The leadership of the Casa Grande High School girls basketball team has been honored by placement on the All-North Bay League team by the league coaches.
In Casa Grande's first year in the NBL, junior forward Brooke Santander, and senior point guard Lyndsey Murnin were named to the first team, while defensive specialist senior Dayna Dolcini received honorable mention notice.
The trio led Casa Grande to a 16-13 record and a 7-7 mark in its first NBL season. The Lady Gauchos were playing their best basketball at season's end, and won their first North Coast Section Division II playoff game over Emery before being eliminated by No. 2 seed Clayton Valley in a quarterfinal contest.
Santander led the team in scoring and at times carried the entire offense.
She scored from inside on a multitude of drives, shot from outside and developed an excellent mid-range jump shot. She was also a strong rebounder and defender.
Murnin was one of the team's top scorers as a junior, but sacrificed some of her own scoring to transfer to the point guard position where she directed the Casa Grande offense and often looked to pass first and shoot second. She still managed to be a dangerous scorer and was often the player the Gauchos looked to as the shot clock wound down.
A superb ball handler, she was instrumental in breaking the opposition's press. Like the majority of the Lady Gauchos, she was also a tenacious defender.
Dolcini was generally acknowledged to be one of the best defenders in the Redwood Empire.
At 5-foot, 9-inches she was often asked to defend taller opposition post players, and also had the quickness and the anticipation to defend outside as well. She became more of a scoring threat in the latter part of the season.
Santa Rosa junior guard Katie Daly and Montgomery senior forward Claire Donnelly shared Most Valuable Player honors.