The Shasta County Sports Top 25 Girls Basketball preseason player rankings sponsored by Eagle Eye Painting Company are inside the top 20 and reaching the top 15 now with the next crop of players.
Take a look at some of of these girls basketball players who should make an impact for the upcoming season. By the way, if you need any painting done — give Eagle Eye Painting a call, or at the least, give them a ring to say ‘thank you’ for supporting local athletics.
Reminder: the player rankings are based on varsity experience and potential impact for the 2018 season, taking into consideration coaches input, stats, postseason awards and first-hand experience.
17. Riley Wallen (5-5), G, Foothill, Sr.
Nearly all of Cougars return to build off their semifinal appearance last year and Wallen will be a contributor to watch out for. She averaged 5.7 points per game to go with 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 2017-18. Wallen scored a season-high 17 points in a loss to Del Norte and scored in double digits in three Eastern Athletic League games last season — against Pleasant Valley, Enterprise and Shasta.
16. McKenzie Cassingham (5-0, G, Central Valley, Jr.
A bright spot in last year’s 1-25 season for the Falcons was Cassingham, who averaged 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Cassingham is trying to follow in the footsteps of another CV legend in Tayah Ranney, the Northern Section’s all-time 3-point queen, draining 56 3-pointers last season, which was tops in the Northern Athletic League and fourth overall in the Northern Section. Cassingham scored at least 20 points in four games, including a season-best 29 points against Las Plumas.
15. Kiley Tiran (5-6), F, Burney, Jr.
An all-Five Star League choice, Tiran is a player to watch for the Raiders this season. She averaged 13.9 points and 6.8 steals per game during her sophomore campaign. Tiran scored at least 20 points three times, dropping 28 points in a win over Chester.