Zook named MVP in hoops; Lewis receives other awards

Mahria Zook was named the girls basketball team’s most valuable player, and Teresa Lewis was awarded the remaining team awards.

The team awards dessert was held last week.

“I’d hoped to say we’d mad some progress this year,” Coach Mark Tyler said. “I think we did early on.”

Sweet Home beat Pleasant Hill in pre-league games, Coach Tyler said. That’s not an easy team to beat, especially on Pleasant Hill’s floor.

That game was probably the team’s best game all year, Coach Tyler said, and the Huskies never really got back to that level although there were moments when the team got close later in the season.

Hosting Molalla, had the Huskies not spotted their opponent a bunch of points in the second quarter, they would have won easily. That game had the best shooting percentage for the girls all year.

The Huskies ended with a 1-13 league record.

They had personal problems early in the year, but the girls recognized them and dealt with them themselves, Coach Tyler said. The team made progress on the floor, doing more things than it has in the past, running the ball more and taking more outside shots.

The junior varsity accumulated a winning record overall and in league play.

“They did an outstanding job this year,” Coach Craig Wilson said. “And I thoroughly enjoyed myself coming to practice.”

Earning their first letters in basketball this year were sophomores Rachel Gaskey and Mallory Carlson; freshmen, Ashley Wall, Lei Himan and Chelsea Hackworth; and senior Nicole Burnside.

Second-year lettermen were Crystal Allen and Katie Reynolds.

Third-year lettermen were junior Teresa Lewis and seniors Kaci Trask and Amanda Burcham.

Senior Mahria Zook earned her fourth letter.

Gatorade offered a new award this year, the “Will to Win.” Receiving that award were Burcham, Lewis, Trask, Reynolds, Wall and Carlson. The award reflects more than performance on the court, specifically citizenship, involvement and academics Winners of the award may compete for a $5,000 scholarship.

Scoring an average of 11.75 points per game, Zook was voted most valuable player by her team.

The Huskies gave the Defense Award and the Hustle Award to Lewis. Lewis also earned the Free-Throw Award, shooting 46-69 from the foul line throughout the season.

Lewis was selected third-team all-league.