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) have 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.
5. Emma Roach | G | Foothill | Sr.
The two-sport athlete isn’t flashy, but a hard-nosed player who does a lot of the things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. Sure, she averaged 8.3 points nearly 4 rebounds and a tick under 2 assists per night, but it’s more than that. She has the ability to take over offensively should the need arise – Roach dropped 19 against U-Prep, 15 against Enterprise and 12 against Pleasant Valley on consecutive nights. But the senior also is a dogged defender who logged at least one steal in 17 of the Cougars’ 24 contests. She can hit from mid-range, from beyond the arc and finish around the hole.