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.