H-DNL names all-league selections in girls basketball

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Gracie Betts in action for Fortuna this season.

By Ray Hamill — The H-DNL released the 2021 all-league teams in girls basketball this week, with two players included from each team, as well as several honorable mentions.

Because of the shortened COVIF season, no league champions were crowned this year and no MVPs were named.

Over the three weeks, however, the Fortuna Huskies were clearly the best team in the area, sweeping the other eight teams in the league, including victories over all four of their Big 5 rivals.

Leading the way were all-league selections Gracie Betts and Teal Mostovoy.

Betts, a senior, was instrumental in the team’s success over the past two seasons, during which time the Huskies have gone 11-1 in conference play.

Mostovoy, meanwhile, grew in stature as the season wore on, with the junior closing out the short season as one of the top players in the H-DNL.

The Del Norte Warriors finished 2-1 against Big 5 opponents and 5-2 overall, and were led by senior Jadence Clifton, who will play at Humboldt State next year.

Clifton has dominated in league play over the past three years and would no doubt have been a frontrunner for MVP if one had been named.

Bella Vigil

Joining her on the all-league team is freshman teammate Anyessa Bettega, who had an immediate impact at the varsity level.

The Loggers, who were 7-2 overall, also had two selections, with senior Bella Vigil and sophomore Claire Maples included.

The versatile Vigil, a four-sport star this year, will play basketball at Butte College next year, while Maples continues to improve and has developed into one of the top softball and basketball players in the Big 5.

For Arcata, senior Zoie Andre and junior Grace Talty both were named all-league after leading the Tigers to a 4-2 record.

Both players have played an integral role for the team over the past few seasons.

Teal Mostovoy

Rounding out the Big 5 all-league selections are McKinleyville seniors Kayley Armstrong and Cameron Heenan.

The two Panthers were part of a core group of seniors on the team, which closed out 2-7.

In the Little 4, meanwhile, a talented young Ferndale team led the way with a record of 2-0 in conference and 3-4 overall, causing their Big 5 opponents big problems all season.

Sophomore Kyla Albee and freshman Haidyen Fulton both were named all-league for the Wildcats.

St. Bernard’s (3-4) also featured a young team that should only get better over the next two seasons.

Lele Tanuvasa

Sophomore Lele Tanuvasa led the way and would have been a worthy league MVP had one been named, while freshman Madelyn Shanahan had an immediate impact in her first season playing varsity, joining Tanuvasa on the all-league team.

Rounding out the all-league selections this year are the consistent Hoopa duo of sophomore Tatiana Colegrove and junior Taylor Cole, as well as South Fork senior Kaylei Valk and junior Kaylee Cotter.

The Warriors finished 1-5, while the Cubs were 0-7.

Claire Maples

Honorable Mentions

Arcata — Tatum Carlin

Del Norte — Molly Slayton and Josephine Heuberger

Eureka — Aniah Gaither, Keylei Carroll, Amaya Gee and Melody Bareilles

Ferndale — Emily Chavez and Hallie Short

Fortuna — Isobel Crosswhite, Kendall Stewart and Saige Grundman

Hoopa — Beyonce Bussell and K-Lynn Dowd

McKinleyville — Kathryn Tinney

St. Bernard’s — Sabrina Gardner

South Fork — Summer Contreras

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