Trimmer headlines All-Area girls team

West Branch junior Melinda Trimmer sees things on the floor before they happen.

“Melinda is a complete player,” West Branch coach Walt DeShields said. “She can score and sees the floor really well. She’s the best at that I’ve seen as a coach. She has a knack of knowing where the double team is coming from and can pass out of it.”

Trimmer, who led the Warriors in scoring and assists for a third straight season, is the Morning Journal’s 2013-14 All-Area girls basketball player of the year.

“She has a passion for the game, is a student of the game and really understands the game,” DeShields said.

She averaged 17.9 points, 6.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals a game this season. She also shot 34 percent from three-point range and 82 percent from the foul line.

Trimmer and fellow junior Pavin Heath, also a first-team All-Area selection, led the Warriors to a 23-4 record and their first district title since the 2004 state championship team.

South Range’s Tony Matisi is the coach of the year after guiding the Raiders to their winningest season ever.

After a highly-successful run at Lowellville, Matisi took over the Raiders as they went a shool-best 23-4, won their first district championship since 1998 and claimed a share of the Inter-Tri County League upper tier title.

Joining Trimmer and Heath on the first team are United senior Mackenzie Gatchel, Columbiana junior Baylie Mook, East Liverpool junior Nikayla Edgell, South Range senior Starla Sharp, Springfield junior Callie Ford and Crestview senior Anna Hardenbrook.

Trimmer is on the first team for a third straight year, while Heath and Gatchel also were first-team selections last year.

See Saturday’s Morning Journal for the complete All-Area girls team.