By Ray Hamill — Freshman Ashley Quigley was a near unanimous choice among her teammates for MVP of this year’s College of the Redwoods women’s basketball team.
Quigley, who was an all-state third-team selection, led the team with 17.4 points a game and shot an impressive 37.4 percent from 3-point range.
“She was a flat-out scorer for us,” head coach Jain Tuey said. “She always played with energy and heart.”
Quigley was also a popular choice for MVP among her teammates.
“I think her teammates unanimously voted for her,” Tuey added. “She might be the only one who didn’t vote for her.”
The MVP award was one of several the players voted on.
Best Defensive Player went to Brianna Green, while McKinleyville’s Theresa Dickey was voted Most Improved and Rhea McCoy and Mikaela Arnold Most Inspirational.
The final team award was the Corsairs Award, which is decided on by the coaches and went to Dennise Horton.
“It’s almost like an MVP award but with a little more leadership and tenacity,” Tuey said of the award, adding that it’s for a player who showed up every day and worked as hard as possible through the good and the bad, and a player who represents what it is to play for CR, who put the team first no matter what and had a positive and motivating energy on the court.
Horton, a Del Norte graduate, was certainly influential, growing in stature on the court as the season went on, particularly in the playoffs.
“She had so much energy and excitement for (the Delta) game,” Tuey said of the freshman. “And I feel like those are the type of players you need to be successful.”
Green also played a huge role for the Corsairs this year, also growing in stature as the season progressed.
“She was always a spark of energy on defense,” Tuey said of the Florida native. “Her athletic ability helped us in that area.”
McCoy and Arnold also were hugely influential, at practice, on the bench, and in the valuable minutes they provided.
“They showed up every single day at practice working hard,” Tuey said of the duo. “And they had a huge role as practice players and getting everyone prepared for games.”
Dickey provided her trademark tenacity and much more.
“She came in and we knew she was going to play her heart out, but I felt her game progressed a lot over the course of the season,” Tuey said. “I think as a sophomore she’s going to be a huge player for us.”