2018-19 girls All Northern Section basketball teams released

Enterprise senior Jadyn Matthews is the 2018-19 Northern Section MVP, leading a 15-girl team of the best basketball players in Northern California. Matthews is joined by five other Shasta County players, including two Hornet teammates. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)

Six Shasta County girls basketball players dot the All Northern Section basketball teams, including the unanimous MVP choice and two of her Enterprise teammates.

Jadyn Matthews had a season for the ages in dominating regular season opponents and pushing the Hornets to the Northern California Division II finals. For her efforts in scoring and leading the black and gold to lofty heights, Matthews, a four-year varsity player, is the Northern Section MVP.

Etna’s Alyssa Scala is the Coach of the Year after leading the 25-6 Lions to the Northern California Division VI title.

Matthews capped her four-year Enterprise varsity career with 728 points, the fourth-best total in section history, behind only Danielle Orsillo, a Las Plumas standout who has seasons of 1,072, 954 and 780 points before heading to Arizona State.

But it wasn’t just the points where Matthews showed her value. She was dominant in the paint, had the ability to run the point — and the break — and was a tenacious defender. It often came as no surprise that teams would focus their defense on the 6-foot senior, only to have Matthews put up double-digits.

Joining Matthews on the first team are Willows scoring machine Meghan Weinrich, Lassen post Ellie Stewart, Foothill standout Jenna Wallace and Gridley forward Maddyson Tull, who joins brother Grant as an All-Section pick.

The second team includes freshman Abby Shoff of Enterprise and U-Prep’s Jordan McCoy. The ninth-graders are joined by Pleasant Valley’s Chloe Mayer, Meghan Collins of Biggs and Red Bluff’s Carissa Twitchell.

Third-team players include Enterprise senior point guard Karina Archibald, Redding Christian’s Sadie Alexander, Red Bluff’s Jesse Miller, Morgan Avrit of Hamilton and Etna’s Jessica Dean.

The All Northern Section basketball teams are selection by consensus of media members in the north state including Shasta County Sports, the Chico Enterprise-Record, the Redding Record Searchlight, the Marysville Appeal-Deomcrat and MaxPreps.

First Team

G – Jadyn Matthews, Enterprise, Sr.
The stats: 21.6 points per game, 10.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.1 assists
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: Matthews etched her likeness on the Enterprise Mount Rushmore, joining a long line of great Enterprise girls players, including Hillary Hurley, Janae Gray, Rachel Martin, Jordan Kimbrough and Kamira Sanders. Matthews could score and defend with the best of the best, but her ability to bring the best from her teammates is what helped her standout. She was an unselfish player with a tremendous basketball IQ, adept at taking what the defense gave her.
They said it: “Jadyn is a natural leader on the court,” said Foothill coach Stephanie Ahluwalia. “When she started gaining momentum, so did the rest of the team. She never put her head down in the struggling moments, but always kept it up and played through mistakes. That is hard to find in players and encourages other teammates to do the same.”

G – Meghan Weinrich, Willows, Jr.
The stats: 24 ppg, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 4.1 steals
The accolades: Sacramento Valley League MVP
The eye test: The Honkers junior is a scoring machine, a rare combination of a deadly outside shot and unflappable inside presence. Weinrich faces a myriad of defenses and somehow always seems to be able to put up points.
They said it: “She has an arsenal of attack moves and can knock down shots from anywhere,” said Enterprise coach Anthony Williams. “She was one of the few kids we actually had to come up with a defensive scheme for and she still lit us up.”

C – Ellie Stewart, Lassen, Sr.
The stats: 16.7 ppg, 11.9 rebounds
The accolades: Northern Athletic League MVP
The eye test: Calm under pressure, Stewart has a dynamite low-post game and a nose for the ball. She was in the right spot in the section finals to intercept a wayward Willows pass and had the gumption to pull up and hit the title-winning shot.
They said it: “Ellie runs the floor well in transition and establishes great position around the hoop,” said U-Prep coach Steven Schuster. “In our last league game at Lassen (a potential league title on the line) and she goes for 21 in the first half, including 9-for-9 from the free throw line.”

F – Jenna Wallace, Foothill, Sr.
The stats: 15.1 ppg, 9.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: A post who rarely leaves the floor, Wallace had a well-rounded game. She wasn’t timid about knocking down shots from range on one possession and posting up and banging down low on the next trip down the court. She was an excellent passer and did all the little things that often don’t show up in the box score effortlessly.
They said it: “Jenna is a matchup nightmare,” said Enterprise coach Anthony Williams, adding she can pound the ball in the paint and has a shooter’s touch. “She has great court awareness, which made an even greater impact on the game.”

F – Maddyson Tull, Gridley, Sr.
The stats: 21.3 ppg, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.1 steals, 2.3 blocks
The accolades: Butte View League MVP
The eye test: You can’t teach height and Tull has that in spades. A true two-way player that impacts the game on both sides of the ball, Tull, whose brother Grant is also an All Section player on the boys side, can shoot and rebound with a level that few can match.
They said it: “She has grown into a big influence on this team. She’s everything,” Gridley coach Becca McCray to the Chico ER.

