Girls basketball: Kennedy's Carley wins share of state's top honor
A banner year for the Kennedy girls basketball program continues to produce following the results of the 2018 All-State award voting.
Sophomore post Sophia Carley was named 2A Co-Player of the Year after helping to guide the Trojans to the 2018 2A State Championship in March.
Carley split the award with Grant Union junior Kaylee Wright after both players finished with the most points received after the all-state votes were tallied.
She was one of four athletes from the Tri-River Conference to finish the season with all-state honors. She was joined by junior teammate Kalyssa Kleinschmit, who garnered Second Team consideration, as well as St. Paul sophomores Erin Counts and Isabelle Wyss, who were named to the Second and Third teams, respectively.
Carley's recognition comes on the tails of the best season in program history after the Trojans went 29-1 and won their second state championship in the past three seasons.
The sophomore wasn't on the team that won the 2016 title, but proved instrumental in helping to bring another championship trophy back to Mount Angel this year by being one of the most productive low-post players in the state at the 2A level.
Despite playing limited minutes in a rotation where head coaches Kerry and Peter Hall took advantage of the Trojans depth, Carley managed to put up impressive numbers throughout the season.
The 6-foot post dominated opposing teams in the paint, averaging 12.5 points, 13 rebounds and 4.5 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals a game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line.
On occasions when she would drift out to the 3-point line, Carley knocked down her shots from outside at an impressive 60 percent clip.
Carley's teammate, Kleinschmit, was one of a number of athletic wings that the Trojans threw against teams on a nightly basis during the winter season.
Kleinschmit gave Kennedy a versatile defender on the perimeter who could drive and dish from the 3-point line or be an effective interior player around the basket with Carley. The junior averaged 10.6 points, 8.6 rebounds 1.3 assists and 2.4 steals a game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.
Their league counterparts in St. Paul gave the Tri-River Conference the best one-two punch in the state after the Buckaroos went 24-6 overall and finished third in the state tournament.
Making the full transition from post to guard this season, Counts led the Buckaroos to a second-place finish behind the Trojans in the league standings, leading St. Paul in , assists (117), blocks (21) and 3-pointers (12) and finishing second in steals (83), while averaging 13.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.9 steals a game.
Counts' move to the perimeter allowed Wyss to thrive in the post despite being relatively undersized at 5-foot-7 inches.
Wyss averaged 13.5 points on 50 percent shooting, a team-high in both categories, while pulling down 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 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 182 free throws attempts — a little more than six per game.
2018 2A Girls Basketball All-State Awards
Sophia Carley, So. — Kennedy — Co-Player of the Year
Kaylee Wright, Jr. — Grant Union — Co-Player of the Year
Madison Ballard, Sr. — Monroe
Rachel Parks, Sr. — Lost River
Peyton Green, Sr. — Monroe
Erin Counts, So. — St. Paul
Hadley Brooksby, Jr. — Oakland
Kalyssa Kleinschmit, Jr. — Kennedy
Maddie Lambert, Sr. — Neah-Kah-Nie
Irma Retano, Jr. — Culver
Kaycie Otis, So. — Toledo
Riley Gray, Sr. — Enterprise
Isabelle Wyss, So. — St. Paul
Chelsea Quaempts, Sr. — Weston-McEwen
Katie Fajer, Sr. — Faith Bible
Sarah Fajer, Sr. — Faith Bible
Kayla Deist, Sr. — Pilot Rock
Paris Newdall, Sr. — Gold Beach
Halie Wright, Jr. — Grant Untion
Sydney Wilson, Fr. — Heppner
Annika Hess, Jr. — Western Mennonite
Jacee Currin, Jr. — Heppner
Adrianna Perez, Sr. — Toledo
Caysie McGinness, Jr. — Imbler
Reese CHristman, Sr. — Enterprise
Katie Good, Sr. — Union