While an 0-2 performance at the state tournament wasn’t exactly what they had in mind, the Fruitland girls basketball team still ended its 2019-2020 season with a high head as the Grizzlies returned to the big dance for the first time since 2015. 

And closing the season with a 15-11 record and second place in the Snake River Valley, the Grizzlies are also coming home with some all-league hardware. 

Senior guard Abby Smith led the Grizzlies this winter as the team’s court leader and was always one of Fruitland’s top scorers. Smith was named to the All-SRV first team. 

Made Fritts, a junior guard who is capable of putting up three-pointers in a hurry and scoring en masse was also named to the All-SRV first team. 

Coming off the bench, Fruitland freshman Abbi Roubidoux was one of the Grizzlies’ most dynamic playmakers this winter. Roubidoux was the Grizzlies’ top scorer in the district championship game and helped tie the game at halftime. Roubidoux was named to the All-SRV second team and was also an honorable mention for the 3A girls basketball All-Tournament Team. 

Payton Fritts, Grace Johnson and Graycie Huff were all honorable mentions for the all-league teams. 

Finishing with a 9-15 record, the Payette girls basketball team finished one of its best seasons in 20 yearsunder new head coach Rashell LeBow. 

Madisyn Collingwood, the Pirates’ sophomore post, was named to the all-league second team. 

Kendyl Parsons, Lea Menchaca and Yixcel Granados were all honorable mentions. 

Parma’s Mike Calkins was named Coach of the Year while Parma’s Adyson Harris was the Player of the Year.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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