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Forest Grove girls secure four all-league selections

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD
NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Forest Grove senior Kaitlin Jamieson was a first team all-league pick after averaging 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks this season.Forest Grove’s girls basketball season may have ended last week in the first round of the state playoffs, but four Vikings went out on a high note.

Senior co-captains Kaitlin Jamieson, Madi Andresen and Amelia Anderson, plus freshman McKenzie Long, were named to the Pacific Conference all-league team after guiding Forest Grove to a fourth-place finish and the program’s best record in seven years.

“I was really happy. It was another very successful season,” Forest Grove head coach Dan Lumpkin said. “It was the most wins we’ve had, I think, since the 2005-2006 season, and we finished the year ranked 18th in the state power rankings, which is the highest we’ve ever been. It was a good year.”

Jamieson, a 6-foot-2 senior post, was a first team all-league selection and was also tabbed as the conference’s co-defensive player of the year. She averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game, and was a dominant force in the paint for the Lady Vikings.

“Kaitlin really had a tremendous year,” Lumpkin said. “She put in a lot of work over the last year and a half to become a better player, and she’s still improving.

“She had some very dominant performances this year and was a big impact player for us. We’re going to miss her.”

Fellow seniors Andresen and Anderson were both honorable mention all-league picks, as was Long.

Andresen, a second team all-league selection last season, averaged 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this year, and Lumpkin said she was a vastly improved player.

“Madi is very aggressive. She doesn’t back down from anybody,” Lumpkin said. “She had probably her best year for us. She was second team all-league last year, but she was easily a better player (this year) than what she was last year. She really improved her game.”

Anderson didn’t have eye-popping stats, but Lumpkin said the senior was a prototypical glue player — the sort that leads by example and does a little bit of everything.

“She’s just a good all-around player,” Lumpkin said. “She’s consistent. She’s one of our better 3-point shooters, she rebounds well, she defends well, she always hustles. She did a little bit of everything.”

With the graudation of six seniors from this year’s team, Lumpkin will have to rebuild around youngsters like Long, a freshman who burst onto the scene this year.

The 5-foot-2 point guard averaged 7.5 points per contest and led the Vikings with 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game.

“We had total confidence in her,” Lumpkin said of Long. “She handles the ball great, she’s quick and she’s smart, plus she doesn’t back down from the older girls. In the offseason she’s always in the gym, always working to get better.

“In my opinion she was one of the best guards in the league this year, and she’s only a freshman. She’s only going to get better.”

In addition to Long, the Lady Vikings will return four other underclassmen next year — fellow freshmen Ashlie Collins and Petra Flemmer, plus sophomores Alyssa Villalobos and Dominique Duncan.

“It will be tough to replace these six seniors, but we have some talented young players to build around for next year,” Lumpkin said.




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