Nevada County girls reap all-league honors
As the three western Nevada County girls basketball teams plunge themselves into their second season – the postseason – they do so with the knowledge of which players were recognized on all-league teams.
In all, the Nevada Union, Bear River and Forest Lake Christian teams had 12 players named to various all-league teams, with two being tabbed as the Most Valuable Player in their respective league.
All three teams have playoff games tonight.
After winning the Metro League title, the Miners can also brag of having the league’s MVP in sophomore point guard Caroline Reeves.
In her second year as a starter, Reeves averaged 10.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
Teammates Olympia Jacobs and Sarah McAtee were named to the Metro’s first-team all-league as well. Jacobs, a senior guard, was second in the league in scoring with 14.5 points per game, also adding 2.8 steals, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
McAtee, a sophomore post player who also earned all-league honors in volleyball this fall, is averaging 8.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
The No. 2 seeded Miners host No. 15 Elk Grove at 7 p.m. tonight in Ali Gymnasium in their first-round playoff game.
A trend is certainly being established in the Pioneer Valley League, as once again a Bruin player was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. Junior center Lauren Juric was this year’s MVP.
“I think it’s really cool because in the four years we’ve been in the Pioneer Valley League we’ve had the MVP all four years,” Bear River coach Jeff Bickmore said. “First it was Megan Noud, then Chelsea Haverty, Julie Fry and now Lauren. And Lauren’s the first one to do it as a junior.”
Juric was second in the PVL in scoring with 14.8 points per game. She was also close to averaging a double-double with 8.4 rebounds per game, as well as bragging of 3.9 blocks per game. Juric’s play this season has attracted a handful of college scouts to many of Bear River’s games this season.
The co-PVL Champion Bruins, seeded No. 3, beat No. 14 Hilmar 45-27 Tuesday night and host No. 6 Loretto at 7 p.m. tonight in the second round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.
Forest Lake Christian
The Falcons placed an impressive number of players on the various Central Valley Christian all-league teams, six in all.
Senior sharpshooter Taylor Kilgore was the only player on the first-team, with senior post MacKenzie Deneen and sophomore post Kylie Miraldi both earning second-team honors.
Honorable mention recognition went to junior guard Jessie Clough, sophomore guard Katie Fletcher and sophomore post Tess Reed.
The No. 5 Falcons breezed through their first-round Division V Sac-Joaquin Section playoff game against No. 12 Stockton Christian, winning 71-24. Tonight, Forest Lake Christian must travel to No. 4 Turlock Christian.
To contact sports writer Stacy Hicklin, e-mail her via stacyh@the union.com or call 477-4244.
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