34 Bella Dioli
The Half Moon Bay High School girls basketball team earned a slew of all-league honors this season. No. 34 Alli Dioli was named MVP of the Peninsula Athletic League North.

The Half Moon Bay High School varsity girls basketball team finished the regular season 21-3 overall and blitzed the Peninsula Athletic League to finish 11-1 and take the league title before engaging in the Central Coast Section playoffs.

The combination of coaching and the players’ ability had given the team a way to play multiple styles. It can go up-tempo and run, rain 3-pointers from outside or grind its way into the paint.

That versatility has not gone unnoticed around the league.

Last week, the league announced all-league honors, and from the looks of it, the Cougars are in good hands going forward.

Alli Dioli was named the PAL-North MVP, a rare accolade for a freshman. As the season progressed, the forward’s skills and confidence grew to the point where she became the go-to scoring option. Her consistency helped the Cougars break away from the PAL-North and maintain their status in the tail end of the season. 

In the Feb. 5 game against Westmoor High School, Dioli went off for 27 points to lead the Cougars past the Rams and break a first-place tie in the league. Junior forward Genevieve Belmonte, who earned first-team all-league recognition as well, added 16 points that game.  

Sophomore Abby Kennedy earned her second consecutive first-team nod. Point guard Abby Co was named to the second-team. The sophomore point guard was the primary ballhandler and point guard throughout the season.

Senior Bella Dioli and junior Maya Rippenberger both got honorable mentions. 

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