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Rank’em: Girls Midseason MVP List

Rank the players from the Midseason MVP Watch List by click on the Up Arrow or Down Arrow next to each player’s name. (Scroll down after the descriptions to vote).

Each MVP Watch List candidate has a bio below. The MVP Watch List is brought to you by Weaver Lumber True Value and Milgard Windows.

Editor’s Note: The players were originally listed as Front Runners, Contenders and Dark Horses, and listed alphabetically within each section. Since then, the voting has moved them around. This is not an actual award, it’s designed for the public to give their opinion on who is the MVP at the midpoint of the season. Votes tallied will be announced Monday on SCS’s social media accounts.

FRONTRUNNERS

Sadie Alexander | Guard | Redding Christian | Senior
At the forefront of the arguably the top small school team in the Northern Section is Alexander, a four-year varsity starter.

She’s deadly beyond the arc (23-for-60, 38 percent) and straight nasty when it comes to squaring up with the opposition’s top scorer. She’s averaging 9.3 points, 3.6 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. But Alexander has elevated one skill that won’t show up in the stat sheet — leadership. Aside of the starters, the rest of the Lions are young (five freshman two juniors) and that takes time to bring everyone up to speed. Alexander is doing just that as the Lions are 11-5 and are No. 7 in the Northern Section Power Rankings.

There’s no question Redding Christian’s program wouldn’t be where it is without Alexander as the senior is looking to lead the Lions to back-to-back section titles.

Maddie Bassett | Guard | West Valley | Soph
Basset had a brief chance to showcase her talent last season as a varsity call-up but has proven she’s ready for the big time this year.

The sophomore has scored in double figures in 15 of 21 games, including all three reported Northern Athletic League contests. She’s scoring 11.8 points per night, grabbing 3.6 rebounds along with a handful of assists and steals per game. Her 45 3-pointers are tops among Shasta County players and fourth-best in the section and West Valley is sitting atop the NAL standings at 4-0, making Bassett a legitimate MVP candidate in one of the best leagues in the section.

Ava Jackson | Guard | Shasta | Senior
It’s appropriate the senior likes to hunt – because man, can she shoot.

A deadly stroke from range, Jackson is hitting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 13.1 per night for Alicia Dahl’s squad. She’s gone for at least 17 in nine of her 16 games this season with a season-high 22 on opening night against West Valley, dropping 6-of-9 from distance.

But it’s not all about the long ball as her mid-range game is sharp and she’s a tireless defender, tracking down the opposition with a hunter’s fervor.

Abby Shoff | Forward | Enterprise | Soph
Want to know how good Shasta County Sports’ No. 1 returner is? Despite playing only eight games this season, her scoring average of 18.6 ranks fifth in the Northern Section and second in Shasta County.

Shoff hasn’t played since Dec. 20 with an ankle injury but was pulling down 9.4 rebounds per game, was shooting from the field at a 49 percent clip and is undoubtedly one of the best players in the section when she’s suited up. The length of her injury has the potential of hampering her chances of taking home MVP honors as a sophomore, but if she returns to help Enterprise to a repeat D-III section title and deep state playoff run, there’s no question she belongs in the conversation, which is why she’s still slotted as a front-runner.

Alissa Terras | Guard | Enterprise | Senior
A year of sitting out due to the transfer rule is paying off for the Enterprise senior point guard.

Terras can score in bunches, has the strength to finish around the hoop and the range to bury downtown shots in key moments. You can’t ask any more from a senior to step up in clutch moments and Terras has already has her share of those this season. She’s battled a couple of injuries and delivered when the Hornets needed her most with Shoff going out with an injury.

She’s helped Enterprise to a perfect 4-0 mark in the Eastern Athletic League so far.

Sammie Wunner | Center | Redding Christian | Senior
The Lions can defend and can score but they wouldn’t be dominant without Wunner in the center.

