Queens of the Court
• Three take the throne again on All-City girls team
Jessie Shetters didn't know how the Wilson High girls basketball season was going to turn out when the Trojans lost their first game to an inexperienced Barlow squad and subsequently went 1-4 in nonleague contests.
But a Dec. 12 victory over Jefferson started the Trojans on a path to their second straight Portland Interscholastic League title and earned Shetters the Portland Tribune's Player of the Year award.
Shetters averaged 20.6 points and 12.8 rebounds as Wilson reached the state tournament for the second straight year and finished 18-7.
'It turned out to be a pretty fun year,' Shetters says. 'I had a lot of doubts about how good we were going to be. But that one game really showed us how well we can play, and we played at that level for most of our league games.'
Wilson was 17-1 in the PIL.
Shetters is on the Trib's All-City team for the second straight year. Joining her are Grant senior Cicely Oaks, Jefferson junior Brittney Davis, Lincoln sophomore Hannah Oken-Berg and Lincoln freshman Lauren Greif. Oaks was on the All-City team as a sophomore. Davis, the Trib's player of the year last season, is a three-time selection.
Shetters leaves Wilson with two league titles and a scholarship to the University of Oregon, where she'll toughen up and learn to play closer to the basket, something she knows that fans yearned for while she was at Wilson.
'I'm definitely more of a finesse player,' she says. 'I know people think I'm soft, and that's something I'm going to work on in college. I didn't play next to the basket because that wears on you for a season, and a lot of what other teams gave me was away from the basket. And I can shoot, so I worked on that because I'll be more of a forward in college.'
Shetters says television may influence her career choice. She watches 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' and finds it interesting.
'I took my first physics class this year, and it wasn't too fun,' she says. 'But maybe that will be something I'll get
Oaks led the state in scoring at 23.5 points per outing and helped Grant to the state playoffs, where it lost in the first round for the fourth straight year. She returned to her team a year after being dismissed for disciplinary reasons.
'I'm really happy we made the playoffs,' Oaks says. 'The season was a lot of fun, and making the All-City team again is really flattering.'
Of the points she scored this season, the 5-6 Oaks says she remembers scoring against Shetters, 6-6, in particular.
'I challenged her one time,' Oaks says. 'I thought she was going to totally reject me, but she didn't.'
Oaks is still looking at colleges, including Oregon, and says she'll map out a career plan once she gets to school.
Davis averaged 17.0 points for the Democrats, who finished second in the league and lost in the third round of the state playoffs for the third straight season.
'It's frustrating not being able to get to that next level,' Davis says. 'But I have one more year.'
Davis is a leader in Jefferson's frenetic full-court defense, which helps the Democrats overcome a significant lack of size. The Demos' tallest player this season was 5-8, and that doesn't figure to change next season.
'There's nothing we can do about that unless someone steps in,' she says. 'All we can do is work hard and do our best.'
Lincoln's Oken-Berg scored 14.3 points per game and was a solid rebounder for the Cardinals, who came within a game of the state tourney. With a core group of young players returning, the Cards are focused on getting there next year.
'That's definitely our goal,' says Oken-Berg, who also competes in cross country and track and field. 'We want to prove that the PIL is a good league for girls basketball.'
Oken-Berg, who went to state in cross country, says her highlight game of the year was against Jefferson. She blocked nine shots.
Greif, who averaged 18.6 points, has long been ahead of her time in basketball. She played on a fourth-grade boys team as a first-grader and was all-PIL in soccer as the Cardinals reached the state semifinals. She was the soccer team's leading scorer.
Greif enjoys both sports but considers herself a basketball player first.
'I'll be working on my shooting percentage Ñ that's an area I would like to improve,' she says. 'I would love to have another year like this one. I think I'm a little spoiled by how well both seasons have gone.'