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Willows’ Weinrich leads All-Northern Section girls basketball team as MVP

Willows' senior Meghan Weinrich was named the Northern Section girls basketball MVP for the 2019-20 season. (Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

Eight Shasta County girls basketball players were recently names to the All-Northern Section basketball team, including first-teamers Mianna Saechao of Enterprise and Madalynn Bassett of West Valley.

Willows senior Meghan Weinrich was named Most Valuable Player of the Northern Section, leading the Honkers to a 24-4 overall mark with an average of 27.8 points and 9.3 rebounds and 5.1 steals per game. She also finished her four-year prep career with 2,283 points.

West Valley’s Lenny Ehn was named Northern Section Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles to the Northern California Division V finals following a perfect 10-0 mark in the Northern Athletic League and a NSCIF D-IV championship win over U-Prep.

Saechao, a senior guard, helped the Hornets to a NSCIF D-III finals appearance with 10.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game. West Valley sophomore guard Bassett was the top scorer on the Eagles, contributing 11.5 points per night thanks to 68 3-pointers to go with 3.5 rebounds.

The rest of the first team included Gridley junior guard Kennedy Tull (18.2 ppg, 4.4 apg) and Pleasant Valley junior guard Christiane Carlisle (11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg).

The All-Northern Section team is selected by a consensus of media members from Shasta County Sports, MaxPreps and newspapers Chico Enterprise-Record, Marysville Appeal-Democrat and the Redding Record Searchlight.

Four of the five players on the second team reigned from Shasta County, including Redding Christian senior guard Sadie Alexander (Five-Star League MVP) and senior center Sammie Wunner, U-Prep sophomore Jordan McCoy and Shasta senior sharpshooter Ava Jackson. Alexander and Wunner both went over 1,000 career points this season and helped the Lions to back-to-back NSCIF D-VI titles with Alexander contributing 11.5 points, 3 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.0 rebounds and Wunner dropping 9.3 points and 7.3 rebounds on a nightly basis. McCoy played through a shoulder injury to score 10.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 26 of the Panthers’ 33 games, reaching the D-IV section title game and CIF NorCal D-V semifinals. Jackson made 65 3-pointers and scored 13.1 points and grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game.

Pierce freshman forward Jocelyn Medina (25.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg) rounded out the second team players.

Enterprise senior guard Alissa Terras and West Valley senior point guard Maddie Steele were selected on the All-Section third team. Terras played through multiple injuries to contribute 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 24 of 29 games for the Hornets. Steele was named the Northern Athletic League MVP for her leadership as the floor general for the section championship and NorCal runner-up Eagles, averaging 6.2 points, 3.9 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

The rest of the third team included Chico forward Tessa Kinney (9.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg), Wheatland junior forward Logan Garza (16.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Portola senior center Margaret Canseco (15.8 ppg).

The All Northern Section basketball teams are selection by consensus of media members in the north state including Shasta County Sports, the Chico Enterprise-Record, the Redding Record Searchlight, the Marysville Appeal-Democrat and MaxPreps.

2019-2020 All Northern Section Girls Basketball Team
MVP – Meghan Weinrich, Willows, Sr.
Coach – Lenny Ehn, West Valley

First Team
G – Mianna Saechao, Enterprise, Sr.
G – Kennedy Tull, Gridley, Jr.
G – Madalynn Bassett, West Valley, So.
G – Chrisitiane Carlisle, Pleasant Valley, Jr.
F – Meghan Weinrich, Willows, Sr.

Second Team
G – Sadie Alexander, Redding Christian, Sr.
G – Jordan McCoy, U-Prep, So.
G – Ava Jackson, Shasta, Sr.
F – Jocelyn Medina, Pierce, Fr.
C – Sammie Wunner, Redding Christian, Sr.

Third Team
G – Alissa Terras, Enterprise, Sr.
G – Maddie Steele, West Valley, Sr.
F – Tessa Kinney, Chico, Jr.
F – Logan Garza, Wheatland, Jr.
C – Margaret Canseco, Portola, Sr.

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

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