Four-year varsity player and returning first team all section player Jadyn Matthews lands at No. 1 in the Shasta County Sports Top 25 Girls Basketball Player Rankings. The Enterprise standout averaged 15 and 10 last year and could be even better in her senior campaign. (Photo by Mike Daly / Shasta County Sports)
We’ve reached the top in the Shasta County Sports Top 25 Girls Basketball Player Rankings, sponsored by Eagle Eye Painting Company. We started nearly 11 days ago and have spotlighted the best of the best returning to Shasta County basketball floors and today we hit No. 1 with a four-year varsity player and All Northern Section first team choice last season..
Enterprise’s Jadyn Matthews has always had the game … and this year, new Hornets’ coach Anthony Williams said she’s got the intangibles to hopefully take her east side squad to new heights. Lofty thoughts considering the Hornets went to the NorCal Division III quarterfinals last year after landing the No. 1 seed in the division.
“She’s gotten even better,” Williams said. “I saw her at the end of last year and it’s not just the skill, it’s the leadership stuff. She’s really blossomed into that role.”
Matthews averaged a double-double last year with 15.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, scoring at least 10 points in 24 of her 27 games with those other three resulting in blowout victories. She sets herself apart with her athleticism, tough defense and determination to simply get the job done.
Matthews, the younger sister of Enterprise legend Izzy Matthews who just finished four years of playing running back at Colorado State, is a nightmare for opposing coaches and teams. The 5-foot-11 senior has the size of a post, the shot of a shooting guard and the speed of a point. All of which present matchup nightmares.
“She’s the hybrid of hybrids,” Williams said. “She’s the rare athlete who can pound it down low, stretch it (defenses) out with the 3 or blow by you on the dribble.”
The first-year coach said Matthews allows the Hornets to be flexible each night and shift lineups to their advantage.
“Tomorrow she might be our point, but other days we’ll drop her down and have her play the 5,” Williams said. “She’s humble and unselfish.”
Coming into the coaching role this season, Williams, an Enterprise alumni, said he’d followed Matthews on the court, but was amazed at just how polished her game was when they got into summer league.
“She’s a force,” he said. “The hype is real. I don’t know if she’s containable.
“She has the ability to score from any spot on the court.”
Previously released rankings
Nov. 16 – Nos. 21-25
Nov. 17 – Nos. 18-20
Nov. 18 – Nos. 15-17
Nov. 19 – Nos. 12-14
Nov. 20 – Nos. 9-11
Nov. 21 – Nos. 6-8
Nov. 23 – No. 5, Isabelle Smith
Nov. 24 – No. 4, Melissa Mitchell
Today – No. 3, Karina Archibald
Nov. 26 – No. 2, Jenna Wallace
Nov. 27 – No. 1, Jadyn Matthews