Siskiyous Eagles women’s basketball season in review: stats and comments

COS Eagles sophomores with Contra Costa Tourney championship trophy (L-R): Destinee Jones, Gabbi Schmitt, Megan Dailey, Melissa Dailey, Hannah Thompson.

COS Eagles sophomores with Contra Costa Tourney championship trophy (L-R): Destinee Jones, Gabbi Schmitt, Megan Dailey, Melissa Dailey, Hannah Thompson.

To say that the College of the Siskiyous Eagles women’s basketball team had an amazing season, would be a massive understatement.

The Eagles won the Golden Valley Conference, again, at 10-0. That combined with a 27-1 regular season record and several wins against quality opponents, earned them a 4-seed for the state playoffs–right behind #3 San Francisco, who COS had already defeated (No one said the seeding made sense).

Siskiyous crushed #13 Skyline 113-71 in round-one of the playoffs. The second round opponent was a bit tougher, but despite #5 San Joaquin Delta’s dirty play and the very poor officiating, the Eagles prevailed 76-70. Those wins earned them a spot in the 8-team state tournament, held at Las Positas, in Livermore.

The North’s top team, Sierra, lost in the playoffs, which allowed COS to move up to the North 3-seed for the CCCAA state championship tourney.

Siskiyous knocked off the South 2-seed, East Los Angeles, 93-81, on the strength of a 35-point fourth quarter. Eagle Hannah Thompson dropped a tournament high 36 points on East LA.

COS took on South #4 Palomar in the semi-final and won in convincing fashion, 73-51. Melissa and Megan Dailey each scored 24 points in the game, and each pulled down seven rebounds.

In the final, the Eagles faced Mt. San Antonio (33-2), the top team in the state, and fell 75-54.

Siskiyous finished the season as the state runner up, and ranked #2 in the final state poll, with a record of 31-2.

Below are the team and individual records set this year. And below that, are comments from Coach Tom Powers and all five of this year’s sophomores.

Records set in 2016-17 season

Team

Most wins and winning percentage: 31-2, .939

Points per game: 94.5

3-pointers per game: 12

3-point shooting percentage: 38.2%

Field goal shooting percentage: 48.8%

Free throw percentage: 72.2%

Assists per game: 25.5

Individual records

Melissa Dailey

Most points career: 1591

Most points per game career: 21.6

Most 3-pointers career: 220

Most 2-pointers career: 623

Most assists career: 437

Most points season: 860

Most points per game season: 26.1

Most 2-pointers season: 337

Hannah Thompson

Most points in a single game: 50

Most 3-pointers season: 128

Wins against top-20 teams in final state poll

#4 Palomar (28-3) 73-51 – in state tourney

#5 East Los Angeles (28-3) 93-81 – in state tourney

#7 San Francisco (27-4) 76-71

#12 San Joaquin Delta (25-7) 76-70 – in playoffs

#18 American River (19-11) 88-58 & 96-90

#19 Fresno (23-8) 80-71

Pre season tournaments won

Contra Costa Tourney

Santa Rosa Tourney

Monterey Peninsula Tourney

The Eagles’ coach and the five sophomores were asked to write a bit about their experience this season, and about their accomplishments.

Coach Tom Powers (Something like 850 career wins…he can’t keep track)

This year’s team has taken our winning tradition to a new level. Besides keeping our conference games and championships winning streak alive, they have re written the school record book the past two years.

The most impressive part of this team is how well they play together on and off the court, and how they respect each other and the opposing teams. We’ve had a great season, with the most community support in my 34 years of coaching at Siskiyous.

This group of young ladies have been amazing, and have set the bar high for future Eagle teams. Congratulations

Melissa Dailey (1st team all-state, North Region MVP, GVC MVP, State Tournament All-Tourney. Leading scorer in the state at 26.1 ppg)

This season was one that I will always remember. We spent everyday for seven months together, working hard, improving our game, building relationships and most importantly becoming a family. I knew coming into the season that our team was something special. It didn’t take us long to realize that we had something no other team had, and that was the bond we all shared with one another, which showed on the court.

This includes our coaches as well. This season’s success wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t have such an amazing coaching staff. Coaches (Tom) Powers, (Noelle) Collier, and (Jake) West put in just as much time and dedication as we did, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. That’s what really makes a team successful.

When I decided I wanted to come to Siskiyous, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I can easily say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This program was a remarkable experience for me. We always had the best times no matter where we were or what we were doing. I will always cherish the memories and times I got to spend on and off the court with these girls. They are my family now, and I will always be there for them. I thank every one of them for helping me grow as an individual and as a player. Without them I wouldn’t be the person or player I am today. Each and every one of them has taught me something that I will always carry with me wherever I go.

Without my teammates, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything that I’ve done the past two years here at COS. If it wasn’t for the team, I wouldn’t have achieved my goal of getting Most Valuable Player of the North, nor would I be able to say that I broke multiple records here at COS. I wouldn’t have wanted to play with any other group of girls. They’re definitely a special group. I couldn’t thank my coaches or teammates enough for always being there for me.

This year’s basketball season will undoubtedly go down as one of the best seasons in recent history at the College of the Siskiyous. We accomplished so much this year, from breaking school records, to making it to the state championship game. Although we didn’t get the outcome we were looking for which was getting 1st, we still brought back a 2nd place trophy which is such a big accomplishment and something we should be proud of. There is nothing to look down on when looking back at this season.

