 points, 4 steals; 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists)

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