Erin Counts named to second team, Isabelle Wyss to third after leading breakthrough season for SPHS hoops

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - St. Paul sophomore Erin Counts was named Second Team All-State by 2A coaches after leading the Buckaroos to a third-place finish at the state tournament. Teammate Isabelle Wyss was named to the third team.

A banner year for the St. Paul girls basketball program continues to produce following the results of the 2018 All-State award voting.

Do-everything sophomore Erin Counts was named to the second team and post Isabelle Wyss as a third-team honoree after leading the Bucks to a third-place finish at the 2A state tournament.

The pair were among four Tri-River Conference players honored by the state's coaches, as sophomore post Sophia Carley of state champion Kennedy was named 2A co-player of the year and Trojan teammate Kalyssa earned second-team accolades.

Although the Tri-River, which has sent three teams to the state tournament in Pendleton prior to this season, was not quite as strong, Kennedy and St. Paul still gave the league the best one-two punch in the state.

Making the full transition from post to guard this season, Counts led the Bucks to a second-place finish behind the Trojans in the league standings, leading St. Paul in steals (78), assists (107), blocks (18) and three-pointers (11) while averaging 13.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.1 steals a game.

"She's so multi-dimensional as a player," SPHS coach Dave Matlock said. "It's not just about scoring. She gets a lot of rebounds. She led us in assists this year by a mile. She sets everybody else up and she makes everybody better around her, so sometimes statistically it doesn't look as impressive as maybe it could."

Counts' move to the perimeter allowed Wyss to thrive in the post despite being relatively undersized at 5-foot-7 inches.

Wyss averaged 13.8 points on 53 percent shooting, a team-high in both categories, while pulling down 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.4 assists a game.

Her ability to outwork opponents in the post led to a number of second-chance scoring opportunities and trips to the foul line, where she led the team with 139 free throws attempts — a little more than five per game.

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