The only reason Petaluma High School's T-Girl basketball team had a starting lineup this season was because rules require five players begin the game. But, Petaluma's undefeated run to the Sonoma County League championship and the SCL Tournament title was truly a total-team production with everyone contributing. That team concept was reflected with seven T-Girls receiving mention on the All-SCL team selected by the coaches.
Sophomore Katy Bisges was chosen the league's Most Valuable Player. The guard led Petaluma in scoring with a 13.0 average and, although just 5-feet, 4-inches tall, was the team's second-leading rebounder. "She has great heart," said Petaluma coach Doug Johnson. "She always gives a 110 percent effort. She was also the team MVP and won a T-Girl "Came to Play" award.
Allison Scranton, Joelle Krist and Kierra Lizama were all named to the All-SCL first team.
Scranton, another member of Petaluma's talented sophomore squad, is the tallest of the T-Girls. She is listed at 6-feet and plays even taller. She led the SCL in rebounds with 12.3 per game and became a major scoring threat as the season progressed. She finished as the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 8.7 points per game. "Allison was one of our most improved players, picked by the league and our team," Johnson pointed out.
Krist, another sophomore, was the team's third-leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 8.5 points per game. She was chosen the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. "She was our most consistent player all year," said Johnson.
Lizama, one of just three seniors on the team, received a T-Girls' Came To Play award. "She was one of our captains and floor leaders," Johnson said. She, too, received a team Came to Play award.
Lisa Guptil, a junior, received the league's Newcomer of the Year award "Lisa was our stopper on defense, and was voted the team's Outstanding Defensive Player, noted Johnson.
Senior Claire Pareto and sophomore Cassie Baddeley both received honorable mention honors.
Baddeley received the team award as Outstanding Newcomer. "She was the most flexible player we had this year, being able to play any position, and she played great defense," the coach praised.
Pareto was another senior on the roster.
"Claire was our other captain and team leader on and off the floor," Johnson said. "She also played many positions and was our inside defensive person as well as a scorer."
Johnson was selected Coach of the Year.
In addition to going 12-0 in league, Petaluma was 24-5 overall.
Despite their youth, the T-Girls proved to be road warriors, going 11-0 in away games.
Other members of the Petaluma team were Jenna Teagarden, Ellie O'Neill, Sophie Bihn, Megan Wells and Maddie Mehciz.