2017 All-Madera Tribune Girls Basketball

April 20, 2017

 Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera’s Ashley Hansen led her team to the Central Section Valley Championship game with Hansen’s Coyotes winning the championship. Because of contributions on and off the court, she is The Madera Tribune’s girls basketball Most Valuable Player.

Most Valuable Player


Ashley Hansen, Sr. Guard Madera


All-League: First team, CMAC


Ashley Hansen was the glue that helped keep the Madera Coyote girls basketball team together during its Valley Championship run. According to head coach Jason Smith, “Ashley knows how to work hard to get what she wants,” Smith said. Hansen was the team’s most consistent player. She scored 11.6 points per game, second on the team. She also led the team with more than three assists per game and was the team’s best free throw shooter. Hansen is known for her passionate play and that helped lead the team in the Valley Championship game despite scoring just two points. She was a first team All-County/Metro Athletic Conference selection and was The Madera Tribune’s Co-Most Valuable Player last season.

The team


Alyssa Burton, Sr. Center Madera


All-League: Most Valuable Player, CMAC


The Most Valuable Player of the CMAC led the Coyotes in points (13.8 average) and rebounds (8.5). She is one of a few players to score more than 1,000 points in school history. Her best game came in a win against Sanger with 25 points and 26 rebounds. She is a four-time All-Tribune girls basketball selection and was a co-Most Valuable Player with Hansen last year.

Maria Hernandez, Sr. Guard Madera


All-League: Second team, CMAC


She was injured most of last season and was only at about 60 percent in last year’s Valley Championship game loss. This year, Smith got a whole season of Hernandez and she made a difference. One of the better guard defenders in the Central Section, Hernandez makes up for her lack of height with feistiness, hustle and determination. She is also one of those players that gets dinged up so often, she needs an ice bath after games.

Brianna Rubalcaba, Sr. Guard Madera


All-League: Honorable mention, CMAC


Rubalcaba was the fourth of the all-senior starters for Smith and the Coyotes. She was the slasher of the team and became a 3-point shooter as the season went on. Rubalcaba was kind of the quiet player for the Coyotes, but made her presence known late in the game with key steals and buckets.

LeAjanae Kinley, Soph. Forward Madera South


All-League: First team, CMAC


Kinley, a two-time All-Tribune selection, helped move the Stallions into respectability where they finished 18-11 overall and 4-6 in the CMAC. Kinley led the team with 10.1 points per game and was one of the most consistent shooters for the  Stallions. She also has the ability to block shots without drawing a foul.

Aleecia Rosel, Soph. Guard Madera South


All-League: Second team, CMAC

 

Rosel was second on the Stallions with 10.1 points per game and showed she could score in a number of ways. She can drive to the hoop, hit the mid range jumper and nail the 3-pointer. She also developed a nice tear-drop jumper that helps her shoot over taller players. She was also an All-Tribune selection last year.

Lexi Eller, Fr. Guard Madera South


All-League: Honorable mention, CMAC


Along with Kinley and Rosel, Eller is the third piece to the ever-improving Stallions roster that finished six games over .500 last season. She was third on the team with nine points per game and established herself a starter early in the season. She was adept at driving to the lane, drawing contact and converting the 3-point play.

Ashton Berry, Jr. Guard Liberty


All-League: Second team, NSL

 

A transfer from Madera, Berry had to sit out most of the preseason. However, once she became eligible, she made up for missed time. Once activated, Berry became the team’s best player and most consistent scorer. For a team that had trouble finding shots, Berry could drive to the hoop or hit the 3-pointer.

Madison Devine, Jr. Guard Liberty


All-League: Honorable mention, NSL


While Berry was sitting out under transfer rules, Devine had to carry the offensive load. Devine, a volleyball and softball player, decided to play for first-year head coach Ashley Chavira this season after not playing since her eighth grade year. She didn’t disappoint, leading the team in scoring before Berry arrived. Devine was good at the mid-range jumper. Where most players were comfortable driving for layups, Devine was better pulling up and hitting the 10-foot jumper.

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