Eight Mission Valley girls players earn postseason honors

by John Heglie
March 26, 2020 9:47 AM

Eight Mission Valley area hardwood girls basketball players were acknowledged with postseason honors this past basketball season.

Charlo Lady Vikings (22-2)

Charlo punctuated an undefeated regular season with the District 14C tournament title and a Western C fourth place finish. The Lady Vikings placed a trio of well deserved noms among the postseason honors list.

Conferred with all-state status is Liev Smith, who led the team in both rebounding as well as scoring that included 15 double figure scoring outings that culminated in a solid seasonal triple-double. This was the second postseason acknowledgement for Smith, a second-team pick last season.

Receiving all-conference first-team recognition is Carlee Fryberger, the second leading scorer who led the Lady Vikings in picking the pockets of opponent prized possessions with over 100 steals as well as led the Lady Vikings in dishing out assists. This was likewise the second postseason accolade for Fryberger, a second team pick last season.

Rounding out roster royalty is Destiny Manuel, the third-leading scorer as well as second leading rebounder among the team.

The Charlo trio each scored over 200 points this season while collaborating on a cumulative 451 points, 343 rebounds, 113 assists and 236 steals. Both Smith and Fryberger had crested the half millennial (500) point plateau for varsity career scoring, while Manuel wraps up her career mere dozens from that scoring threshold along with culminating her career with quadruple century (400) rebounding credentials.

Veteran head coach Bret Thompson also eclipsed the 600-win plateau.

Ronan Maidens (11-10)

Maiden junior post Jaylea Lunceford received all-state recognition for her dual contributions in both scoring as well as rebounding. Lunceford led the team in both categories, scoring over 200 points while narrowly edging out Columbia Falls WildKat Josie Windauer for the NWA conference regular season rebounding title.

Lunceford racked up 14 double digit scoring outings and eight double figure rebounding games that included six double-doubles. This was the second all-conference acknowledgement for Lunceford, a second-team pick last season.

Conferred with honorable mention recognition were seniors Regan Clairmont along with Kieauna DeRoche. Clairmont was the second leading scorer for the Maidens with over 15 dozen points that included 22 triples among 11 double figure scoring outings. Clairmont matched a career high 18 against visiging Columbia Falls to culminate her senior season.

DeRoche was the third leading scorer for the Maidens while leading them with her sharp shooting from beyond the arc with two dozen triples. DeRoche netted a career high 19 against Polson that included splashing five triples along with netting all three of her freebies after she was fouled on another attempt.

Mission Lady Bulldogs (8-15)

Conferred with second-team all-conference acknowledgement were a pair of Lady Bulldogs.

University of Providence softball bound senior Azia Umphrey was the leading scorer for Mission this past season, coming within a handful of the triple century threshold on the season that included dabbling into double digits on 15 occasions along with netting more than two dozen triples.

Umphrey culminated her career by cresting the sextuple century (600) point plateau for varsity career scoring.

Junior Sydney Brander was the second leading scorer for Mission as she crested the double century (200) point plateau for season scoring that featured 10 double figure scoring outings that included a quartet among the 20s. Brander crossed the half millennial (500) threshold for varsity career scoring. This was the second second-team acknowledgement for Brander.

Both Umphrey and Brander scored varsity career highs of 25 this past season.