Second Team

G – Chloe Mayer, Pleasant Valley, Sr.
The stats: 12 ppg, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: The Vikings guard was instant energy. She ran point, defended all over the floor and provided PV with nearly 25 percent of its points. Mayer shot nearly 50 percent from the field and was an in-your-face defender for 32 minutes.

G – Megan Collins, Biggs, Sr.
The stats: 17.3 ppg, 4.5 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 3.8 steals
The accolades: Mountain Valley League MVP
The eye test: The quintessential point guard, Collins was not just the glue that led Biggs to its first section title, she delivered the glue herself. Whether it was a bounce pass, a lob or a transition dime, Collins was like FedEx, delivering it on time. A streaky shooter, when she was on … watch out.

G – Jordan McCoy, U-Prep, Fr.
The stats: 10.1 ppg, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists
The accolades: All Northern Athletic League
The eye test: One of two freshman to make the All Section team, McCoy showed maturity and game years beyond her age. She handled point duties with aplomb, often picked up the toughest match on defense and rarely came out of the game. She has a great frame and with a great offensive game as a freshman, it’s scary to see where she’ll be in three years.

F – Carissa Twitchell, Red Bluff, Sr.
The stats: 17.0 ppg, 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 2.2 assists
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: Well-rounded doesn’t begin to describe the former Red Bluff boys coach’s daughter. She can score at will from anywhere on the floor, will box you out in the third row and simply has a nose for the ball on defense.

F – Abby Shoff, Enterprise, Fr.
The stats: 9.3 ppg, 7 rebounds, 1.6 steals
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League honorable mention
The eye test: The other freshman, Shoff also showed the type of game usually seen from upperclassmen. In addition to stellar work in the paint, Shoff ran the floor like a guard and showed ability to finish in transition. She’s an eraser on defense with the length and quickness to block shots.

Third Team

G – Karina Archibald, Enterprise, Sr.
The stats: 6.9 ppg, 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 3.1 steals
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: A true gamer, Archibald showed tremendous heart coming back from a knee injury to run point for the Hornets’ deep run in the state playoffs. The Simpson University signee can score off a dribble-drive or from mid-range, but the true guard in her usually found a way to get teammates involved in the offense.

F – Jessica Dean, Etna, Sr.
The stats: 10.7 points, 7.6 rebounds
The accolades: Shasta Cascade League MVP
The eye test: A tenacious competitor and quiet leader, Dean led the Lions to a NorCal Division VI title after falling in the section title game to Redding Christian in overtime. The senior was a dominating low-post presence who made opponents work and took advantage if players took even one possession off.

F – Morgan Avrit, Hamilton, Jr.
The stats: 15.6 ppg, 10.6 rebounds
The accolades: Mid-Valley League MVP
The eye test: The heart and soul of the Braves, Avrit led the team in most statistical categories. But beyond the stat sheet, it was her athletic maturity that shone on the court. An ironman on the floor, Avrit led the Braves into Biggs and handed the section champions their only loss prior to a NorCal defeat. Down in the fourth, Avrit scored nearly half her points in the period to will Hamilton to the win.

F – Jessie Miller, Red Bluff, Sr.
The stats: 16.4 ppg, 9.3 rebounds, 4.3 steals, 2.4 blocks, 2.3 assists
The accolades: All Eastern Athletic League
The eye test: The other part of the deadly Spartan tandem, Miller’s jumper was a thing of beauty, but also had multiple tools in the arsenal and used them all to beat opponents. You don’t wind up averaging nearly a double-double with other stats across the board without tremendous game.

F – Sadie Alexander, Redding Christian, Jr.
The stats: 13.4 ppg, 2.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 3 steals
The accolades: Five Star League co-MVP
The eye test: Give Alexander an opening and she’ll make you pay. The Lions standout hit big shot after big shot all season long as Redding Christian made a deep NorCal postseason run. In addition to her ability to finish, Alexander was a tremendous facilitator and tenacious defender.

2018-19 All Northern Section Girls Basketball Team

MVP — Jadyn Matthews, Enterprise, Sr.
Coach — Alyssa Scala, Etna

First Team
G — Jadyn Matthews, Enterprise, Sr.
G — Meghan Weinrich, Willows, Jr.
C — Ellie Stewart, Lassen, Sr.
F — Jenna Wallace, Foothill, Sr.
F — Maddyson Tull, Gridley, Sr.
Second Team
G — Chloe Mayer, Pleasant Valley, Sr.
G — Megan Collins, Biggs, Sr.
G — Jordan McCoy, U-Prep, Fr.
F — Carissa Twitchell, Red Bluff, Sr.
F — Abby Shoff, Enterprise, Fr.
Third Team
G — Karina Archibald, Enterprise, Sr.
F — Jessica Dean, Etna, Sr.
F — Morgan Avrit, Hamilton, Jr.
F — Jessie Miller, Red Bluff, Sr.
F — Sadie Alexander, Redding Christian, Jr.

About Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. In addition to coaching freshman football, Williams is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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