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2020-21 Girls Basketball Player Rankings: No. 1 – Abby Shoff

The annual ‘Top 25’ previews the players to watch for the 2021 girls basketball spring season

(Graphic by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)

The Shasta County Sports Top 25 girls basketball players are ranked, in a countdown format, based on varsity experience and potential impact for the upcoming season. Coaches’ opinions, statistics, postseason accolades, video highlights and the “eye test” were all factors in compiling the list.

The only teams included are in Shasta County — Anderson, Burney, Central Valley, Enterprise, Fall River, Foothill, Redding Christian, Shasta, U-Prep and West Valley. Some schools (Burney, Fall River and Redding Christian) opted out of playing hoops this spring to not compete for athletes and other sports during the pandemic but we ranked those players as if they were going to have a season — to be fair to those who have earned the spot to be on the list.

The Top 25 Returning Players List is sponsored by Weaver Lumber and Milgard Windows, proud partners of Shasta County Sports.

1. Abby Shoff | F | Enterprise | Jr.

(Graphic by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports)

Abby Shoff is on a mission. Not to show that she’s back after a season-ending injury shelved her eight games into her sophomore season.

No, the Enterprise junior is all about winning games, said Hornets’ coach Anthony Williams.

He said there’s a part of her that wants to show she’s back, but the former Enterprise star himself said Shoff is focused on victories.

“She’s transformed her game,” he said. “I’m pretty sure she spent every day during the pandemic in the gym. She’s been lifting and it shows.”

Which is bad news for opponents.

Shoff averaged 18.6 points and 9.4 boards per night over eight games as a sophomore, while also dropping 9.3 and 7 as she splashed onto the North State hoops scene as a freshman during Enterprise’s NorCal finals run. She hit double-digits in points in all eight games last year, while notching five double-doubles.

And while the 6-footer could run the floor as well as most guards over her first two seasons, Williams said teams should expect more from Shoff this season.

“She can play anywhere from the 1 to the 5,” he said, “and she’s going to have the ball in her hands a lot more this season. We’re preparing her for college where she’ll be a hybrid 3.”

The Hornets coach said her shot from distance has improved and that if a defender presses her on the perimeter, she’s got the ability to blow past.

“She’s like Jadyn (Matthews), a generational talent,” Williams said. “She wants to be the next great Enterprise star and works hard for it.”

2021 Spring Girls Basketball Rankings

25. Esmerelda James | Enterprise
24. Genny Kendall | Shasta
23. Maddie Matthews | Foothill
22. Hanna Wayne | West Valley
21. Taryn Giacomelli | Shasta
20. Trinity Fernandez | Enterprise
19. Bailey Matos | Redding Christian
18. Amber Wallace | Foothill
17. Kylee King | Central Valley
16. Lexi Proscher | West Valley
15. Zoey Burns | Central Valley
14. Kaylee Jones | Redding Christian
13. Isa Padilla | Foothill
12. Kolby Friermood | Anderson
11. Jaesee Heacock | West Valley
10. Ashlee Kraft | U-Prep
9. Aleah Matos | Redding Christian
8. Ella Rodriguez | Shasta
7. Melanie Lindsey | U-Prep
6. Isabelle Smith | Shasta
5. Emma Roach | Foothill
4. Kaleia Mizuta | U-Prep
3. Jordan McCoy | U-Prep
2. Madalynn Bassett | West Valley
1. Abby Shoff | Enterprise

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. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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