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Alcantar Orange Belt Player of the Year
Orange Belt girls basketball team named
Jenae Alcantar simply had this to say about the season and really the last few years for her and the Monache girls basketball team was this: “It was amazing.”
Alcantar and Monache completed one historic run this season which included three straight pefect East Yosemite League seasons in winning the EYL title; two straight Valley Division II titles; and the first state playoff win in school history this past season.
And for Alcantar, she completed her career with 1,637 points and as the two-time Orange Belt Player of the Year. Alcantar won the award last year and again was selected to receive the honor this season.
This past season, Alcantar averaged 17.6 points, 2.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 3.4 steals a game in being named to the all-East Yosemite League first team.
“We accomplished so much,” Alcantar said. “We accomplished all of our goals. You couldn’t ask for anything better.”
About winning the first state playoff game in history, Alcantar said, “I still can’t get over that. I’m still liked shocked. We worked so hard to get where we are. Everyone’s just set goals. This is what everyone wanted.”
Continuing to talk about her teammates, Alcantar said none of her accomplishments would have been possible without them. “I wouldn’t have done it at all with my teammates,” she said.
And about scoring 1,637 points and if she could imagine scoring that many, Alcantar said, “No, not at all. I can’t believe I’m in the thousands.”
Alcantar also credited coach Herb Abiog, who replaced the coach who led Monache to last year’s Valley title, Rudy Montanez, for leading this year’s team to a second straight Valley crown. “He definitely filled Rudy’s shoes,” Alcantar said.
Alcantar said she plans to play at Fresno City College and hopes to continue to play at a four-year school. And obviously, Alcantar is content with how her career went at Monache, considering everything she and the team achieved. “No regrets,” she said.
Here’s the rest of the all-Orange Belt Girls Basketball Team:
Dominique Pilkinton, Monache — A repeat selection to the team, Pilkinton averaged 12.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 steals in being named to the all-EYL first team.
Ale Tobie, Monache — Another all-EYL first team choice, Tobie almost averaged a double double for the season, averaging 9.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.4 assists a game.
Emily Hardin, Monache — An oustanding all-around player named to the all-EYL second team, Hardin averaged 9.0 points, 3.3 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals a game.
Savannah Ertl, Porterville — Ertl led PHS in scoring and was named to the all-EYL second team.
Christina Castro, Lindsay — Another repeat selection from last year, the super sophomore averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 5.4 steals in being named to the all-East Sequoia League first team and leading the Cardinals to a Division IV Valley runner-up finish.
Gabby Baca, Strathmore — Baca averaged 8.8 points, 1.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals a game in being named to the all-ESL first team.
Yo Sasarith, Granite Hills — Sasarith averaged 12.5 points a game in being named to the all-EYL first team.