The Philomath High girls had three players named to the all-Oregon West Conference squad with sophomore Emma Pankalla, senior Haidyn Ecker and junior Lauren Berklund.
Ecker and Pankalla were selected to the second team.
"I think most of what we did on offense ran through those two," PHS coach Shelly Brown said. "Haidyn, she wasn't one of our biggest scorers ... but just what she does as far as the defense. A lot of times she would be double-teamed or triple-teamed just right out of the gate or a box-and-one on her and it gave Emma a lot more opportunities offensively."
Ecker will take her game to the next level after graduating in June with plans to compete for Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She had per-game averages of 8.2 points and 8.3 rebounds with a team-high 28 blocks in the 10 league games. For the 23-game regular season, she shot 43.0 percent from the field and a steady 78.7 percent from the free-throw line.
"Haidyn's game is really on defense," Brown said. "I think every night she probably took a charge and had at least a couple of blocked shots. So defensively, she would be irreplaceable to our team."
Pankalla, who got off to a slow start sidelined with an injury, was one of the team's most aggressive players on offense.
"Emma's just one of those players who's able to take what she's given and make something happen," Brown said. "She's a fun player in that when you make a suggestion to her, she tries it and is usually successful and then just continues to do that."
In 10 conference games, Pankalla averaged 12.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and had 25 steals. She finished with those same per-game averages through 19 games of the regular season. Pankalla shot 39.7 percent from the field and 67.4 percent from the foul line.
Berklund was an all-conference honorable mention pick. She averaged 9.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
"Lauren, when she came back from her injury, she was pretty hesitant and she just really started to come on at the end of the season," Brown said. "Once she kinda got her confidence and got her feet under her, she was so much fun to watch and I felt like she didn't quite get going until her last five games."
Brown recalled a 3-point experiment that occurred one day.
"One day, we had shoot-around and she and Emma, we got out the shooting gun and they shot over a hundred shots, just 3-pointers, and shot 36 percent," Brown said. "They both put in a lot of extra time on their shooting."
Cascade's Halle Wright repeated as the conference's player of the year. A senior, Wright averaged 16.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
North Marion had five players make the all-conference team while Cascade had four.
All-Oregon West Conference
Halle Wright, Sr., Cascade
Ally Umbenhower, Sr., North Marion
Alexa Bender, Sr., Stayton
Kelsey Moran, Sr., Cascade
Sadie Horne, Jr., Yamhill-Carlton
Megan Wagner, Jr., Newport
Marri Martinez, Jr., Stayton
Emma Pankalla, So., Philomath
Madison Hargett, Jr., Newport
Mya Hammack, Fr., North Marion
Haidyn Ecker, Sr., Philomath
Lauren Berklund, Jr., Philomath
Gracie Rasmussen, Sr., Cascade
Lexi Loukojarvi, Sr., Cascade
Hannah Kinniburgh, Sr., North Marion
Alli Nyguist, Jr., North Marion
Aliya Seibel, So., Yamhill-Carlton
Kaitlyn Mitchell, Jr., Newport
Lindy Wing, Sr., North Marion
Megan Gaibler, Sr., Yamhill-Carlton
KJ Nyquist, So., Stayton
Player of the Year: Halle Wright, Cascade
Coaches of the Year: Mark Stevens, Cascade; Steve Sain, Newport; and Darren Shryock, Stayton.