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Cream Rises To Top Herbert Named A-1’S Best; Ruen Also On First Team

Lindsay Herbert anticipated disappointment, especially after a second consecutive year of disappointment at state.

So when the Lake City High girls basketball standout learned this week that she was voted State A-1 player of the year she was more than tickled.

“I didn’t expect it this year after we came up short again at state,” Herbert said. “So I was surprised. I thought us not winning state might weigh on the outcome.”

Sometimes being the best transcends falling short of expectations.

The girls basketball All-State teams were published today in the Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise. The newspaper coordinates the honors each year through votes of the coaches statewide.

Herbert, a 6-foot guard bound for the University of Utah, had her most consistent year statistically, finishing with a 14.9 points scoring average. She led LC to a 20-0 regular season record and the inaugural Border League title. The T-Wolves were ranked No. 1 all season before watching their unblemished record fall in their state opener. They bounced back to capture the fourth-place trophy.

A four-year letterman, Herbert was a reserve on LC’s state championship team as a freshman in 1994-95. LC finished fifth the next year and fourth her final two seasons.

“She deserves it,” LC coach Dave Stockwell said. “Her versatility was her great calling card. She was the total package. She should buy some sunglasses because her future’s very bright.”

Herbert was joined on the first team by Post Falls junior wing Janelle Ruen, perhaps the heir apparent to Herbert’s honor.

Ruen led a late-season charge by the Trojans that resulted in a third-place finish at state. She and three other starters return next year, making Post Falls an early favorite to improve on its state finish.

She averaged 13 ppg, but equally important were her other contributions. She averaged seven rebounds, five steals, four assists and two blocked shots.

Others named to the A-1 first team were Kristinya Birch of Centennial, Melissa Boyle of Centennial, and Emily Gaythwaite of Eagle.

LC’s 6-4 senior post Alison Asher was a second-team pick. She’s headed to University of Portland. Teammate Laura Dodge, a junior wing, was honorable mention.

Four other area players earned All-State recognition.

Moscow senior guard Anna Allen was named to the A-2 first team. Bonners Ferry senior wing Amber Paulson was selected to the second team and teammate Sarah Walter, a senior point guard, was honorable mention.

Kootenai senior post Jamie Bornitz was named honorable mention in A-4.

Senior guard Jessica Johnson of Troy was named the A-4 player of the year for a third straight year. Senior forward Sara Cameron of Rimrock was named second team posthumously. She died in a car accident the night before the state tournament.

Jaci McCormack, a sophomore guard from Lapwai, was named A-3 player of the year for a second consecutive year. She led unbeaten Lapwai (26-0) to the state title.

Two other Lapwai players, both underclassmen, were named to the A-3 first team.

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