Isabel Concha-Foley earns first-team all-league selection
Although not one of the South Shore high school basketball teams posted a winning season, a number of players received individual honors from a vote of league coaches.
Three players from Whittell High’s girls’ basketball team, which advanced to the regional semifinals, were given Northern 2A League recognition.
Junior Isabel Concha-Foley was selected to the first team after breaking the Whittell school season record with 284 rebounds. She also equalled a school mark with 25 rebounds in one game.
“She blocks out really well and is just relentless,” said Whittell coach Tom Esposito.
Concha Foley averaged 12.5 rebounds and 11.5 points per game for the Warriors, who finished 11-15 and advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2006.
Whittell senior Tierney McKool was a key part of the team’s postseason run. She averaged 7.9 points and seven rebounds per game.
“She got us out of a lot of pressure, and she was tough on the boards,” Esposito said.
Two Whittell basketball players received honorable mention. Gabriella Tracy, a junior, led the WHS girls with 76 assists and 54 steals. Robben Charles, a transfer from South Tahoe, was recognized for his overall play during his senior season with the Whittell boys.
South Tahoe junior Alexis Holmes was the only Viking to make the Sierra Division’s first or second teams.
Holmes, despite missing several games because of a broken nose, was one of the Sierra Division’s top scorers, averaging 14 points per game. The second-team selection also averaged six rebounds and three assists per game.
“She could score it in a multitude of ways. She was our best post-scoring threat, but if we needed it, she could take over the point for Cassandra (Diaz),” said STHS coach Chris Holmes. “She had a really complete year.”
South Tahoe’s basketball programs had two players receive honorable mention. Senior Chris Klug was recognized for the STHS boys’ team. He averaged 11 points and 2.3 steals per game. For the Vikings’ girls, senior Jessica Hallard was honored. She delivered 11 points and four rebounds per game. In a game against Damonte Ranch, Hallard knocked down five three-point shots.
Northern 4A coaches decided to reward the top teams with a specific number of selections. First-and second-place teams were granted two first-teamers and a second-teamer, while third- and fourth-place squads were accorded a first-teamer and a second-teamer. The remaining positions were based on the usual selection process of player nominations and votes.
Note: The Sierra Nevada Media Group recognized area basketball players and wrestlers earlier this month.