Hope you were able to get out out to the All-State Girls Basketball games Saturday at King’s.
There were some great performances in the three contests, and I’ll give you some highlights a little later in this post (I finally got the link to the box scores for all three games, and you can find them here).
But first I want to make sure you know about the awards that were announced that night by the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association (WSGBCA), which put on Saturday’s event.
Myzhanique (MyMy) Ladd of Cleveland was named the 2014 Ms. Basketball Washington State — meaning the overall state Player of the Year for all classifications.
Teammate Makala Roper earned honors as the 3A Player of the Year. The two led Cleveland to a second straight state title earlier this month.
They were the only local players honored. The 4A Player of the Year is Hannah Caudill, who helped Gonzaga Prep capture its first 4A state title.
Gonzaga coach Mike Arte shared the WSGBCA Coach of the Year award with Curt De Haan, who led Lynden Christian to the 1A state title and recently announced his retirement after a highly successful career. You can read a story on his accomplishments here.
Dan Taylor of King’s was the 1A Coach of the Year. The Knights reached the 1A championship.
Bryan Willison, who guided a young Bishop Blanchet team to the 3A title game, was honored as 3A Coach of the Year.
You’ll find the complete list of award winners below. But let me jump back to the All-State Games.
Marijike Vandershaaf of Eastlake stood out as the Player of the Game in the 4A vs. 3A contest as she put together 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in the 4As’ 82-77 victory. Caudill added 13 points, while Kelli Kingma of Jackson supplied 11 points and three steals.
Ladd and Roger each had 10 for the 3A squad, which was led by Sidney Rielly of Everett with 21 points and four assists. Sira Toure of Kamiakin had 14 points and three steals, while Seattle Prep’s Mary Ann Santucci contributed seven points and eight rebounds.
The 2As edged the 1As 66-13 behind the efforts of Nike McClure of W.F. West, who was named the Player of the Game after piling up 17 points, 13 rebounds and four steals. Cedarcrest’s Susan Kenney finished with 10 points, while Sara McGee of Black Hills had nine points and 11 boards.
Top scorers for the 1A all-stars were Brewster’s Monica Landeck (15) and Chander Smith (13, plus nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals).
Kaelee Reed from Wilbur-Creston was the choice for Player of the Game in the 2B vs. 1B contest with 26 points and 13 rebounds. But she had plenty of help as the 1Bs rolled to a 89-47 victory. Colton’s two representatives were key. Jenna Moser did a little of everything with 14 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and six assists, while Jackie Warner had 18 points and five rebounds. Rosalie’s Mackenzie Reddish added 10 points and nine board.
For the 2B team, Napavine’s Mackenzie Olsen finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Catherine Fernandez of Bear Creek chipped in eight points and 10 boards.
Here are those complete list of players and coaches honored by the WSGBCA for their seasons overall:
2014 1B Player of the Year: Jenna Moser, Colton
2014 2B Player of the Year: Ashley Lyons, DeSales
2014 1A Player of the Year: Chandler Smith, Brewster
2014 2A Player of the Year: Nike McClure, W.F. West
2014 3A Player of the Year: Makala Roper, Cleveland
2014 4A Player of the Year: Hannah Caudill, Gonzaga Prep
2014 Ms. Basketball Washington State: Myzhanique Ladd, Cleveland
2014 1B Coach of the Year: Clark Vining, Colton
2014 2B Coach of the Year: Mark Rickard, St. George’s School
2014 1A Coach of the Year: Dan Taylor, King’s
2014 2A Coach of the Year: Henri Weeks, W.F. West
2014 3A Coach of the Year: Bryan Willison, Blanchet
2014 4A Coach of the Year : Mike Arte, Gonzaga Prep
2014 WSGBCA Coach of the Year: Mike Arte, Gonzaga Prep
2014 WSGBCA Coach of the Year: Curt De Haan, Lynden Christian