Girls’ Basketball All-Area Team!

April 25, 2010 by  

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: NICOLE HUNG, Harvard-Westlake, Sr.

She might not have possessed the explosive first step of teammate Nicole Nesbit or the physical strength of fellow senior Sydney Haydel, but the Princeton-bound talent had all the intangibles to lead Harvard-Westlake to back-to-back Southern Section titles and its first Div.IV state championship.

Hung averaged a team-leading 17.7 points, finishing her career with 1,836, third among local seniors behind Notre Dame’s Kody Burke (1,948) and Crescenta Valley’s Cassie Pappas (1,938). But the most impressive contribution by the Mission League MVP and Div.IV-AA co-player of the year was a team-best 9.0 rebounds per game. The 5-foot-11 Hung also averaged 2.2 assists and 2.1 steals, shooting 82 percent from the free-throw line and 46 percent from the field to help the Wolverines match an area record with 34 wins, including 30 in a row to conclude the season, capped by a 58-44 victory over St. Mary’s of Albany in the Div. IV state final.

FIRST TEAM

KATIE BROOKS, Oaks Christian, Sr.

The co-MVP of the Tri-Valley League with Oak Park’s Lauren Varney, Brooks capped her impressive career with 1,217 points and 1,017 rebounds. A Southern Section Div. IV-A first-team selection, Brooks led the Lions to a league title and a semifinal appearance, averaging 15.5 points and 10.8 rebounds.

KODY BURKE, Notre Dame, Sr.

One of the most dominant post players in area history, the North Carolina State-bound Burke averaged 22.7 points and 12.2 rebounds to lead the Knights to the Div.IV-AA quarterfinals. The Mission League and Div. IV-AA first-team selection, Burke concluded her career with 1,948 points and 1,255 rebounds.

CHANTEL DOOLEY, Montclair Prep, Sr.

The Olympic League MVP, Dooley was the catalyst for the Mounties’ run to the Southern Section Div. V-A final and the Southern California Div. V regional title game. The Long Beach State signee led Montclair Prep with 16.4 points, 10 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.6 steals, securing Div. V-A first-team honors.

MARGEAUX GUPILAN, Bell-Jeff, Sr.

After leading the Guards to the Div. V state championship last season, Gupilan helped Bell-Jeff compete against the toughest schedule in program history. The Santa Cruz League player of the year, Div. IV-A first-team and All CIF/All State pick averaged 13.8 points, 5.8 assists and 5.1 rebounds, leading the Guards to the Div. IV state tournament.

Gupilan will play her college ball at the University of Buffalo. (see press release here)

SYDNEY HAYDEL, Harvard-Westlake, Sr.

The All-Mission League and Div. IV-AA first-team selection played her best when the Wolverines needed it most in the Southern California regional finals and Div.IV state championship, elevating Harvard-Westlake to the program’s first state title. The Hawaii signee, who had 1,077 career points, averaged 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.

MONICA JACKSON, Chatsworth, Sr.

Jackson did her best to help the Chancellors overcome the loss of Gennifer Brandon to graduation, leading the area in scoring and ranking second in the state at 28.9 points per game. Jackson had nine games of at least 30 points and two of more than 40, in addition to averaging 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals to receive All-West Valley League honors.

BROOKE LEMAR, Canyon, Sr.

A Southern Section Div. II-AA first-team selection, Lemar helped Canyon capture its first Foothill League title in 36 years. The league MVP, who has signed with Southern Illinois, averaged a Foothill-best 14.9 points and 5.1 assists, along with 2.7 steals and a 46 percent clip from the field.

NICOLE NESBIT, Harvard-Westlake, Sr.

The UC Santa Barbara-bound point guard shared Div. IV-AA player of the year honors with teammate Nicole Hung after helping the Wolverines capture their second consecutive title. The Mission League standout, who finished her career with 1,521 points, averaged 14.4 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 steals and 3.1 rebounds.

BRITTANY OSTER, Agoura, Sr.

