It’s hard to beat the best team in the league … more or less the state.
Division IV champion Waterford landed a league-best four selections on the 2015-16 All-Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division girls basketball team that was released Monday by TVC officials.
The Lady Wildcats (16-0) posted their second straight unbeaten season in conference play while also giving the TVC Hocking not only its second OHSAA girls basketball state champion in three years, but also the conference’s fourth consecutive appearance in the D-4 Final Four — as well as the third straight year with a state finalist.
Waterford — which went 28-1 overall this winter — had three repeat all-league selections from 2014-15, including this year’s Most Valuable Player choice of senior Dani Drayer.
Senior Regan Porter and sophomore Alli Kern were also repeat choices to the All-TVC Hocking squad, while sophomore Megan Ball picked up her first selection.
Eastern (13-3) — the 2013-14 Division IV state champions — finished second in the league standings and came away with three selections, including a repeat selection for junior Laura Pullins.
Sophomore Elizabeth Collins and freshman Jess Parker both came away with their first all-league accolades in girls basketball for the Lady Eagles.
Trimble (8-8) — despite placing fifth out of nine teams — joined EHS with three selections, including a repeat choice in senior Nikki Kish.
Senior Morgan Murphy was also chosen to the All-TVC Hocking squad for the Lady Tomcats, while Joe Richards was named the league’s coach of the year.
Southern (12-4) finished third in the league standings and had two choices to the squad, including a repeat selection for junior Faith Teaford. Senior Ali Deem also earned her first all-league selection in girls basketball.
Belpre (11-5) was fourth and was represented by senior Hannah Lawrentz and junior Cheyenne Barker. Lawrentz was the lone repeat selection of the two.
South Gallia placed sixth with a 5-11 league mark and was represented by a pair of repeat performers in senior Mikayla Poling and Ashley Northup.
Federal Hocking (4-12) ended up seventh and was represented by juniors Hannah Dunfee and Destiny Tabler. Senior Sanae Dutiel was a repeat choice for Miller (3-13) and senior Olivia Hill was a repeat selection for Wahama (0-16) as well.
The All-TVC Hocking teams are determined by a vote from league coaches within the division.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.