Allison Wisdom had three major goals coming into this season.
The Buhach Colony senior fell short of one of them when the Thunder didn’t win a Central California Conference.
However, Wisdom reached her other two goals when she led her team to their first playoff win in school history and when the CCC coaches named her the conference’s Most Valuable Player.
“I’m happy I got two of the three,” Wisdom said.
The fourth-year starter averaged 18.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and four steals per game in 10 conference games to lead the Thunder (20-8) to a second place finish in the CCC.
“I felt everyone we played had to prepare for Allison,” said Buhach Colony coach Shane Gentry. “We saw a box and one. She was face-guarded by everyone in league. You had to know where she was at all times and I think as league went on she got stronger.”
With the graduation Jessica Silva, who had started a long side Wisdom in the back court the last three years, Wisdom was asked to do more.
“I definitely had to figure out how to score more,” Wisdom said. “My assists went down, which I’m not happy about. The defensive focus was definitely on me and I’m happy with my results, especially in the second half of league.”
The biggest improvement in Wisdom’s game was her ability to knock down outside shots. Her first three years most of her points came on drives to the basket.
“I played with more confidence,” Wisdom said. “Playing with Jessica – who was a shooter – I didn’t feel comfortable comparing my shot to hers. I worked a lot on my shooting. Even in practice, when we were simulating game-like situations, I would pull up for shots instead of driving to the basket like I know I can.”
After winning the CCC title Merced landed two players on the first team in Dalonna Jones and Lexi Thompson. They were joined by Atwater’s Mayra Mora, Golden Valley’s Camille Flores and Buhach Colony’s Brandy Coward.
Bears coach Rob Pierce was named the Coach of the Year.
The all-CCC second team was comprised of Merced’s Oleachea Bowers and Alexis Pierce, Atwater’s Natalie Govea, Buhach Colony’s Barbara Coward, Turlock’s Karly Schuman and Pitman’s Cady Riley.
All-Western Athletic Conference
Los Banos senior Jacquelin Arretche and Pacheco junior Samantha Rodriguez were both named to the all-WAC first team.
Arretche averaged 18.2 points and five rebounds per game. Rodriguez averaged 18.3 points and five assists.
Los Banos’ Evelyn Johnson received second-team honors. Patterson’s Jovanah Arrington was named MVP.
All-Central California Athletic Alliance
Stone Ridge Christian’s Amber Fletcher was named the CCAA MVP after averaging 20 points for the Knights. Fletcher was also the volleyball MVP.
Fletcher led the league in scoring, steals (4.3), blocks (1.9) and was second in assists (3.7).