OGDEN, Utah — Montana forward Kayleigh Valley lit up scoreboards all over the Big Sky Conference last season, which resulted in first-team all-conference honors for the forward.
Valley was the original choice for Big Sky preseason MVP for the 2016-17 campaign, but an ACL injury will sideline her for the entire season. Montana State’s Peyton Ferris, in turn, assumes the MVP mantle.
Ferris, of Twin Bridges, averaged 15.0 points per game on 58 percent shooting last season, helping to lead the Bobcats to the league’s regular-season championship. She was named the conference’s reserve of the year.
The preseason all-conference team is filled with other players that had large impacts on their team performances. Included are Montana State’s Riley Nordgaard and Eastern Washington’s Delaney Hodgins.
Geraldine McCorkell of Idaho, last year’s Big Sky tournament champion, is on the all-conference team, as are Sacramento State’s Brianna Burgos and Southern Utah’s Jessica Richardson.