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Shasta County Sports 2018-19 All-County girls basketball team

When you want to put together a complete team, the term “balance” usually lingers around the top of the conversation. Yes, you want a strength and an identity. But when you talk look at the 2018-19 All-Shasta County girls basketball team filled with all-Northern Section and all-league talent, and league and section champions, it will take you awhile to find a weakness.

The 2018-19 All-County girls basketball team is led by forwards Jadyn Matthews and Abby Shoff, center Jenna Wallace and guards Karina Archibald and Jordan McCoy. The star-studded quintuplet heads a class of 26 players that stood out on the hardwood this season (Graphic by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sports, photos by Mike Daly)

When you want to put together a complete team, the term “balance” usually lingers around the top of the conversation. Yes, you want a strength and an identity. But when you talk look at the 2018-19 All-Shasta County girls basketball team filled with all-Northern Section and all-league talent, and league and section champions, it will take you awhile to find a weakness.

There is a overload of talent on the team, sponsored by Eagle Eye Painting Company, who can play in the paint. Others can drain from downtown and control the tempo from the perimeter. You have experience — nine of the 15 players on the first, second or third team are seniors — and you have rising stars — two freshmen on the first team and another pair of juniors on the second.

Players were chosen by the Shasta County Sports staff and picked through extensive game coverage throughout the season. In addition to the “eye test,” players were also evaluated using statistics and coach input.

Enterprise’s Matthews is this year’s Most Valuable Player after dominating competition throughout the county, the section and practically all opponents she ran into in NorCal. She helped the Hornets to a NorCal D-II championship berth — the Final Four of high school basketball — averaging an astonishing 22 points and 10 rebounds per night.

Following Matthews’ with extra honors is her coach, Anthony Williams of Enterprise as the Shasta County Sports girls basketball Coach of the Year. He inherited a program that had been among the top for nearly a decade but put his own touches on a team to snap a three-year section championship drought, which is practically an eternity for a school known for its basketball and carries championship aspirations every year. The Hornets not only controlled every team in the section, going 20-0 against section foes, but they took a challenge by the CIF seeding committee and proved they belong in Division II, reaching the NorCal championship after three state home victories. In all, Enterprise went 10-0 to win the Eastern Athletic League title, 28-6 overall and did it with leadership, patience, hustle and swag.

Guard — Karina Archibald | Enterprise | Senior

Stats: 6.9 points per game, 1.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals
Honors: Eastern Athletic League,  All-Northern Section third team
Strengths: There wasn’t a defensive assignment Archibald would shy away from. A gritty defender who could harass you with persistence or lock you down with patience helped her earn a scholarship to Simpson University. Maybe no one in Shasta County saw the court as well as she did, setting up teammates for open shots, controlling the tempo when Enterprise was ready to push or pull  back, and she has the ability to hit a clutch shot or drive to the hoop despite coming off knee injuries in back-to-back seasons.
Moments: Archibald scored her first points since her knee surgery against Eureka in her second game. She had her first double-digit scoring game against Inderkum of Sacramento but had one of her most complete games against rival Shasta on Jan. 18 during a stretch where Archibald was hitting her stride. Against the Wolves, she scored 16 points (second-most on the season) to go with a season-high eight steals in the 82-40 win, which was the closest she came to a double-double on the year.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Guard — Jordan McCoy | U-Prep | Freshman

Stats: 18.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals
Honors: Northern Athletic League,  All-Northern Section second team
Strengths: While it’s not rare in girls hoops to see freshman playing varsity, it’s something else to see a player with the basketball IQ of someone like McCoy. The 9th-grader ran point for Steven Schuster’s offense and guided the Panthers to a 18-9 mark and a trip to the playoffs. McCoy has the size, speed and build to play at high school’s highest level and while she was learning on the job, earned high marks from her coach throughout the year. She had a great first step, a burgeoning jumper and was as stout defensively as someone who has been playing varsity basketball for longer than one season.
Moments: McCoy often drew the marquee defensive assignment and a Jan. 14 game against NorCal finalist Enterprise was no different. The freshman was tasked with trying to shut down, or at least limit, Northern Section and Shasta County Sports MVP Jadyn Matthews. And while the future Weber State player managed 20 points in the win over U-Prep, every point was earned. McCoy blanketed Matthews, bodying up on the senior and never backing down from the challenge.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Center — Jenna Wallace | Foothill | Senior

