At 6-foot-3, there is not much standing in her way.

“I see an all-around player. This is just her second year in the high school level,” said Santa Fe girls head basketball coach Paul Bass, who is in his fifth year. “This year, she is getting better, she is a better passer now. We have a team that runs so well, and to have that you have to have a post player that can run the floor. And that is hard to find. Alex is like a guard in a 6-3 body — she can run, she can actually dribble, and she can even shoot a three if we need her to.”

This past summer, Richardson played AAU with the Oklahoma Stars, the elite summer team in the state. As the second youngest person on the squad, she was able to play with some of the top female players in the state and compete against the elite in prep basketball in the country. Among them were Oklahoma signee Jenna Plumlee from Frontier and Norman standout Sade Morriss.

“Playing against older girls with more experience who were able to help me and tell me where to be on the court at certain times actually helped me to know how to help others that were younger than I am, and help them the way the older girls helped me,” Richardson said.

Richardson’s teammates on the AAU squad also participated in the Junior Olympics this summer in New Orleans, where they became the first Oklahoma team ever to win gold.

“It was really exciting playing with such great girls,” said Richardson.

In her debut last year as a sophomore, she started off with three triple-doubles. That’s when teams started to take notice of her and figured out that she was a threat not to taken lightly. Not only did she lead the team in scoring last year, averaging 15.7 points a game, she also averaged 10 rebounds and five blocks each outing.

“On the defensive end, she is a blocking machine,” said Bass. “We are a defensive team and we kinda hang our hat on that. She is coming into her own this year. The teams that we are playing this year are going to have a hard time stopping her. Anybody that single-covers her, she is going to score. And when they double-team her, she is now able to see where her guards are coming to the basket and making good passes.”

Last season, the Santa Fe girls lost in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament at the hands of Jenks by only three points. Richardson recalled that game as one of her most memorable, due to the fact that it was the Lady Wolves’ first appearance in the state tourney.

“It was amazing. I mean, the first time the Santa Fe girls basketball has been to state, we were all very excited. It was great,” noted Richardson.

Richardson accredits a lot of her basketball abilities to volleyball and the mentoring of her mother, who was also a high school basketball star and college player.

“She has helped me in every aspect of the game and I am really thankful for that,” said Richardson.

According to Bass, Richardson is able to touch 10-foot-2 when she jumps.

“I am actually working on dunking this year, I don’t know if I will be able to do it though,” she said.

In the end though, Richardson doesn’t look at her success on the court as an individual, but more as a team.

“I couldn’t do it without the help of my teammates Christina, Tracy, Jenn, Stephanie and everybody,” she said.

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