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Postseason awards keep rolling in for Banks girls

Lady Braves have four players earn all-league honors in addition to a team academic award

It has never been about individual honors for the members of the Banks girls basketball team, but the Lady Braves continued to accumulate hardware with the announcement last week that four players had been named to the Cowapa League all-star team.

Seniors Melissa Masters and Abby Hardie were First Team all-league selections, while fellow senior Marla Gooding and junior Riley Gerlinger were honorable mention selections.

Hardie averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game to lead Banks to a 21-5 record this year and a second-place finish in the Cowapa League.

Masters averaged 7.0 points per game during the regular season, but increased her production to 10.3 in the state tournament, including a team-high 15 points in the third-place game against Philomath.

Gooding was the Braves' offensive anchor at point guard, averaging 6.0 points and 3.0 assists per game, and Gerlinger was a disruptive presence on both ends of the floor, averaging 7.5 points and 2.7 steals per game.

In addition to their third-place finish at the state tournament, the Lady Braves earned another accolade from the OSAA - selection to the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State list. Banks had a collective GPA of 3.75, landing the Lady Braves third in the state among Class 4A girls basketball teams. League rival Scappoose finished second at 3.79.