Stats: 15.1 points per game, 9.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals
Honors: Eastern Athletic League,  All-Northern Section first team
Strengths: When versatility was brought up in Palo Cedro, people were often referencing Wallace’s game. A post who could run the floor, play on the perimeter and defend inside translated a standout season. Wallace was fundamentally sound and let her effort and production do all the talking for her. The result came nearly a double-double average, a 20-win season for Foothill that saw the Cougars in the section finals for the first time since 2005 and the program’s first state playoff victory.
Moments: For Foothill to establish itself as a true contender in Division III, the Cougars had to win at reigning state runner-up Pleasant Valley. Wallace led the way on the Feb. 7 game with 24 points, 14 rebounds, one of her 15 double-doubles on the season. Even more so, the win boosted the Cougars’ confidence heading into playoffs where Wallace later helped them bury the same PV team by 13 two weeks later in the semifinals.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Abby Shoff | Enterprise | Freshman

Stats: 9.3 points per game, 7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 1 block
Honors: Eastern Athletic League honorable mention,  All-Northern Section second team
Strengths: Hornets coach Anthony Williams at one point questioned if she was ready for varsity before the season. What a difference that could have made. Shoff’s confidence grew as the season went on, from earning all-tourney in the Harlan Carter Invitational to dropping a double-double in the section championship win. Let’s be clear, she earned everything she accomplished this season. Her effort, unselfishness and toughness combined with her developing talent allowed  her to stand tall with the upperclassmen as one of the best in the county.
Moments: The bright lights of the big stage weren’t too big for the freshman. In the Northern Section Division III final against Foothill on Feb. 23, Shoff delivered one of her best games of her short prep career — a 15-point, 11-rebound effort in the lopsided 71-50 win. She ran the floor, positioned herself for rebounds and scored nine of her 15 points in the third quarter to highlight a 12-0 Enterprise run that led the Hornets to pull away for their 10th section crown in program history.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Jadyn Matthews | Enterprise | Senior | MVP

Stats: 21.9 points per game, 10.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.8 steals
Honors: Eastern Athletic League, Northern Section MVP, Cal-Hi Sports D-II State Player of the Year, SportsStars Magazine All-NorCal Third Team
Strengths: In the past, Matthews had no problem forcing her will on an opponent in the blocks. She’d body you up and take you to the rim before you could get the courage to stand in her way. This year, she developed a perimeter game that produced 31 3-pointers — almost triple the amount from her decorated junior campaign — that allowed her to be a well-rounded unstoppable force that led her to earning an NCAA Division I scholarship to Weber State in Utah.
Moments: In the Northern Section championship win against Foothill, Matthews poured in a game-high 19 points, showcasing her entire repertoire with jump stops, coast-to-coast layups, a 3-pointer, mid-range jumpers and post moves. But at the end, as the overwhelming favorite, the game having practically decided for more than a quarter, it was Matthews enjoying the moment with joy and emotion after achieving her No. 1 goal of winning a section title.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Second team

Guard — Madi Friebel | U-Prep | Junior

Stats: 18.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 steals
Honors: Northern Athletic League
Strengths: The engine that drove the Panthers’ machine, Friebel is as good a basketball player as she is a volleyball player – and she’s darn good on the volleyball court. Possessing a deadly touch from range, Friebel also showed keen knowledge of the offense and offered a veteran presence for the Panthers, who often had a young team on the floor. She was capable of taking an opponent off the dribble and strong enough to finish in traffic.
Moments: It was a postseason tuneup against a lower division foe (Redding Christian), but Friebel showed the spectrum of what she’s capable of in the 55-33 win over the Lions. In addition to draining four 3-pointers for her 12 points on the night, Friebel also was a defensive pest, strong enough to play down low, quick enough to shut down the perimeter.
Photo credit: T.J. Holmes

