No player was more crucial to her team’s success this season than Tenino senior Ashley Schow.
Schow is The Chronicle’s 2021-22 All-Area MVP after leading the Beavers to their first regional playoff berth in a decade and finishing second in the 1A District 4 tournament in February.
“I was honestly really surprised,” said Schow of being named all-area MVP. “There are a lot of talented girls in this area.”
Though Tenino would get edged by Toppenish at regionals (60-55), falling one win short of a trip to the state tournament in Yakima, Schow left her mark on the Beavers’ program. The 6-foot-1 Central Washington University-commit helped the Beavers double their win total this season from the year before, going 16-6.
Though she was co-1A Evergreen League MVP as a junior in 2021, Schow was snubbed this season and only earned first-team honors.
It was a prime example of the politics that go on in all-league high school voting. Schow lost co-MVP by two votes and didn’t even get a second-place vote by the coaches who didn’t vote her as MVP.
What can’t be disputed is Schow’s talent on the court. She was not only the leading scorer in The Chronicle’s coverage area — averaging 20.5 points per game — she was also the leading rebounder, hauling in 12 boards per contest. She added 3.5 assists and two blocks per game as well.
She did all of that while facing box-and-ones from nearly every opponent, meaning they had one player man-to-man on her while the rest sat in a zone and dared any other Tenino player to beat them. And the ones who didn’t run box-and-ones against the Beavers instead double- and triple-teamed Schow.
“All eyes were definitely on me, but a lot of my teammates stepped up,” Schow said.
Tenino coach Scott Ashmore said he’s never seen a high school basketball player face as many box-and-ones as Schow did this year.
“Because they knew if they could take her out of the game, they could beat us,” Ashmore said.
But her contributions go far beyond putting the ball in the basket. Not only is she a gifted scorer, obviously, but she’s a staunch defender as well.
“She affects so much more of the game than just offense,” Ashmore said. “When we run press, she’s at the front of it. She’s the hardest-working basketball player I’ve ever had. She plays full games and doesn’t come out unless she’s in foul trouble. She wants to be the best player out of everyone and sets a standard that’s hard for everyone else to follow.”
Now, Schow, who’s been playing basketball since second grade, is playing tennis in the spring before finishing out her senior year and heading to join Central Washington University’s women’s basketball team — who she committed to in 2021.
“They won the (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) so I’m excited to get the chance to keep that going,” Schow said.
Drea Brumfield, W.F. West
The Chronicle’s reigning MVP heading into the season, Brumfield didn’t let up in her senior year, breaking the Bearcats all-time scoring record and guiding them to a top-five finish at state, averaging 15.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, four blocks and drilling 54 3-pointers.
Natalie Sumrok, Tumwater
The Thunderbird senior was one of two 2A Evergreen Conference MVPs, averaging 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals to lead the T-Birds to a district championship and a state appearance.
Aubrey Amendala, Tumwater
The T-Birds other league MVP, Amendala averaged 14.6 points, 5.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game to help Tumwater cut down nets at the district tournament and earn a state berth.
Payton Torrey, Mossyrock
The junior guard stuffed the statsheet for the Vikings this season, averaging 20.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.1 steals and four assists per game to help Mossyrock to a top-six finish at the state tournament.
Addison Hall, Winlock
The Cardinals’ do-it-all workhorse, Hall averaged 19.7 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and five assists per game, boasting one of the most well-rounded skill sets in the Chronicle’s coverage area.
Karlee Von Moos, Adna
Von Moos was the catalyst for the Pirates late run in the season, averaging 11.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 1.6 assists per game to help Adna to a third-place finish at districts and a state tournament appearance.
Faith Boesch, Rainier
One of the strongest shooters in The Chronicle’s coverage area, Boesch torched teams from behind the 3-point line, averaging 15.1 points per game and making 102 3-pointers over 27 games. Her 11 makes from deep in a district tournament win over Forks stand as an all-time tournament record.
Callie Lawrence, Onalaska
Ony’s scrappy forward averaged 11.7 points, seven rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.7 assists per game, and helped lead one of the Central 2B’s top defenses this season for the Loggers.
Kyla McCallum, W.F. West
The Bearcats’ single season and single game assist record holder, McCallum averaged 6.6 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 steals for W.F. West, helping them finish fifth at state. Her 209 assists this season are an all-time program record, and 101 steals have her sitting second-most in a single season.