- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MADISON, Minn. (AP) - The girls’ basketball coach at Lac qui Parle Valley High School in southwestern Minnesota said he initially didn’t believe his team’s most valuable player when she told him what she wanted to do with her award plaque.

Ryan Giles, also the industrial arts teacher at Lac qui Parle, helped pick junior Alaysia Freetly as the MVP this season. From the moment the plaque was handed to her at the basketball banquet, Freetly said she hadn’t felt completely right about accepting it because two other players, Kaitlin Connor and Kelsea Lund, had similar playing statistics.

Freetly approached her coach the morning after the banquet, plaque in hand.

“She started to get a little teary-eyed and she said, ‘Coach, I need to ask you to divide this plaque up into three,’” Giles said.

Assured by Freetly that she’d given it plenty of thought, Giles grabbed a hacksaw and cut the wood and metal plaque, with a team photo under clear plastic, into three equal parts.

“I think I earned it, but at that the same time so did they,” said Freetly.

Coach Giles summoned the basketball team to his classroom where Freetly handed out the resized awards.

“I was shocked,” said Connor.

“So was I,” agreed Lund.

“Everyone was shocked,” added Connor.

Shock turned to tears and spontaneous applause.

“It’s about as sweet as it gets,” said Giles. “Ultimately the proudest moment I’ve had as a coach.”

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Information from: KARE-TV, http://www.kare11.com

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