Guard — Sadie Alexander | Redding Christian | Junior


Stats:
13.4 points per game, 2.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 3.0 steals, 76 3-pointers
Honors: Five-Star League co-MVP,  All-Northern Section third team
Strengths: Alexander’s leadership, tenacious defense and sharp-shooting abilities set her up to be one of the better players not only in Shasta County but in the Northern Section. Without her skills, court awareness and experience, the talented Lions would not have outscored opponents by an average of 23 points per game en route to a D-VI section title and a NorCal Regional playoff victory. Her 76 3-pointers were tops in Shasta County and second overall in the section.
Moments: Alexander was the Tri Counties Bank Player of the Week for Week 8, showing her offense was finally catching up with her lockdown defense. She poured a season-high 23 points in a 68-33 win over Mercy on Jan. 18 — 16 of those came in the third quarter alone. She nailed all three 3-point attempts in the period in what her coach and father Scott Alexander called her “mini-(Steph) Curry quarter.”
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Crysta Papesh | Anderson | Senior

Stats: 15.7 points per game, 13.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.7 steals
Honors: Northern Athletic League honorable mention,  All-Northern Section second team
Strengths: A rebounding machine. There was no shortage of energy and effort from Papesh during her senior campaign, which led her to be the rebounding champ in the Northern Section. Her 160 offensive rebounds and 22 double-doubles were second in the section thanks to her athletic frame that allowed her to slip by and finesse her way to success.
Moments: Wins weren’t easy to come by for the Cubs in 2018-19 but Papesh had a rare 20-20 game that can’t go unnoticed. Against North Coast Section’s Santa Cruz, Papesh scored 21 points to go with 21 rebounds in a 56-51 win on Dec. 27.
Photo credit: T.J. Holmes

Forward — Riley Wallen | Foothill | Senior


Stats:
8.8 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals
Honors: Eastern Athletic League honorable mention
Strengths: Wallen’s instincts peaked late in the season when Foothill was playing its best ball and she was as key reason why. Her tenacity around the boards stayed consistent throughout the year, showing she wasn’t afraid to mix it up and people around under the hoop.
Moments: Down the stretch, it was Wallen’s senior leadership and aggressive nature that allowed her to take over. She scored in double figures in five straight games and seven of her final nine to help the Cougars reach the Northern Section championship game. She scored 12 in the Cougars’ 45-40 win over Colfax for the first state playoff victory in program history.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Jenna Adkins | West Valley | Senior

Stats: 10.1 points per game, 8.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals
Honors: Northern Athletic League
Strengths: Like her older siblings before her, when Adkins wanted to take over, there wasn’t anyone willing to stand in the way. Power? Check. Strength? You bet. Aggressiveness to attack at will? No doubt. When you combine those traits with a high-motor player, you’re going to get one of the better players in the area. Adkins provided that and more for the section semifinalist Eagles, who earned an at-large bid for a state playoff game — losing only by six after a long road trip to Mariposa County.
Moments: Adkins was named a Tri Counties Bank Player of the Week during the first half of the season and one game in particular stood out to earn the accolade. She scored eight of her 11 points in one period over Sutter, pushing, driving, rebounding and scoring her way in dominating fashion. She also had a 15 & 15 game in a 49-15 win over Corning three weeks earlier.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Third team

Guard — Maddie Steele | West Valley | Junior

Stats: 7.1 points per game, 3.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.8 steals
Honors: Northern Athletic League
Strengths: A true point guard with the mindset to let the offense flow through her hands, Steele set the tone as a hard-nosed defender and floor general despite only being a junior. She looked inside to Adkins and Ashlee Lewis but wasn’t afraid to swing it on the perimeter or drive to the hoop when she saw a lane open. Her all-around game can certainly develop into one of the top players coming back for her senior season.
Moments: What a fitting name for her style of play. Steele didn’t always have to score to be effective for the defensive-minded Eagles. In a Dec. 15 preseason game against Corning, Steele plucked a season-high nine steals in a 49-25 win over Corning. It might have come with only five points but the Eagles don’t need much offense when Steele was spearheading the defensive effort.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Guard — Kiley Tiran | Burney | Senior

