Rigsby, Higuera sweep 3A WSL individual honors for Cardinals
Capping off a terrific career in the black, red and white of the Grand Valley Cardinals, senior guard Kylyn Rigsby was awarded the 3A Western Slope League Player of the Year award.
Rigsby, who is heading to Colorado Mesa University next fall to play basketball, helped lead the Cardinals to the 3A WSL regular season title by averaging 18.9 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, 4.8 assists and 3.7 steals.
The senior guard edged out Olathe’s Miranda Pacheco for the award.
Along with Rigsby winning the Player of the Year award, Grand Valley Head Coach Jake Higuera won a share of the Coach of the Year award with Basalt Head Coach Kat Fitzpatrick.
Higuera led the Cardinals to a 16-8 record and a berth in the second round of the regional playoffs, while Fitzpatrick led the Longhorns to a 5-16 record.
Along with Rigsby, sophomore guard Shaya Chenoweth and senior forward Bailey Rowe represented Grand Valley on the First Team All-Conference list.
Rowe averaged 11.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, while Chenoweth finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points per game, 3.5 steals and 2.9 assists per game.
Outside of the trio of Cardinals, Roaring Fork senior forward Cindy Salinas earned a First Team All-Conference berth for the Rams.
Salinas led the Rams to a 9-11 record, averaging 9.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
On the Honorable Mention team, Grand Valley saw two freshmen in forward Loghan Teter (3.1 points, 3.8 rebounds) and guard Jordyn Pittman (3.0 points, 3.3 rebounds) earn berths on the team in their first seasons at the varsity level for the league champion Cardinals.
Roaring Fork senior guards Lily Ramos (4.4 points, 4.3 rebounds) and Ashley Hall (3.7 points, 3.3 assists) represented the Rams on the Honorable Mention team, while Basalt saw juniors Kate Schrock (8.7 points) and Cintia Miramontes (8.4 points, 4.9 rebounds) earn spots on the team.
For Coal Ridge, senior forward Kaitlyn Harlow was the lone Titan to earn a spot on the team. Harlow averaged 5.2 points and 6.6 rebounds for Coal Ridge.
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