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Shoff, Matthews deliver D-III title for Enterprise with 71-50 win over No. 2 Foothill

Abby Shoff almost wasn’t a varsity player three months ago.

Fast forward to Saturday and the Enterprise freshman post was a catalyst for delivering the Hornets a 10th Northern Section banner.

Enterprise High freshman Abby Shoff helped Enterprise to a convincing 21-point win over Foothill in the Northern Section Division III final at Shasta College on Saturday with a 15-point effort. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Abby Shoff almost wasn’t a varsity player three months ago.

Fast forward to Saturday and the Enterprise freshman post was a catalyst for delivering the Hornets a 10th Northern Section banner.

Shoff dropped nine of her 15 points in the third quarter, fueling a 12-0 Enterprise run to pull away and bury No. 2 Foothill 71-50 for the NSCIF Division III championship Saturday at Shasta College. All playoff coverage is sponsored by Redding Rancheria.

“In the beginning of the year we weren’t so sure (of putting Shoff on varsity, saying ‘did we make the right choice?’” Enterprise coach Anthony Williams said. “She’s proved us right ever since. She had great effort, is everywhere on the court and made an impact on the offensive and defensive end.”


Shoff complemented senior leader Jadyn Matthews, who poured in a game-high 19 points in beating Foothill for the fourth time this season as the Hornets moved to 19-0 against Northern Section opponents this season. Mianna Saechaeo chipped in 15 points as well, lighting it up to pull some of the attention away Matthews rightly deserves.

To get Enterprise’s offense in rhythm, the pressure-packed defense shined at times, sticking on Foothill’s shooters and hardly allowing the Cougars – the highest scoring team in the section –  to breathe.

Enterprise closed the opening period on a 7-0 run, five points off free throws, to lead 17-11. Saechao followed her left-handed layup with a 3 and Matthews converted D’zire Lewis’ steal into a layup to lead 26-15 midway through the second. The Hornets flirted with a double-digit lead for the rest of the half until Jenna Wallace hit a deep 2 and Riley Wallen’s layup cut it to a seven-point game at the break.

Foothill’s Jenna Wallace looks for an open teammate in front of Enterprise’s bench Saturday in the NSCIF D-III final. Wallace scored a team-best 17 points in the loss. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Wallace paced the Cougars with 17 points and Wallen chipped in with 13. Foothill had 12 turnovers by intermission but it was that combined with a handful or two of missed shots they usually make that prevented the Cougars from scoring at will like they have all season.

“We are a transition team and a lot of our shots come off of that so we tried to keep pushing but shots weren’t falling,” Foothill coach Stephanie Ahluwalia said. “Wide opens shots weren’t going in and that killed our momentum.”

Matthews used a jump stop and spun in the lane for back-to-back baskets before Shoff’s and-1 helped ignite a 12-point run. Shoff scored nine points on a 14-2 stretch, attacking the rim between two defenders for a 53-33 lead with 1:27 left in the third.

“She’s not playing like a freshman at all,” Matthew said of Shoff. “It’s amazing what she’s doing, producing like that against juniors and seniors.”

Enterprise outscored Foothill 19-8 in the third. Matthews knocked down a 3-pointer to open the fourth and followed with a bucket inside to allow Williams to empty his bench early and get reserves playing time in a section title game.

 

Enterprise High’s Jadyn Matthews celebrates winning a Northern Section championship with teammate Alanah Stephens Saturday at Shasta College. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

“Jadyn is awesome, the most selfless player I’ve ever coached,” said Williams. “She can score at will, she could take every shot if she wanted but she’s a team-first person and that’s how she has always been and that helps us tremendously.”

Foothill couldn’t pull closer than 16 in the fourth quarter and Enterprise carries that momentum into the state playoffs where it could end up being a top seed in Division III if the Hornets don’t get moved up to Division II. The state playoffs are seeded based on competitive equity and not by school size anymore. An announcement will come on ShastaCountySports.com on Sunday.

“Keep playing together is what we really have to do,” Shoff said about Enterprise pushing for a state title. “As long as we believe in our coaches and stay together as a family we’ll be good.”

#1 Enterprise 71, #2 Foothill 50
Foothill 11-17-9-13—50
Enterprise 17-18-19-17—71
Foothill (20-10): Wallace 17, Wallen 13, Urricelqui 5, Henning 4, Mitchell 4, Roach 3, A. Wallace 2, Toney 1, Troncale 1.
Enterprise (25-5): Matthews 19, Shoff 15, Saechao 15, Archibald 6, Whetstone 5, James 4, Seitz 4, Stephens 2, Lewis 1.
3-pointers—Foothill 4 (J. Wallace 3, Urricelqui); Enterprise 6 (Saechao 3, James, Matthews, Whetstone).

T.J. is a national-award winning journalist passionate about local news and telling the story no one else knows about. He’s roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010 and is a content producer from sunup to sundown. Sports are a hobby he shares with his wife Tracy where they’ve spent many dates around a field or court of some sort.

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