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Challengers' O'Brien, Brown land 2A girls all-state honors

From staff reports

The Cascade Christian girls basketball team had two players earn third-team honors on the Class 2A all-state list.

Seniors Sarah Brown and Katie O'Brien were both selected to the third team after leading the Challengers to a share of the Southern Cascade League crown and a berth to the state tournament in Pendleton.

Knappa's Nadra Evans was named player of the year, while Myrtle Point's Marty Stallard was tabbed coach of the year.

Brown and O'Brien, who were also first-team all-SCL picks, helped Cascade Christian to a 24-6 record and a sixth-place finish at the state tournament.

It was well-deserved for both girls, said Cascade Christian coach Loren King. Both girls are so versatile. They were tough on defense and on offense.

— O'Brien, coming off a torn ACL that cut short her junior campaign, capped an outstanding senior season, where she averaged 12 points, three assists, five steals and five rebounds per game, with an equally impressive run in the state tournament.

The three-year varsity starter earned second-team all-tournament accolades after shooting 7-of-16 from 3-point range and averaging a team-best 12.7 per contest, including a high of 18 points in a victory over Kennedy.

Brown, a four-sport athlete who also started the last three seasons in basketball, posted nine points, five assists, five steals and four boards during the season. She poured in 13 points in a first-round defeat to Knappa and averaged 8.3 points, three assists and a tournament-high 30 minutes over her three final contests.

Sarah was an iron woman, said King. She and Katie will be very hard to replace.

FIRST TEAM

Nadra Evans, Knappa, Sr.; Jenny Booth, Central Linn, Jr.; Brittany Wooley, Willamina, Sr.; Erin Funkhouser, Sherman, Sr.; Ashley Duey, Myrtle Point, Sr.; Crislyn Chewning, Willamina, Sr.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR ' Nadra Evans, Knappa.

COACH OF THE YEAR ' Marty Stallard, Myrtle Point.

SECOND TEAM

Jaclyn Espinoza, Regis, Sr.; Elisa Mooney, Vale, Sr.; Tiffany Rich, Chiloquin, Jr.; Devyn Christensen, Union, Fr.; Kimmy Hill, Portland Christian, So.

THIRD TEAM

Lacey Looney, Myrtle Point, Jr.; Katie O'Brien, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Ellie VanderStoel, Kennedy, Sr.; Sarah Brown, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Susanna Bonifer, Weston McEwen, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION ' Cheryl Burris, Portland Lutheran, Jr.; Chelsea Ramos, Nyssa, Jr.; Katherine Hellesto, Santiam Christian, Sr.; Brooke Toy, North Douglas, Jr.; Kayci Sharp, Sherman, Sr.; Courtney McGinness, Gold Beach, Sr.; Gretchen Owens, Glendale, So.; Richan Modderman, Central Linn, So.