Most Valuable Players
#23 Breanna Torres, Sr. Guard, Madera
Torres was the driver of the Madera Coyote girls basketball team this season. She was the leader of the team on and off the court and delivered when needed. Torres was the team’s third leading scorer and second leading 3-point shooter. She averaged almost five assists per game, four rebounds per game and almost two steals per game. She was the team’s main ball handler and directed the Coyote offense. She was especially deft at driving the lane and then dishing out to teammate Bria Fernandes for an open 3-pointer. Torres also ran the court on the fast break, leading many teammates to wide-open layups. She was a second team All-County/Metro Athletic Conference selection.
#3 Bria Fernandes, Soph. Guard, Madera
In just her second year on the varsity, Fernandes set the school record for 3-pointers made in a season (78) while shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc. She was the the Coyotes’ most dependable scorer. When she went, the Coyotes went, but when she wasn’t getting her shots, she kept shooting until they fell. Fernandes led the team in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game, but she also averaged almost three rebounds per game and had a team-leading 31 steals. Fernandes will be counted on to lead a core group of Coyotes next season. She will be the target of many teams next season, but she has the bullseye touch to lead her team. Fernandes was named first team All-CMAC and was the third leading vote getter.
Coach of the Year
Jason Smith, Madera
Smith led the Coyotes to a 17-9 record this season and a 5-5 record in the County/Metro Athletic Conference. Madera tied for third place, with San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno in the CMAC. He knew he had a good team returning, but the key was to make sure the team achieved those expectations. The Coyotes also hosted their first playoff game in almost 10 years. He had to replace two ‘glue’ pieces from last year’s team — four-year starter Shellie Perkins and do-whatever-is needed forward Erika Rodriguez. He found junior Rachel Sparks to fill in Rodriguez’s role and Fernandes and Torres stepped up to fill in Perkins’ role.
#35 Antranetta Stickman, Soph. Center, Madera
Better known as “TO,” Stickman was the force down low for the Coyotes, averaging 8.5 points per game. She was second on the team in blocks and led the team in rebounds. Although still a sophomore, she improved leaps and bounds from her freshman year. Head coach Smith says that she is the most talented post player he has had. Stickman was a second team All-CMAC selection...