GIRLS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DARIAN WHITE, MOUNTAIN VIEW
Why she is player of the year: The Mavericks fed off the 5-foot-6 senior point guard’s athleticism, IQ and killer instinct on their way to a 25-1 record and a second-place finish at state. White averaged 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.5 assists per game.
Coach’s comment: “Darian is a quick and explosive player who is tough to stop. … Her quickness and anticipation make her a great defender,” Mountain View coach Connie Skogrand said.
What others are saying: “She could lock down your best player or go off for 20-plus (points), if needed. … Her floater in the paint was virtually unguardable because of her quickness and jumping ability,” Meridian coach Matthew Creech said.
What’s next: She has signed to play for Montana State.
MEGHAN BOYD, EAGLE
The deadeye shooter set a 5A state tournament record with 12 made 3-pointers to lead Eagle to its first state title. The Denver signee and 5-11 point guard did it all, averaging 16.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals.
NAYA OJUKWU, MOUNTAIN VIEW
Opponents quickly learned to fear the 6-0 freshman center patrolling the Mavericks’ paint. Her length and athleticism made her unstoppable one-on-one, and she finished the year averaging 14.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
AVA RANSON, TIMBERLINE
The Wolves snapped a 13-year state tournament drought in part thanks to the 5-10 junior guard. The Montana State commit could take over games in transition, off the dribble or behind the arc, averaging 18.0 points and 3.5 assists a night.
NYALAM THABACH, BORAH
The 6-4 senior forward and UC Santa Barbara signee put the Lions on her back night in and night out. She finished the year averaging a double-double of 19.2 points and 12.7 rebounds while adding 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks.
COACH OF THE YEAR: CODY PICKETT, EAGLE
After taking second the past two years, Pickett and Eagle broke through for their first title.
13.7 ppg, 6.8 reb, 2.2 stl
12.9 ppg, 8.2 reb, 1.8 blk
17.5 ppg, 3.9 stl, 3.7 ast
11.2 ppg, 2.5 stl, 1.9 ast
9.2 ppg, 8.7 reb, 3.3 stl