Zane Sheckherd did well enough in her move back to basketball last year.
The 5-foot-10-inch Sheckherd , then a sophomore, did not amass big stats last year but she made some timely plays as Righetti shared the PAC 8 League title with Arroyo Grande.
She had not played basketball since junior high school, but decided to give up water polo to return to that sport. She played power forward last year.
Before the start of this season, second-year coach Desiree Domingues moved Sheckherd to the wing, and she has blossomed. Sheckherd has consistently scored in double figures since team scoring and rebounding leader Danita Estorga suffered a probable season-ending season to her left leg.
Estorga, who was averaging 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds a game, went out on Jan. 9, and Sheckherd has helped pick up the slack ever since. She is the Lee Central Coast Newspapers Girls All-Area Basketball Team Most Improved Player. Sheckherd was the unanimous choice among the LCCN sports staff.
"We moved her to a (wing), and shooting guard, and that's really helped her game," said Domingues. "With the way she handles the ball, she's played some point guard for us. She has really attacked the basket aggressively on offense, really done a good job."
Once the move took place during the summer, "I knew I'd have to work on my shooting outside, shooting the '3', my ball-handling," said Sheckherd.
Sheckherd said with a laugh, "There was a drill in practice involving this really fancy ball-handling technique, and I was the only one who couldn't do it."
Domingues said the junior has since delivered in all aspects of her game.
"I think she's one of the best athletes at our school. She's an excellent volleyball player. I think she could play basketball in college, but volleyball's her No. 1 sport."
Sheckherd was far and away the season kills leader, with 292, for Righetti's 2016 girls volleyball team.
When it comes to rebounding, "She has a nose for the ball, and as soon as the ball's shot, she knows where it's going," said Domingues. "Even if a girl is in front of the ball when it's shot, Zane will get to it because of her quickness."
Besides her scoring, Sheckherd averages six-plus rebounds a game for a team that is top-ranked in the CIF Southern Section's Division 2A.
This is the first time, at least in recent memory, that a Righetti girls basketball squad has a top divisional ranking.
Domingues, who is a full-time teacher at Righetti, said Sheckherd is solid in all parts of her game.
Sheckherd and Estorga go way back. "Danita is one of my friends I played basketball with when I was younger," said Sheckherd. After a recent win, Righetti point guard Maya Armenta said the rest of the team has dedicated the rest of the season to Estorga.