20 Mar 19
The Mercury News
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Player of the year
Haley Jones, Archbishop Mitty, 6-1, senior
The consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation validated her status by averaging 26.1 points, 12.1, 4.4 assists, 3.7 steals and 2.8 blocks en route to a fourth consecutive CCS Open Division title. The Stanford-bound standout was tabbed as the Naismith Trophy girls basketball player of the year after being named Gatorade California POY for a second time in a row. Full story here.
Klara Astrom, Pinewood, 5-9, senior
The Swiss Army knife — technically, she was born in Sweden — was indispensable as the Panthers became the first girls basketball team to claim back-to-back NorCal Open Division titles. The Yale-bound guard averaged 16.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.7 treys.
Ali Bamberger, Carondelet, 6-3 senior
The Washington-bound center is a versatile stretch-5 who anchored the Cougars to a trio of NCS Division I championships, culminating with a dominant performance in a 80-70 victory over Heritage in which she put up 28 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.
Angel Jackson, Salesian, 6-5, senior
A disruptive force in the paint, the USC-bound center — a McDonald’s All-American — filled up the scoresheet by averaging 16.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 1.3 steals, 1.0 assists per game. The Pride, which claimed a NCS Division III title, finished as NorCal Open runner-up after stunning No. 1 seed Mitty in the semifinals.
Kennedy Johnson, Bishop O’Dowd, 6-0, sophomore
Celebrated her 16th birthday by pouring in 32 points to claim the NCS Division II title and eventually helped the Dragons reach the NorCal D-I state final. She averaged 14.7 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals per game while shooting at a 39-percent clip from 3-point range.
Hannah Jump, Pinewood, 5-11, senior
The Stanford-bound sharpshooter set a career high with 11 3-pointers in a single game early in the season, as she averaged 16.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.9 treys. Named MVP of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division, she helped the Panthers advance to consecutive state finals in the Open Division.
Malia Mastora, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 5-10, junior
The active wing made an impact on both sides of the ball by averaging 14.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 steals, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 assists as a co-captain for the Pilots, who finished as the NCS Division III runner-up to Salesian and earned a No. 5 seed in the NorCal Open Division.
Mae Alexander, Oakland, 5-7, senior
The Oakland Athletic League MVP led the Wildcats to new heights as a state champion for the first time, finishing on a 19-game win streak that included league, section, NorCal and CIF titles.
Hunter Hernandez, Archbishop Mitty, 5-9, sophomore
The all-around talent was instrumental in the CCS Open Division final, a 71-52 rout of Pinewood, delivering a double-double with 21 points — on 10 of 12 shooting from the floor — and 12 rebounds. She averaged 11.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 steals.
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Ila Lane, Woodside Priory, 6-4, senior
A difference maker in the post, the UC Santa Barbara-bound center could be counted for a double-double on a nightly basis — she averaged 18.3 points and 11.9 rebounds — as the Panthers completed a CCS Division V three-peat.
Avery Lee, Menlo School, 5-8, sophomore
Nearly put up a triple double during the Division II state final as the Knights ended a 28-year drought without a CIF title. A steady influence throughout, the point guard averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.2 steals per game.
Mia Mastrov, Miramonte, 5-11, sophomore
The point guard pushed the Matadors into the NCS Division II title game after a regular season in which the team only suffered a pair of losses.
Jordan Sweeney, Heritage, 5-7, senior
The Idaho State-bound guard led the Patriots to another Bay Valley Athletic League title en route to MVP recognition, along with a fourth-straight appearance in NCS Division I final.
Zhane Duckett, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 5-6, senior
Averaged 10.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.5 assists while helping SJND reach the NCS Division III final and receive the No. 5 seed in the NorCal Open Division regional. The season ended with back-to-back losses to Salesian.
MaKayla Edwards, Salesian, 5-10, senior
Helped lead Salesian to the NCS Division III championship and to a stunning victory over top seed Archbishop Mitty in the semifinals of the NorCal Open Division regional. Bound for Hawaii, she averaged 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Jada Holland, Bishop O’Dowd, 5-6, senior
Outstanding defender and distributor. First-team all-West Alameda County Conference Foothill League selection. Bound for Grand Canyon University, she averaged 11.2 points and two steals per game as O’Dowd won the NCS Division II championship and the NorCal Division I crown. The Dragons lost to Rosary Academy-Fullerton in the Division I state final.
Audrey Moulton, California, 5-9, junior
First-team all-East Bay Athletic League pick averaged 16.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 5.3 steals for a team that finished 22-6 and lost in the NCS Division I quarterfinals.
