Koskin, McKool chosen to all-league teams
For a team that wound up finishing fifth in the final Northern 2A League standings, the Whittell High girls’ basketball team can’t complain about their individual postseason honors.
Senior Kendra Koskin was selected to the first team by the league’s coaches, while junior Tierney McKool was chosen to the second team.
Senior Brittney Makara and sophomore Isabel Concha-Foley were given honorable mention.
Koskin was a consistent force on the boards, averaging 10.35 rebounds per game. She also averaged 8.05 points, 1.5 blocks and two steals per game. But she was much more than a stat-sheet stuffer for the Warriors.
“She made things happen and everything filtered through her,” said Whittell coach Nathan Tolbert.
Koskin was like a high post point guard for the Warriors, running the team’s offense after she received the ball at the top of the key. Once a guard got her the ball, Koskin had the versatility to pass, drive or hit the foul-line jump shot to trigger Whittell’s offense.
“If she touched ball (regularly) we were able to have good game. If she didn’t, we didn’t play very well,” Tolbert said.
Koskin’s importance to the Warriors was never more important than her final game. She fouled out just before the end of the third quarter with Whittell leading Hawthorne 34-31. Whittell didn’t score again as the Serpents won the Northern 2A regional play-in game 45-34.
Tolbert said Koskin knew how to defend Northern 2A co-player of the year MacKenzie Hodges of Lovelock. In their two meetings in 2008, Hodges scored a combined 10 points, according to Tolbert.
McKool delivered in a lot of departments for Whittell as well. She finished with averages of 7.75 points, 6 rebounds, 1.83 blocks, 1.4 assists and 4.14 steals per game. She earned those stats with an intangible quality.
“We kidded her that she was like our Warrior on the wall. She plays so hard and gives you everything she has,” Tolbert said. “When games were over, she was spent.”
McKool and Concha-Foley will be the team’s top returners. Concha-Foley, who led the Warriors with 13 points in the playoff loss, averaged a team-best 9.33 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest. She also delivered 2.29 steals and 1.71 blocks per game.
“Isabel could be the most dominant post player in the league next year,” Tolbert said. “She’s strong, she can jump and box out. She has to get to the point where she just does it.”
Makara, one of three seniors on the team, contributed 3.9 points, 3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.75 steals per game.
“Brittney set the tone. If she had a good game, we had a good game (and vice versa),” Tolbert said. “She didn’t have to say anything, she was.”
Meanwhile, the Whittell boys’ basketball team, which finished in last place, didn’t generate any postseason awards.
“I don’t know if they owe me a couple or not,” said Whittell coach Brian Mehrer. “You take a look at the top four teams this year and the starting five of the top four teams and that is 20 kids right there. I don’t like to compare kids, but those top 20 kids deserve to be where they are.”
Mehrer had lobbied his colleagues to vote for Warrior senior Jeremy Dominguez, and sophomore Cody Nelson came close to getting honorable mention. Whittell’s best shot at making the first or second team was senior Christian Hernandez. But Hernandez only played in half of Whittell’s games.
“An all-league player is going to do what it takes to play,” Mehrer said. “If he would have been there the whole season, he easily would have been on the second team.”
Northern 2A All-League Girls’ Selections
Most Valuable Player:
Player School Grade
Jordon Waugh Battle Mountain 10
MacKenzie Hodges Pershing County 12
Coach of the year:
Mike Fitzgerald Hawthorne
Kendra Koskin Whittell 12
Kelly Hester North Tahoe 11
Kalee Dorman Battle Mountain 12
Courtney Baker Mineral County 12
Heather Gibson Pershing County 12
Sydney Courcier North Tahoe 11
Amber Piper Silver Stage 10
Kayla Brinkerhoff Pershing County 11
Tierney McKool Whittell 11
Alyssa Tremain Battle Mountain 12
Brit Johnson North Tahoe 11
Alysia Villareal Mineral County 12
Shayla Westwick Pershing County 11
Isabel Concha-Foley Whittell 10
Brittney Makara Whittell 12
Amanda Maraluch Battle Mountain 11
Kacie Conn North Tahoe 12
Michelle Montez Pershing County 10
Mariah Gramolini Silver Stage 10
Megan McConnell Mineral County 12
Josi Ragland Battle Mountain 12
Sarah Brinkerhoff Pershing County 9
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