GIRLS FIRST TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: CHEVELLE SHEPHERD, SALMON RIVER
Why she is player of the year: The four-year team captain has made the All-Idaho first or second team every year. She moved up to player of the year after racking up 19.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.2 steals per game to lead Salmon River to a second-place trophy.
Coach’s comment: “Chevelle is a well-rounded player that understands the game and finds ways to exploit her opponents’ weaknesses,” Salmon River coach Paula Tucker said.
What others are saying: “Honestly, I would bring the popcorn just to watch her. She would be the player of the year in my book at a couple different levels,” Hagerman coach Derrick Lyons said.
What’s next: Shepherd has committed to play basketball and volleyball at the College of Idaho.
KYLIE WOOD, CAREY
The 5-foot-5 sophomore point guard led the Panthers to their first state championship with 16.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game. And she did it all at less than 100 percent while nursing two injured knees.
HARLEY JACKSON, SHO-BAN
Jackson put her name in the state tournament record books. The 5-2 junior guard, who averaged 23.4 points per game, set a 1A Division II record with 40 points in a game. She also set all-class records for 3s in a game (10) and a tournament (17).
BELLA MUREKATETE, GENESIS PREP
Born in Rwanda and signed with Washington State, the 6-4 senior center wrapped up her career on the first team for the third time. No team in the state could match up with her as she racked up 22.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.2 blocks a game.
MADALYN PERMANN, ROCKLAND
Defenses sell out to stop the 5-6 junior guard. But they’ve yet to find a solution for Permann, a three-year starter who already has 1,163 career points. She racked up 18.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 4.4 steals as a true two-way threat.
COACH OF THE YEAR: MERILEE SEARS, CAREY
A power in several sports, he led the Panthers (22-1) to their first girls basketball title.
18.9 ppg, 6.2 reb, 2.3 stl
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8.3 ppg, 5.2 reb, 2.3 ast
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