Oster’s work ethic and energy ignited the Chargers during their run to the program’s first Marmonte League title. The league MVP and Southern Section Div. III-AA first-team selection, who is headed to Redlands, helped Agoura win its first 29 games and reach the division final, averaging 16.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.4 steals.

CASSIE PAPPAS, Crescenta Valley, Sr.

The area’s scoring leader with 755 points, the Massachusetts-bound Pappas concluded her career with 1,938 points to finish third in program history. Pappas ranked fifth in the Southern Section with 25.2 points per game, in addition to 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals, to secure Pacific League co-MVP and Div. I-A first-team recognition.

SECOND TEAM

Brianna Barrett, Oaks Christian, Soph.

Sasha Borenstein, Agoura, Sr.

Jasmine Smith, Bell-Jeff, Soph.

Kylie Cunningham, Agoura, Soph.

Rmanii Haynes, Taft, Sr.

Destinee LaFountain, Royal, Sr.

Keiona Mathews, Antelope Valley, Soph.

Megan Musashi, Flintridge Prep, Sr.

Sarah Rebibo, El Camino Real, Sr.

Kim Scamman, Montclair Prep, Jr.

Trinidee Trice, Alemany, Sr.

Lauren Varney, Oak Park, Sr.

Layana White, Bell-Jeff, Jr.

COACH OF THE YEAR

STEVE SCIFRES, Agoura

Few area teams have enjoyed such a significant turnaround as the Chargers have in three seasons under Scifres. After Agoura more than doubled its win total from the 2007-08 season to last year, Scifres guided the Chargers (30-2) to the most successful season in program history, including their first Marmonte League title. With an up-tempo, run-and-gun offensive style and constant defensive pressure, Agoura averaged 68.7 points per contest on its way to winning 29 consecutive games and reaching the Div. III-AA final, the team’s first appearance in a division final.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

LESLIE LOPEZ-WOOD, Bell-Jeff, Fr.

Already one of the area’s top perimeter shooters, Lopez-Wood fit well into an already talented backcourt that included Margeaux Gupilan, Rishonda Napier, Layana White and Julia Tani. The Guards’ most efficient player from behind the arc, she had four games with at least five 3-pointers, including six as part of a 24-point effort against Corcoran in the first round of the Div. IV state tournament. With Margeaux Gupilan and Julia Tani graduating, Lopez-Wood will take on an increased role next season, but her efforts wereshe was instrumental in Bell-Jeff capturing the Santa Cruz League title and reaching the Div. IV-A semifinals.

TOP TEN RANKINGS

1. Harvard-Westlake (34-1)

2. Bell-Jeff (25-7)

3. Agoura (30-2)

4. Alemany (21-8)

5. Oaks Christian (24-6)

6. Montclair Prep (25-8)

7. Taft (16-10)

8. El Camino Real (23-8)

9. Canyon (22-7)

10. Crescenta Valley (24-6)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Alpha: Campbell Hall

Delphic: Sierra Canyon

East Valley: Grant

Foothill: Canyon

Golden: Antelope Valley

Heritage: Milken Community

Liberty: Providence

Marmonte: Agoura

Mission: Harvard-Westlake

Omega: West Valley Christian

Pacific: Muir

Pacific View: Rio Mesa

Prep: Pasadena Poly

Rio Hondo: La Canada

Santa Cruz: Bell-Jeff

Tri-Valley: Oaks Christian

Valley Mission: Monroe

West Valley: El Camino Real

GAME OF THE YEAR

HARVARD-WESTLAKE 61, BELL-JEFF 59

Div. IV state playoffs, March 11

The last in a trilogy of clashes between two elite programs was also the most thrilling, with Harvard-Westlake relying on two free throws from Skylar Tsutsui with 5.3 seconds left to win 61-59 in the regional quarterfinals. Harvard-Westlake also defeated the Guards — who tied the score at 59-59 on a layup by Layana White — at the Nike Tournament of Champions and in a nonleague game at last year’s Div. V state champion Bell-Jeff.

But the Wolverines relied on the comforts of home to prevail in the toughest of their eight postseason games, which culminated with a Div. IV state title.

Jack Pollon and Erik Boal/Daily News

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