A pair of area girls basketball standouts had what you could describe as more than productive summers playing for their respective AAU competitive teams in recent major showcase tournaments.
Del Oro junior-to-be Maddie Parry, playing with the Just Believe Sports (JBS) team out of Sacramento, helped the Capital City Cagers win the championship of the 17-and-under silver division at the Adidas Summer Gauntlet in Atlanta, Georgia.
Parry, an All-Sierra Foothill League selection last season as a sophomore for the Lady Eagles, was named the MVP of the division after helping lead JBS to a 52-38 win over the Louisiana Jets in the finals.
In the semifinals, Parry bucketed 16 points in sparking JBS to a 61-49 win in the semifinals over Bears Tail Basketball of Bismarck, North Dakota.
“We played pretty well,” said Parry. “It was a lot of fun.”
Parry noted that she hopes her efforts will carry over to Del Oro’s prep season this season.
“I’m really looking forward to the upcoming year,” said Parry. “I think we have the potential to do well.”
Also having a strong summer was Colfax High junior to-be Grace Bliss. Bliss, a two-time All-Pioneer Valley League pick, was one of 25 players selected to the All-Earned Team at the Elite Is Earned Shootout held in Cartersville, Georgia.
Bliss, a 5-foot-10 guard-forward, played this summer with the Lady NorCal Dynasty, which also included Jenna Duley and Natalie Moulos of Del Oro, Keegan Linke of Lincoln and Rachel Loya of Golden Sierra.
According to NorCalRivals.com, “Bliss is a high-activity athlete who can play multiple spots on both ends. She attacks well on short drives using her strength and has very good passing vision to make the tough pass. Her jump shot is coming along to round out her scoring arsenal.”
“She is super athletic and can take anyone off the dribble,” Dynasty director Tom Tran said.
On defense, Bliss has good shot-blocking instincts, competes well as a post defender and is someone who can switch out onto the ball.
Bliss also participates in volleyball and track and field at Colfax. She holds school records in the 300-meter hurdles (44.76 seconds) and the long jump (17 feet, 5.75 inches).
She is ranked No. 21 in the latest class of 2020 player rankings by NorCalRivals.