The Bee's Winter All-Stars: Girls Basketball Outstanding Defensive Player

The Fresno BeeApril 11, 2014 

OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: PORTIA NEALE

School: Clovis West

Grade/position: Senior/guard

Fast break: Four-year varsity player and repeat Bee Outstanding Defensive Player, she set defensive standard on a 27-4 team that gave up an average of 39.4 points per game while capturing Tri-River Athletic Conference and Central Section Division I titles. In a 45-30 win over Hanford for D-I crown at Selland Arena, the Eagles held the perennial power to 11 first-half points and 20.4% shooting for the game. Neale also made 34 3-pointers for the season while averaging 12.2 points. Next: Cal State Fullerton.

He said it: "Portia went from an athlete as a freshman to a defender as a sophomore to one of the top on-ball defenders in the state her junior and senior seasons. She combined tremendous athletic ability with defensive techniques and a mental toughness that created nightmares for the other team's top ball handler. Portia invested herself every defensive possession, which is not common in today's game. We have played a lot of elite, Division I caliber guards the last two years and there wasn't one we came across that Portia couldn't defend." -- Eagles coach Craig Campbell.

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