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Sophomore Aria Kent earns Second Team honors; senior Taiya Kent nabs Honorable Mention

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn sophomore Aria Kent was selected to the Oregon West Second Team after leading the Bulldogs in scoring, assists and steals against league opponents.The backcourt duo of Aria and Taiya Kent terrorized opposing teams in the Oregon West Conference up and down the court over the course of the 2019-20 basketball season, so it's no surprise that the Woodburn sisters each earned a place on the girls all-conference team following the conclusion of the regular season.

In her second year in the starting lineup, sophomore guard Aria Kent led the Bulldog offense that was the third-best in the Oregon West, helping Woodburn finish fourth overall in the league standings with a 5-7 record — the program's best finish in a generation.

Aria was named to the All-Conference Second Team, averaging a team-high 12.5 points per game in 12 contests against the Oregon West. She also led the Bulldogs in assists (4.6/game) and steals (2.4/game), while averaging 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and connecting on 19 3-pointers in league play.

Aria's highest scoring game came in the Bulldogs' league opener against Sweet Home, where she connected on five 3-pointers and tallied 23 points to lead Woodburn to a 49-36 win over the Huskies. Her top league game came in a 60-57 loss to Newport on Jan. 24, where she tallied 18 points, 8 assists, 8 steals, 4 rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer.

While the sophomore could pour in the points, she also was a strong distributor down the stretch, recording seven or more assists in three of the team's final five league games.

Not far behind in the stat sheet was her older sister, Taiya, a senior guard who returned to the Bulldog starting lineup following a nearly two-year absence.

Taiya was selected as an honorable mention, averaging 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.1 steals and 0.4 blocks in 11 league games this season. Taiya twice matched Aria with 23-point games, pulling off the feat against Cascade on Jan. 28 and a week later against Sweet Home on Feb. 4. Despite being one of the smallest players on the court at any given time, Taiya led the Bulldogs in rebounds, pulling down 10 or more boards on four occassions, including a season-high 15 rebounds against Newport on Feb. 18. The senior tallied three double-doubles in the season.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Woodburn senior Taiya Kent was selected to the Honorable Mention team. Kent led the Bulldogs in rebounds, recording three double-doubles in the season, including a season-high 15 boards against Newport on Feb. 18.

Oregon West Conference Girls Basketball 2019-20 All-Conference Awards

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Sage Kramer, 10, Philomath

COACH OF THE YEAR

Ben Silva, Philomath

FIRST TEAM

Sage Kramer, 10, Philomath

Emma Pankalla, 12, Philomath

Mia Rust, 11, Philomath

Karlee Tyler, 10, Stayton

K.J. Nyquist, 12, Stayton

Kenna Coleman, 10, Cascade

SECOND TEAM

Aria Kent, 10, Woodburn

Camryn Boyles, 12, Cascade

Abbigail Cordero, 12, Cascade

Stella Barber, 10, Newport

Payden Petterson, 10, Sisters

HONORABLE MENTION

Taiya Kent, 12, Woodburn

Adaira Burger, 10, Sweet Home

Brooke Burke, 9, Sweet Home

Becky Belcher, 11, Sweet Home

Avonly Wolf, 9, Newport

Ariel Tobiasson, 10, Cascade

Miley Mitchell, 10, Stayton

Braedyn McNeely, 11, Philomath


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