Alliance High School Girls Basketball Awards Banquet

Lady Basketball Year End Review

Dr. Troy Unzicker-Head Coach, Contributor

The Lady Bulldog Basketball team began the year with only two returning players with significant varsity experience from last year. The Bulldogs were hampered with a late start to summer activities and another new coach. The year could have been bleak without tremendous senior leadership the squad had. The ladies finished with a 7-15 record but the record was not a good indicator of the improvement and growth the team demonstrated. The growth can be evidenced by how tough the Bulldogs played state caliber teams. A four-point loss at Cheyenne Central against one of Wyoming’s best teams is an example. Tough single digit losses to Scottsbluff and Gering are further evidence of how good this team became during the year after previous blow out losses. The win against Brush on Parent’s night was perhaps indicative of what this team is capable of. The season ending loss to Sidney, the number one rated power pointed team in Class B at the time, only trailing by six with a couple of minutes remaining showed the strength and resolve of the team.

This Bulldog team was one of the strongest rebounding teams in Alliance history. They averaged 13.0 offensive rebounds, 23.5 defensive rebounds for a total of 36.5 rebounds per game. The school records are 13.3 offensive, 24.3 defensive and 37.3 total rebounds per game. The first game with Gering as our opponents connected on 11 three pointers and we connected on seven is a combined team school record. This also ranks 24th in state history from any class. Janaye Shoemaker tied a school record that night with six three pointers of her own.

The Dawgs were led by five seniors who will be greatly missed:

Ryley Rolls was named All-Conference and received Honorable Mention All-State from the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. From her teammates she was named MVP and Miss Defense. She led team in scoring with 216 points (9.8 ppg), defensive rebounds (113), steals (48), deflections (50), assists (74), total minutes (604) and two-point field goal percentage with 50 percent shooting. Ryley was top three on the team in 13 of 16 statistical categories.

Emersen Cyza was named Honorable Mention All-Conference and received Honorable Mention All-State from the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. From her teammates she was named Co-Team Captain. She led the team in offensive rebounds (74), total rebounds 181 (9.1 rpg), blocks (20) and total field goal percentage 47.3%. Emerson top three on the team in 11 of 16 statistical categories.

Blythe Boness was named Honorable Mention All-Conference and also received Honorable Mention All-State from Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. From her teammates she was named Co-Team Captain. She was top three on team in six of 16 statistical categories.

Janaye Shoemaker tied the previously mentioned school record for made three pointers in a game. She was top three on the team in seven of 16 statistical categories.

Megan Oligmueller was named Miss Hustle  and Best Teammate by her peers. She was top three on the team in four of 16 stastical categories.

Other underclassmen who also lettered this year: Juniors- Jordan Hopp, Cameron Tritle, Payton Weber (injured), Khloe Felker(manager) and Lilli Otto(manager). Sophomores-Billi Alvarado, Brooke Davidson (injured) Payten Gibson and Olivia Knapp.

Billi Alvarado was named 6th man by her teammates on the varsity level. Jordan Hopp was named Most Improved varsity player by her teammates.

JV awards determined by team vote were: MVP-Billi Alvarado, Captains Jordan Hopp and Cameron Tritle, Most Improved Violet Nelson, Miss Defense Olivia Knapp, Miss Hustle Peyton Gibson, 6th Man Leyton Schnell and Best Teammate Keeley Mazanec.

Freshman awards determined by team vote were: MVP Shelbee Burke, Captains Leyton Schnell and Shelbee Burke, Most Improved Luna Gonzalez, Miss Defense Amauri Browning, Miss Hustle Macala Hood, 6th Man Braelyn Shrewsbury and Best Teammate Mikayla Seebohm.