Maddey Pflaumer is named 4A KingCo Player of the Year
March 1, 2011
By Bob Taylor
The Issaquah High School girls basketball team could always count on Maddey Pflaumer this season. Whether she played forward or point guard, the 5-foot-11 senior always gave the Eagles her best.
Pflaumer’s efforts were noticed by other 4A KingCo Conference coaches, too. When the league’s coaches got together to select the all-conference team, Pflaumer was chosen as the 4A KingCo’s Player of The Year.
“She did a fantastic job for us this year,” Issaquah coach Kathy Gibson said. “When I called her to tell her she was selected as MVP, she was surprised.”
The fact Pflaumer was selected to the all-league team wasn’t a huge surprise to others; she was regarded as one of KingCo’s top returning players when the season began. Pflaumer was selected to the all-league first team as a junior, and prior to this season, signed a national letter of intent to play for Seattle Pacific University.
But Pflaumer was given new responsibilities at mid-season when senior point guard Blaire Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury. Pflaumer was switched to point guard.
“Maddey really stepped up and carried us. She wasn’t a true point guard, but she did what we needed her to do. She really rose to the occasion,” Gibson said. “Other coaches in the league recognized her performance.”
Pflaumer finished the season averaging 14.7 points a game and ranked fifth among league scorers. In the final 12 games of the season, Pflaumer scored double figures 11 times.
“When we needed a basket, she always found a way. She has a nose for the basket,” Gibson said.
Besides scoring, Pflaumer demonstrated other skills.
“This year, she became a better rebounder for us and she was a great shot blocker,” Gibson said.
Pflaumer’s efforts helped Issaquah post a 13-1 league record and win the Crest Division title for the second straight year. Issaquah finished the season overall at 17-7.
Gibson looks forward to following Pflaumer’s career at Seattle Pacific.
“I think she will have a nice career there. She will be a big joy for her next coach,” Gibson said.
Brady, who missed the final 10 games of the regular season, was highly regarded as a point guard when the season began. She had signed a national letter of intent with Idaho State University. KingCo coaches didn’t overlook her on the all-KingCo team. Brady was selected to the second team.
“That was quite an honor, considering only half of the league’s coaches saw her play. I think most coaches realized that she was one of the better players, and she would have been a first-team player if she hadn’t got hurt,” Gibson said.
The all-KingCo team first-team included two other repeats: Ali Forde, of Woodinville, and Taylor Peacocke, of Inglemoor. The first-team also included Garfield’s Nyasha Sarju, the league’s scoring champion with a 19.4 per-game average, and Eastlake’s Kendra Morrison.
Joining Brady on the second team was Skyline’s Megan Wiedeman, who led the league in rebounding; Chanel Cambronero, of Newport; Catherine Killian, of Roosevelt; and Cora McManus, of Garfield.
Receiving honorable mention were Sabrina Norton, of Issaquah; and Michelle Bretl, Lindsey Nicholson and Haley Smith, of Skyline.
The 4A KingCo boys team included two Skyline players — Kasen Williams and Will Parker.
Williams, Parade magazine’s Football Player of The Year, also demonstrated his skills in basketball this winter. He was selected to the all-league first team. Williams, a 6-foot-4 forward, averaged 13.3 points a game and helped the Spartans finish in a tie for first place in the Crest Division.
Completing the first team were Garfield’s Tony Wroten and Glenn Brooks, Redmond’s Jason Harrington, Inglemoor’s Eric Bryant and Ballard’s Salim Gloyd. Wroten, bound for the University of Washington, was selected as the league’s MVP.
Parker was picked on the second team with Joey Reavley, of Woodinville; Andy Nwaelele, of Inglemoor; and Cole Wiper and Isaac Dotson, of Newport.
There were some surprises as far as players who were not picked for the first or second teams. Zach Lavine, of Bothell, led the league in scoring and Issaquah’s Nick Price, who ranked fourth in league scoring, received only honorable mention.
“I can’t beef about the kids who made it because they are all good players,” Issaquah coach Jason Griffith said. “But I was surprised that Nick didn’t get second team. He led our division (Crest) in scoring (20.9) and teams were always focusing on him. He had a great junior year and really carried us.”
Issaquah teammates Nik Landdeck and Fletcher Martin also received honorable mention. Other players receiving honorable mention were Bryan Cikatz, Jonah Eastern and Lucas Shannon, of Skyline.
Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.