Stats: 16.9 points per game, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 5.2 steals
Honors: Five-Star League
Strengths: There weren’t many players in the county that could keep up with Tiran’s quickness and ball-handling skills. What kept her on everyone’s radar was her ability to score in bunches and thanks to turning her section-leading 5.2 steals per game into points the other way.
Moments: Tiran scored in double figures in all but three games, according to MaxPreps, but her five-game stretch from Dec. 13 to Dec. 20 was tough to beat. Tiran scored at least 22 points in every one of those contests, helping Burney win all five games and averaged 7.4 steals in that span.
Photo credit: T.J. Holmes

Forward — Sammie Wunner | Redding Christian | Junior

Stats: 13.1 points per game, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.1 steals
Honors: Five-Star League co-MVP
Strengths: A true center and a dominant force in the paint, Wunner’s contributions were vital for the Lions’ section championship run. Wunner’s job was not only to dismantle but devastate their opponents. With a tall and powerful ‘big’ inside, there weren’t many players who could match her. Her game continued to improve as the season grew, averaging nearly 17 points across the final seven games of the season — all playoff games.
Moments: Wunner had her moments, totaling four double-doubles and was selected as the Tri Counties Bank Player of the Week once. She scored at least 20 points five times. But in the Northern Section Division VI final against Etna, Wunner took over in overtime to score four of the Lions’ six points in the extra period using a low post move, tough rebounding and a rare occurence where she dribbled nearly coast-to-coast to be fouled for two free throws with 27 seconds left for a four-point deficit that Etna couldn’t recover from.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Delanie Henning | Foothill | Senior


Stats: 7.1 points per game, 7.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals
Strengths: As a junior, you could telling Henning was on the verge of tapping into her full potential. Once her confidence arrived this season, Henning was a dynamic post presence at both ends of the floor and carried one of the best low-post moves in the area. A rare-lefty, she took advantage of people forgetting about her dominant hand, but wasn’t shy from spinning the other way for a soft-touched right lay-in.
Moments: Henning delivered in the clutch for Foothill’s first state playoff win in program history. She scored 13 points and added a season-high 13 rebounds in the 45-40 win over Colfax on Feb. 26. If it wasn’t for Henning’s post moves early on, Foothill could have been in major trouble.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Forward — Ashlee Lewis | West Valley | Senior


Stats:
11.1 points per game, 9.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.7 blocks
Honors: Northern Athletic League
Strengths: The other half of West Valley’s ‘Twin Towers’ is headed to Butte after wrecking the hopes of opponents wanting to do anything around the rim. Lewis used her strength inside and her height to power her way to the glass, either grabbing a board or posting up an opponent for what looked like an easy score. She led the team in scoring, rebounds and blocks.
Moments: Not many players in Shasta County has more than five double-doubles across the season. Lewis did that in five straight games. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 8, Lewis averaged 14.2 points and 12.2 rebounds to announce her presence as a dominant force for the Eagles. She would end up adding three more double-doubles on the season with a 12-point, 20-rebound effort against Central Valley on Feb. 5.
Photo credit: Mike Daly

Honorable Mention

Gabby Rosales, Anderson, All-NAL
McKenzie Cassingham
, Central Valley, All-NAL
Ava Jackson, Shasta, All-EAL
Courtney Jones, Redding Christian, All-FSL
Marissa Leighton, Fall River, All-Shasta Cascade League
Melissa Mitchell, Foothill
Kaleia Mizuta, U-Prep, All-NAL honorable mention
Mianna Saechao, Enterprise
Trinity Markham, Fall River, All-SCL honorable mention
Isabelle Smith, Shasta
Kaylee Jones, Redding Christian, All-FSL

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

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