We came into this season with about fourteen girls and finished off the year with eight. To only have that many players, and make it to a state championship is remarkable. We pushed ourselves everyday to get to where we were, and that just shows how dedicated and passionate we were about the game and towards winning. It was really a tremendous season.

I’m going to miss a lot of people around here–from coaches and teammates to all the fans who showed up to cheer us on. Thank you COS and the community for all your love and support.

Hannah Thompson (2nd team all-state, GVC all-conference. State’s 2nd leading scorer at 24.5 ppg)

When it comes to talking about our season, it’s always a little bittersweet. But to sum it up, I really couldn’t be more proud of our team and all that we accomplished. All season long we have been the underdogs, whether it wasn’t being ranked as high as we should have been, or other players and coaches talking lowly of us.

I never felt we truly got the respect that we deserved. I think we all kind of knew that. But with us playing for little ole’ College of the Siskiyous there wasn’t really much we could do other than to prove them wrong. And I think with our 31-2 record, we did a pretty good job of that.

As a team, we overcame a lot of adversity this season, especially with our size disadvantage, but we ended up making it all the way to the state title game which is an accomplishment that very few people get to experience. And I can’t think of a more deserving group of people than my teammates and coaches.

Throughout my past two years here at COS, I have become a much better basketball player because of Tom (Powers), Noelle (Collier), and Jake (West). I can’t thank them enough for taking the time and caring enough to help make me a better player–along with having great teammates to push me and help me become a better player as well.

Throughout the year, we’ve broken multiple team and individual records, and beat all odds to make it to the championship game. I couldn’t be more proud of how we’ve developed as players and as people. This has been one of my favorite teams that I’ve ever played on. I can honestly say playing on this team has given me memories and friendships to cherish for a lifetime. I wish them all the best in whatever they choose to do in life.

Megan Dailey (GVC all-conference, state tournament all-tourney)

This season was one that I will never forget. It was such a long season, and it was full of a lot of time, hard work, and dedication–not only from us as a team, but from the coaches as well. This season we started with a full roster, and it ended with less then half of that. That is tough, and to be able to say that we made it as far as we did is a huge accomplishment.

I came into this program not knowing what to expect, but it was more than I could ever imagine. We always had so much fun no matter what we were doing. I’m happy to say that I have loved every minute of being able to play with my teammates that I will always have in my life. They are now my family at the College of the Siskiyous. Those people are the ones who have helped me accomplish the things that I have as a basketball player.

But the biggest accomplishment of mine would be who I have become not only as a player, but who I have become as a person. I couldn’t give a bigger thanks to my coaches for that. Tom (Powers), Noelle (Collier), and Jake (West) are the ones who have not only made me a better basketball player, but also a better person on and off the basketball court.

They taught me things I have never learned before–from shooting, passing, and getting the ball up the court, to off court knowledge as well, like the trivia questions about every subject in the world that Tom would give to us before every practice, to shaking someone’s hand and introducing myself to someone when they walk into the gym, even if I don’t know them because that’s the polite thing to do. Those are the things I’ll never forget.

It was a tremendous season we had here at COS. There is nothing we can be ashamed of. We are proud. Getting to the state tournament was something none of us have ever done before, and every moment we knew that it could be our last especially for being the underdogs of the tournament. A championship would have been amazing, but 2nd place still shows a lot of hard work that we had to sacrifice as a team in order to just be there.

Being a sophomore is hard because, around here, everyone around you starts to become family–from the coaches, my teammates, and even the fans that come to our games. We as a team did things that COS hasn’t seen or done in many years, and if that’s not going out with a BANG I don’t know what is. I’m proud to be an Eagle.

Destinee Jones (GVC all-conference)

We were definitely the underdog from the start of the season. With the girls we had, no one even thought we’d get as far as we did.

As far as my feelings for the team, we created a strong family within the two years we had. We learned a lot about each other that helped us on and off the court. We were successful because everyone had a role, and they stayed within their role and did what they could do.

For me, the (Dailey) twins taught me so much about offense, and I am so glad I got the chance to play with them. They have amazing basketball knowledge and are great people off the court.

As far as my own accomplishments, I went from not starting, averaging six points and seven rebounds, to starting every game and almost averaging a double-double. It was a great year, and a great team that I’m blessed to be a part of.

Gabbi Schmitt (GVC honorable mention)

This has been the best team I’ve had the privilege to be apart of. As a team, we always felt underestimated. We made it our goal to prove what we were capable of every time we got the opportunity. Even though the season didn’t end the way we wanted it, I’m so proud of all of my teammates individually, and what we worked to accomplish together this season.

While only the sophomores were asked to write about their experience, it’s important to note the contributions of the frosh off the bench, and in practice.

Beth Derner played substantial minutes and had a knack for hitting big shots, just when the Eagles needed it the most. She averaged 7.8 ppg.

Kenzie Hayden played significant minutes throughout the season,. She averaged 4.4 ppg.

Ashlyn Welton left the team mid season, but contributed significant minutes and points while she was at COS. She averaged 5.6 ppg.

Acacia Ross didn’t see many minutes, but none the less made important contributions in practice, and played in the state tourney. She averaged 2.1 ppg.

Tia Palangvanh hadn’t played in a couple of years, but joined the team late in the season. She also made contributions in practice, and played in the state tourney.

Editors note: and on top of all that, the Eagles were a ton of fun to watch.

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