Photo by Ray Rodriguez
The Dalles basketball players, pictured from left to right, Brooke McCall, Lori Cimmiyotti and Iliana Telles take a celebratory picture after being named to the Columbia River Conference All League team.
As of Friday, March 11, 2016
The Dalles juniors Iliana Telles and Brooke McCall picked up first-team all-league honors, and senior post Lori Cimmiyotti ended her hoops career with a second-team bid in helping lead the Hawks to 13 wins and second place in the Columbia River Conference.
“Our team really bonded together,” McCall said. “As a team, not one person can win a game and not one person can pass themselves the ball. Our team did a really good job of distributing the ball to each other.”
McCall, a 6-foot-1 inch junior forward, averaged 10.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, two steals and 1.2 blocks a game in nine league contests this season.
Whenever the team needed a big shot, rebound or a steady influence carrying the ball up the court, McCall was ready to deliver.
“My goal at the start was to strive to get better and be a better teammate,” McCall said. “I just tried to do whatever I could to help the team. Points are nice and everything, but it was nice to win. It was nice to have everyone there doing what they could to make everyone better.”
Telles admitted she did not have the best season of her career, but she still managed to drop a team-high 10.8 points a game and added 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals.
After losing in a play-in game this season, Telles and the rest of the returning Riverhawks are motivated to take their game to new heights next winter.
Telles is hoping for further development from Sierra Watson, Marissa Heemsah, Karen Jesch, Emma Weir, Ivorie Taylor, Kailin Hoylman, Jodi Thomasian and McCall.
“We had a lot of young girls who came in off the bench and showed that they deserved to be on the court,” Telles said. “It really made me happy because they didn’t know when they were going to play, but they were ready whenever they were asked to get in a game. When you have girls who are mentally prepared and ready, it keeps everyone on the same page. It shows me that these young girls want to be a part of the success in the future.”
As one of the taller girls on the TD roster, Cimmiyotti did her best work swinging her elbows in the paint.
The senior scored 5.8 points, had 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a game .
She gives credit to her father, Pat, who used to coach Lori’s traveling teams.
“It all started from just the basic offensive skills and he really taught me those and really helped my game progress, so I give all the credit to my dad for everything he taught me,” Lori said. “These past four years, I just tried to use those skills and learn a little bit more and try to do all of the little things well like rebounding, passing and making the right plays to help the team get better in every game we played.”