Eight Hillsboro-area girls are honored by Pacific Conference

The Pacific Conference announced its girls basketball all-league team last week, and with a combined eight selections, Hillsboro-area schools were well represented.

Hillsboro led the way for local programs with three picks in all, including two on the first team. Glencoe landed three players on the squad, including a first-teamer, while two Century girls also earned recognition.

For Hillsboro, Tarea Green and Lauren Lykins were both first team selections. Green, a 6-foot-4 junior post, was the lone non-senior named to the seven-player first team, while Lykins, a 5-8 guard, earned a repeat selection on the league’s top shelf.

The duo helped the Spartans race to a 10-0 start this season before finishing 19-8 overall and 7-7 in league play, tying Forest Grove for fourth place. Hilhi picked up its first state playoff victory since 2009 last week before falling 49-40 to St. Mary’s Academy in the round of 16.

The versatile Green started all 25 games for the Spartans this season, averaging a team-high 18.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. She also shot 47.2 percent from field-goal range and averaged 1.9 blocks per contest.

Lykins, a three-sport standout, averaged 8.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game in her final high school season while providing some of the best ball-handling in the league.

Makenna Gambee, a 6-1 freshman guard, showed loads of potential in her first season. She played in all 25 games this winter and started 23 of them, posting averages of 4.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Along with Forest Grove guard McKenzie Long, Gambee was one of just two freshmen picked for the all-league squad.

For Glencoe, after picking up second team all-league honors a season ago, senior Courtney Clayton made an appearance on the first team this season after helping the Crimson Tide to a runner-up finish. The 5-7 guard and the squad’s lone senior averaged 5.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, and she led Glencoe with 23 3-pointers.

Teammates Kayla Hyppolite and Lillie Hamel were both named honorable mention selections. Hyppolite, a 5-9 sophomore guard, led the Tide in scoring at 9.6 points per game, and she also averaged 2.0 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.8 assists. A 5-9 junior post, Hamel posted averages of 5.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per outing.

Former Tide coach Dylan Hettrich, who led his squad to 15-10 overall and 10-4 Pacific Conference marks, was named league co-coach of the year, along with Tigard coach Steve Naylor, but was released from his position following Glencoe’s first-round playoff loss last week.

For Century (13-12, 4-10), Chantal Castaneda earned a nod at second team, while Chandler Montgomery was a repeat choice on the honorable mention list. The pair helped the Jaguars start the season with a 9-1 record and finish sixth in the league.

Casteneda, a 5-6 sophomore guard, averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. A 6-1 post/wing, Montgomery posted averages of 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest in her senior season.

Tigard senior guard Lexi Carter was named the conference’s most valuable player, while teammate Emilee Cincotta and Forest Grove post Kaitlin Jamieson shared the defensive player of the year award.

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