Outstanding Offensive Player
•She’s qualified because:
Playing beyond her years on a team with three fellow sophomores, two juniors and two freshmen, and in a program that had delivered recent Bee Players of the Year Brooke Johnson, Bayli McClard and Madison Parrish, Sumilong averaged 20.6 points for a 21-7 team. The Bullpups beat Liberty-Bakersfield 54-36 in the first round of the Central Section Division I playoffs behind her 38 points — tied for the fourth-best single-game performance in school history, according to section historian Bob Barnett. Her buzzer-beating, off-balance, 28-foot 3-pointer to beat Redwood 49-47 on Jan. 27 and, ultimately, allow the Bullpups to share no less than a 10th-straight West Yosemite League title was arguably the section shot of the year. She figures to make a run at Hanford’s career scoring record of 2,163 set by the late Shawntinice Polk (1998-2001).
•He said it
: “Janelle’s offensive game has expanded from a girl who could make a layup to a comprehensive threat on the floor. She has worked diligently to utilize the mid-range game to score anywhere inside 25 feet, which, if you watch Central Valley basketball, is quite rare. As our point guard, she didn’t have the luxury of open lanes or layup opportunities as she invariably drew the opposition’s toughest defenders; thus she had to create her own looks and shots, many of which were expected by the defense. And she still scored. Janelle follows a long line of terrific Hanford scorers, and she just might outscore them all. Don’t bet against it.” — Hanford coach Doug Pitkin.
Outstanding Defensive Player
•She’s qualified because:
She was the master link to a Clovis West defense that gave up an average of only 39.5 points a game in a 26-5 season featuring Tri-River Athletic Conference and Central Section Division I championships and a final No. 18 state ranking by Cal-Hi Sports. At 5 foot 9, she averaged 3.8 steals a game, flourished on the Golden Eagles’ signature press and was unrestricted in defensive roles, from guarding point guards to 6-foot posts.
•He said it
: “Ashley’s greatest stats weren’t in what she recorded, but what she didn’t allow to be recorded. The steal is usually recorded by the player off the ball that makes the steal. However, the overlooked part is the suffocating defensive pressure that creates the ball handler to force the pass into a congested area. While Ashley was one of the best in the valley in steals, she had the ability to overwhelm ball handlers with her speed, length and tenacity. Her tremendous versatility to guard any position in our man defense, to play any position on our press, and to be able to dominate the defensive glass at 5-9 made her the most complete defensive player in the Valley.” — Clovis West coach Craig Campbell.
Coach of the Year
•He’s qualified because:
Lost all starters from a year ago — four to graduation, the other to injury — started four sophomores, won by an average of 28.7 points and captured a third-straight Central Section Division I title and sixth in 10 years with the Golden Eagles. They defeated co-West Yosemite League champion Hanford 67-21, Southwest Yosemite League runner-up Centennial 85-61 and co-County/Metro Athletic Conference champion Edison 48-36 in the D-I playoffs before conquering the state’s then-No. 6 Alemany-Mission Hills 53-50 in the first round of the Southern California D-I Regional. Campbell is 233-67 (.777) and 10 for 10 in Tri-River Athletic Conference championships at Clovis West and 597-192 (.757) in a career that began with 11 seasons at Reno High.
•He said it
: “Our mantra this year was ‘Tradition Never Graduates.’ Some asked if we were putting pressure on a young team by having that as our slogan, but our kids never felt that way. For them, it was about an expectation. We challenged them all year with the question, ‘What will your legacy be?’ Our staff has worked tirelessly to build an infrastructure for lasting success. We mold our kids to embrace that expectation and not cower to it. I have great assistant coaches, outstanding student athletes, and tremendous parental support that have allowed us to build this to where it is. We won’t be No. 1 every year, but we always expect to be in the hunt.” — Campbell.
•He also said it
: “Craig has set the coaching standard for girls basketball in the Valley. If you want to be the best, he’s the one you try to emulate.” — Fresno High coach Dan Avila.
The Jive 25
• Tess Amundsen, sophomore, Clovis North
• Megan Anderson, sophomore, Clovis West
• Sarah Bates, sophomore, Clovis West
• Rachel Berry, sophomore, Clovis
• Michelle Brown, senior, Hoover
• Rebekah Cervantes, senior, Redwood
• Julia Cuellar, senior, Bullard
• Briana Davila, senior, Caruthers
• Kambrayla Elzy, frosh, Mission Oak
• Bria Fernandes, senior, Madera
• Lilly Hernandez, senior, Caruthers
• Madison Kast, junior, Redwood
• Julia LoCastro, senior, Bullard
• Danae Marquez, sophomore, Clovis West
• Landynn Munster, senior, Clovis West
• Zoe March, junior, Immanuel
• Whitney Naylor, senior, Sierra
• Tristen Myers, junior, Mission Oak
• Jasmine Phoolka, senior, Clovis
• Cassidy Rodriguez, junior, Orosi
• Bre’yanna Sanders, sophomore, Clovis West
• Mia Shannon, senior, Edison
• Megan Stark, senior, Sierra
• Brianna Tucker, senior, Clovis North
• Rodjanae Wade, junior, Edison