The 6-foot senior does the dirty work in the paint and protecting the rim. She cleans up misses on the offensive side and pulls down rebounds on the defensive end to halt second chances for opposing teams. Her presence inside makes forces teams to alter their game plan — no one wants to run into a 6-footer inside and be embarrassed. And that’s exactly what Wunner can do.

She’s averaged 9.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game this season for the D-VI favorite Lions.

CONTENDERS

Jordan McCoy | Guard | U-Prep | Soph
The injury bug is rampant this year in the North State girls basketball scene with McCoy joining Shoff as two of Shasta County’s top five ranked returners with ailing pains. The sophomore has appeared in 15 games, averaging 11.9 points and 4.0 rebounds in that span.

When she’s on the floor, she’s the go-to scorer for the Panthers and they’ve shown they need her to contend for a NAL and section championship this year. U-Prep is 11-4 with her in the lineup and 2-4 without her.

Melissa Mitchell | Guard | Foothill | Senior
Coming off arguably the best season in program history, the Cougars needed a leader to bridge the gap and get them back to section championship weekend.

The third-year varsity standout Mitchell is up to the challenge, leading Foothill in scoring (12.9 PPG) and 3-point shooting (28 3PM) so far this season while getting the Cougars to a 10-8 mark. Foothill is on the rise with wins in its past three games but it’s all about playing your best basketball as the calendar flips to February and Mitchell is leading the charge for surging Cougar squad.

Emma Roach | Guard | Foothill | Junior
There aren’t many players who play with a ferocity and distinct passion for the game than Roach.

She’s aggressive when attacking the rim, can mix in some mid-range shots and isn’t afraid to let it fly from downtown. Adding that she’s a lefty makes it even that much more difficult to guard her, which is why she’s helped Foothill with her 8.1 points and 4 rebounds per game this season.

Isabelle Smith | Guard | Shasta | Junior
In her third season on varsity, the junior is averaging 11.1 points, 4-plus rebounds and 2 steals  per night for the Wolves. And there isn’t one hole in her game.

Able to play 1 through 5, Smith has touch from outside, the body to grind down low and the quickness to get out on the break and fill the lane in transition.

A tireless worker, Smith never stops moving on offense and plays an in-your-face defense that just might lead to her grabbing your car keys.

Kylie Tiran | Guard | Burney | Senior
Burney didn’t match last year’s start to the season but it hasn’t stopped Tiran from dominating most games.

The Raiders’ senior guard is averaging 19.6 points per game — fourth-best in the section and tops in Shasta County. She leads the section with 4.9 steals per game and is fourth with 4.2 assists per game. She’s established herself as one of the best small school players in the section.

DARK HORSES

McKenzie Cassingham | Guard | Central Valley | Senior
The 5-foot guard is the leader of the Falcons and is midway through her third year on varsity. Although CV isn’t piling up the wins at 8-13 overall, the offense flows through Cassingham’s hands.

Cassingham is averaging 13.8 points, 4.7 steals, 6.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game and her 43 3-pointers are fifth-most in the section.

Kolby Friermood | Forward | Anderson | Junior
Anderson’s bright spot in a rough 3-18 campaign so far has been Friermood, who is one of only three Northern Section players averaging a double-double this season.

The 5-foot-11 junior is putting up 11 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and has 11 double-doubles on the season. It didn’t take long for her to adjust to the varsity level and now she’s coming into her own with double digit scoring efforts in seven straight games.

Marissa Leighton | Forward | Fall River | Senior
The 13-4 Bulldogs are considered one of the top teams in D-VI and Leighton is the driving force behind them.

A strong post, Leighton is dropping 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per night and adds 1.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She’s solid around the rim, on defense and she can run the floor to push the ball in transition.

Melanie Lindsey | Guard | U-Prep | Soph
U-Prep’s other sophomore guard is developing into a scorer alongside McCoy that could keep U-Prep competitive for three years.

She flashed her potential when McCoy was out with injury, averaging nearly 13 points per night in those games with a 23-point effort in a win over Modoc. Lindsey leads the team in overall scoring with 225 points and averages 10.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

Staff Reports is content produced by the Shasta County Sports team.

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