Women's Basketball

Women's basketball team celebrates at end of year banquet

Courtesy of On My Game Photography
Courtesy of On My Game Photography

The Irvine Valley women's basketball team celebrated a special 2018-19 season with its team banquet last week.

Irvine Valley won its second straight Orange Empire Conference title this past season and reached the regional playoff final.

The Lasers ended with a record of 23-6 overall and 12-2 in conference.

Julie Hanks, who was named the conference's coach of the year, celebrated the team and its accomplishments.

And she handed out a few awards.

Sophomore guard Lexi Vail was named the most valuable player of the team. Sophomore forward Ryane Bradbury was given the most improved award and sophomore forward Natasha Dillon received the coaches character award.

Vail was named the conference most valuable player and also selected first team all-state by the California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

On the year, she averaged 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She was a two-year starter for the Lasers, helping lead the squad to its second-ever state tournament appearance during the 2017-18 season.

Bradbury had a breakout year for IVC this past season. She started 28 of 29 games and averaged 7.1 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. Bradbury recently signed with NAIA Simpson University in Redding.

Dillon was also a two-year player for the Lasers and an important bench player and leader for IVC.

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