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Prewitt named Skyline's top player

The Phoenix Pirates suffered through a disappointing girls basketball season, but Sarah Prewitt wasn't the reason.

After opening the year with 11 straight losses, the defending Skyline Conference champions won eight of their final 13 games and made the league playoffs primarily because of Prewitt.

The 6-foot senior center averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots a game.

Even though the Pirates were eliminated in the first round of the league playoffs, the Skyline coaches still recognized Prewitt as conference player of the year.

Joining Prewitt on the league's first team were Rogue River inside duo of Sarah Jones and Shae Wright, Hidden Valley's Becky Hill and Melissa England of Illinois Valley. All five first-teamers are either centers or power forwards.

Dan Mortinson, who led Rogue River to its first state tournament appearance in 21 years, was selected coach of the year.

Sarah Prewitt impressed me as a player who gave it 100 percent every night, Mortinson said. She wasn't complemented this year.

Mortinson said Prewitt provided matchup problems for the Chieftains: You had to double team her as much as possible. She's very strong and is a go-getter. She's a blue collar type player.

Phoenix coach Kyle Walker acknowledged Prewitt was the focus of opposing defenses, but added that the hard-nosed center found different ways to be effective.

She was able to step out to the free throw line and hit shots there that allowed us to use her in different ways, said Walker. She's deceivingly strong and moves well on the court.

In his sixth season as head coach, Mortinson guided Rogue River to the conference championship, a 23-4 record and a sixth-place finish at the state tournament.

The fact that he's (Mortinson) been doing what he's been doing for quite a few years, this is a culmination of that hard work, said Walker.

Part of the reason for Mortinson's success was Jones and Wright. Jones averaged almost 16 points a game to go with seven rebounds and three steals, while Wright averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

They played splendidly together, said Mortinson. Shae's forte was blocking shots and Sarah's forte was posting up.

FIRST TEAM — Sarah Jones, Rogue River.......................sr. Shae Wright, Rogue River........................jr. Becky Hill, Hidden Valley..........................sr. Sarah Prewitt, Phoenix.............................sr. Melissa England, Illinois Valley................sr.

Player of the Year -- Sarah Prewitt, Phoenix

Coach of the Year -- Dan Mortinson, Rogue River

SECOND TEAM Mindi Yost, Rogue River............................jr. Tracy Tedsen, Hidden Valley....................sr. Quinnan Chappell, Henley.........................sr. Kellie Criss, Henley...................................sr. Liz Rennick, Phoenix.................................sr. Danielle Shirtcliff, South Umpqua ...........sr.

THIRD TEAM Cindy Redd, Hidden Valley...................... sr. Beth Furtado, Lakeview............................sr. Ricarda Bradbury, Lakeview ...................sr. Ashley Enoch, North Valley.......................jr. Kena Page, Illinois Valley.........................sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Michelle Anderson, Rogue River, jr.; Cory Orton, Rogue River, sr.; Amy Buschke, Hidden Valley, sr.; Jessica Johnston, Hidden Valley, sr.; Jill Johnson, Henley, sr.; Carrie Knox, Henley, so.; Tammy Payton, Phoenix, sr.; Tara Curtis, Phoenix, so.; Jacquie Kness, Lakeview, sr.; Julia Arnado, North Valley, jr.; Sarah Towns, North Valley, jr.; Acacia Empey, Illinois Valley, sr.; Rachelle Atkinson, South Umpqua, sr.; Keri Guthrie, South Umpqua, jr.