Los Altos Hills Pinewood basketball coach Doc Scheppler couldn't say enough good things about his 5-foot-5 guard Sami Field-Polisso.
He called her an "unbelievable shooter" and compared her to Rod Williams, a former San Mateo Hillsdale and USF star.
"She can flat-out shoot," Scheppler said. "In practice she can go on runs where she makes 20 of 21 3-pointers. She gets into a rhythm and she's just like a machine.
"She also has great vision and is unselfish to a fault. She's a leader with a lot of integrity and is a 4.0 student. She's just a terrific girl."
Field-Polisso has led Pinewood (19-1) to two consecutive small-school state titles. This season she averages 17.4 points, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
The Sacramento State-bound star also makes about three 3-pointers per game.
Last season, as a junior, she made second-team All-Central Coast Section and first-team All-State in Division V.
A cool gunslinger on the court, Field-Polisso seems like a delight off the court. Her everyday speech is filled with "oh-my-goshes" as she speaks lovingly about her teammates, her coaches, playing at Pinewood, etc.
Pinewood, led by Field-Polisso, is going for its 10th consecutive Central Coast Section title and third consecutive state title. The school has won three state titles in all under Scheppler, who is known as the "Shot Doctor" for his shooting expertise.
"He's incredible," Field-Polisso said. "If I'm not shooting well, he knows exactly what I'm doing wrong. He's an amazing shooting coach."
Good genes have benefited
Field-Polisso. Her father, Jeff, played basketball and baseball at
Field-Polisso is the oldest of five athletic Field-Polisso children, who are active in such sports as soccer, basketball, baseball and gymnastics.
When it comes to basketball, the Panther basketball team is like her second family.
"I enjoy creating opportunities for my teammates and having as much fun as I can when I play," Field-Polisso said. "I just love the atmosphere at Pinewood. I have two wonderful coaches and wonderful teammates and it's a good atmosphere for playing. It's really a blast."
Holder of a 4.2 grade point average,
Field-Polisso had no difficulty qualifying for a basketball scholarship to
But first there's that quest for a 10th consecutive section title, another NorCal title and a third consecutive state title.
"We have a great opportunity," she said. "But the toughest part might be winning the NorCal title.
There are some awesome teams up here."