Reed had six players receive all-league nods, while Reno and Spanish Springs followed with five apiece.
There was no team in Nevada that stopped Raiders sophomore point guard Gabby Williams this season. So despite having two more seasons on the hardwood with the Blue and Gold, High Desert League coaches named Williams co-Player of the Year along with Reno senior CC Sobrio.
“As a sophomore, even her being nominated was awesome. Usually they just give Player of the Year to seniors,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “When everybody said Gabby deserved it, I was excited for her. I think she deserves co-Player of the Year. Hopefully her junior and senior years she gets Player of the Year without any co’s. She showed that at the end that she’s one of the best players in the area. I think her best game was the state championship game composure wise and pressure wise. She just looked smooth.”
Reed also had three players named to the first team all-league list. Seniors Nyasha LeSure and Sierra Hooft joined sophomore Tyler Sumpter on the first team.
“They’re the reasons we’ve hung two banners,” Schopper said. “I was glad Tyler got in there because I think Tyler is one of the best shooters there is around. She’s played through a stress fracture and gutted up for her team. I was excited to see all of them there, Sierra, Tyler, Nyasha and Gabby. The four of them are the reason we hung more banners. Those four girls coming together, everyone stepped up in different games.”
All five of Spanish Springs starters earned all-league recognition - none of whom will graduate. Junior forward Lyndsey Anderson led the way as the only first team selection for the Cougars. Anderson led the team in scoring (10.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg). She was also first in field-goal percentage, free throws made and attempted, blocks and was second in steals.
“Lyndsey is an honor to coach. She’s a hard worker. She gives her best effort everyday,” SSHS girls basketball coach Christine Eckles said. “She’s just a phenomenal athlete. She plays inside for us and half the time is undersized. She’s just never outworked. She’s willing to go up against anybody. She works very hard for all her points whether they’re off of offensive rebounds or getting steals. She’s just a very complete player for us.”
While Reed didn’t have any players voted to the second team, Spanish Springs had two — junior Riley Holladay and sophomore point guard Hannah Woytek.
Holladay averaged 9.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. She was first on the SSHS squad in assists, second in rebounds, field-goal percentage, 3-pointers and blocks, and third in scoring for the Cougars. Woytek scored 7.4 points and dished out three assists a contest.
Both local schools had two players named honorable mentions. Rounding out Reed’s all-leaguers were senior Makaela Moore and sophomore Brooke Cervantes. Spanish Springs got freshman MorningRose Tobey, who was the other Cougar who scored in double figures (10.3 ppg) and led the team in treys with 33, as an honorable mention along with junior Sam Owens, who poured in about seven points a night.
“This is a great group of kids, one through 12. Obviously our five starters all received some sort of award. It was deserved because they work hard,” Eckles said. “It should be an exciting year for them. I know they’re hungry to work to get into the postseason again next year. They’re the type of kids who will put in the work in the offseason to get better. It’s very exciting for them, the coaching staff and the school.”
Player of the Year wasn’t the only major award that was shared. Coaches for both local schools were voted co-Coach of the Year for the HDL.
“It’s nice to get an award from your peers because you coach against them all year. It’s nice when they recognize you’re doing a good job or that was a good game plan,” Schopper said.
Her Spanish Springs counterpart shared similar sentiments after leading the Cougars to their second 20-win season in school history. Spanish Springs went 12-4 in league action with its only losses coming to Reed and Reno, the two teams that met for the Northern 4A Regional and state championships.
“I was surprised, and it is an honor. It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers,” Eckles said. “I’m grateful to have the hard work we all put in recognized.”
In the 3A, Sparks received two all-league honors.
Junior leading scorer Krystal Parker was voted to the Mount Rose League’s second team, while her older sister Stephanie was an honorable mention.