With the 2019-2020 Washington high school girls basketball season wrapped up, it’s time to hand out some awards.
To start, here are Scorebook Live’s postseason girls basketball all-state teams, spanning all classifications. In addition to first and second team all-state, we also have awards for player of the year, coach of the year, freshman of the year, breakout player and most improved player.
The awards were compiled by SB Live senior reporter Todd Milles and former Central Valley girls basketball coach Freddie Rehkow.
STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hailey Van Lith, senior, Cashmere
The sensational 5-foot-9 point guard did everything but win a Class 1A title, leading the Bulldogs to three state runner-up finishes in her career. The Louisville signee delivered jaw-dropping performances in front of packed houses all year, and leaves as the all-time leading scorer in Washington history (2,994 points).
STATE COACH OF THE YEAR
Felice Orrell, Central Valley
After Ryan Bragdon was abruptly dismissed right before the season, Orrell – a 2002 Central Valley graduate who played at Eastern Washington – took the reins and not only led the Bears to the top 4A Greater Spokane League finish, but also a district title – and a Class 4A state championship with a win over previously-undefeated Woodinville in the finals.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Malia Samuels, Eastside Catholic
What a turnaround this silky-smooth point guard led for the Crusaders, who won the Metro League title and vaulted to the No. 1 ranking heading into the state championships. Her ability to change pace and direction on a dime is a skill not often seen with high school newcomers – but again this is no ordinary ninth grader.
Maya Erling, junior, Glacier Peak
Imagine emerging from being the team’s fourth option to arguably its best all-around player? That is what Erling did as a junior for the Grizzlies, who won the 4A Wesco championship. When Glacier Peak needed a bucket, Erling went straight into “baller” mode – and could get one at any spot on the floor.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Veronica Sheffey, sophomore, Woodinville
Last season, she was part of a point-guard triumvirate. This season, she took the job and ran with it – and was the Falcons’ undisputed floor leader (13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists per game) who was capable of dominating as a scorer and defender in stretches. Big-time future ahead.
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE
C Keeli Burton-Oliver, senior, Eastlake
This Arizona State signee (20.2 points, 14.4 rebounds) proved again to be difficult to defend – near the basket and at the 3-point line.
F Dalayah Daniels, senior, Garfield
The McDonald’s All-American and California signee was hobbled much of regular season, but as she got healthy, so did 4A champion Bulldogs.
F Mia Hughes, junior, Woodinville
The high-motor 4A KingCo MVP (22.2 points, 8.4 rebounds) was an unstoppable force in the state championships – 28.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg.
G Jayda Noble, senior, Mount Spokane
As a consummate team player, Noble did everything well – on both ends. The Greater Spokane League player of the year is headed to Washington.
G Talia Von Oelhoffen, junior, Chiawana
The Mid-Columbia Conference player of the year (26.2 ppg) has posted a 40-point game every season. She’s a top-10 recruit nationally for the class of 2021.
SECOND TEAM ALL-STATE
G Aaliyah Alexander, senior, Beamer
Two-time NPSL Olympic MVP (18.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg) so explosive on both ends.
G Maisie Burnham, senior, Liberty of Spangle
The consensus 2B player of the year (23.9 ppg, 9.7 rpg) headed to EWU.
G Aaliyah Collins, junior, Glacier Peak
Not much of a shooter, but 4A Wesco first-teamer is transition nightmare.
G Riley Dykstra, senior, Lynden Christian
Northwest 1A MVP was two-way catalyst for 1A champions; WWU signee.
G Meghan Fiso, senior, Garfield
Once Michigan signee found her groove, she took off; 3A tournament MVP.