Stephanie Okowi, Oakland Tech, 6-0, junior
Averaged 12.5 points per game as Oakland Tech won Division IV regional and state championships. In the state final, a 55-27 rout of Northview, Okowi pulled down a Division IV state final record 24 rebounds, to go with 16 points and seven blocks.
Annika Shah, Palo Alto, 5-3, sophomore
The definition of instant offense whether from beyond the arc or attacking the lane, it was rare for the SCVAL De Anza MVP to score fewer than 20 points for the CCS Division I runner-up Vikings — highlighted by a 41-point outburst in a 51-47 victory over Saratoga during an unbeaten league campaign.
Co-coaches of the year
Orlando Gray, Oakland; Steven Pezzola, Salesian
With so many great candidates to choose from, it was impossible to pick just one coach. More than a decade after guiding Oakland Tech to consecutive Division I state titles in 2004-05, this time it was rival Oakland that Gray took all the way to the promised land. The Wildcats rode a 19-game win streak to Golden 1 Center in Sacramento to claim the CIF Division III crown after a 51-35 triumph over McFarland. Meanwhile, Salesian coach Steven Pezzola navigated a tough schedule to deliver a third-straight NCS Division III title, then pulled off a stunner in the NorCal Open Division semifinals as the Pride upset top-seeded Archbishop Mitty on the road 44-41, thereby handing the Monarchs their only loss to a team from California.
Erica Adams, California, junior
Soana Afu, Sequoia, senior
Amadi Angelo, Castlemont, junior
Aniyah Augmon, Woodside Priory, sophomore
Leilani Augmon, Silver Creek, senior
Busola Ayiloge, Freedom, sophomore
Jamie Baum, Los Altos, sophomore
Dawson Bell, American, sophomore
Sabrina Belquist, Los Gatos, junior
Auxanne Beugre, Ygnacio Valley, senior
Amaya Bonner, Bishop O’Dowd, freshman
Mailie Bowers, Half Moon Bay, senior
Beverly Bradley, San Leandro, junior
Amira Brown, Salesian, sophomore
Elise Corwin, Wilcox, junior
Fallon Dexheimer, Valley Christian-San Jose, junior
Emilia Dougherty, Notre Dame-Belmont, senior
Morgan Dunbar, Oakland, senior
Madelene Ennis, St. Ignatius, senior
Ysobelle Eustaquio, Clayton Valley Charter, junior
Phoebe Fa’aita, James Logan, senior
Talita Falepapalangi, Sequoia, junior
Arianna Farinas, Heritage, senior
Mele Finau, Dublin, senior
Erica Fischer, Menlo-Atherton, senior
DeDe Franklin, Eastside Prep, junior
Yanira Gabourel, Berkeley, senior
Zion Gabriel, Eastside College Prep, senior
Anjel Galbraith, Salesian, senior
Trinity Gao, Homestead, senior
Grace Gebhardt, Acalanes, junior
Paige Gerhart, San Ramon Valley, junior
Lexi Givens, Alameda, junior
Mia Grizelj, St. Francis, senior
Mahika Gupta, Los Altos, senior
Kelly Heimburger, Presentation, junior
Sara Ho, Lynbrook, sophomore
Emily Howie, Carondelet, senior
Jasmine Huggins, Piedmont, senior
Destiny Jackson, Mt. Eden, senior
Ellie Jeffries, Palo Alto, senior
Lauren Kobashigawa, Acalanes, sophomore
Sahana Krishnamurthy, Cupertino, senior
Kaitlyn Leung, Pinewood, senior
Charlotte Levison, Sacred Heart Prep, junior
Lydian Li, Lynbrook, sophomore
Talo Li-Uperesa, Sacred Heart Cathedral, senior
Stefani Madrigal, Oak Grove, senior
Lydia Manu, Aragon, junior
Kayla Martillano, Andrew Hill, junior
Carly Martin, Palo Alto, sophomore
Jermila McElroy, Kennedy-Richmond, senior
Ania McNicholas, Mitty, senior
Erica Miller, Carondelet, senior
Tatyana Modawar, Carondelet, senior
Abigail Muse, Heritage, junior
Anna Neeley, Wilcox, senior
Sharon Nejad, Menlo School, freshman
Kyra Palmbush, Mountain View, senior
Kya Pearson, Oakland, sophomore
Jasmine Pon, El Camino, senior
Kaylee Pond, Acalanes, junior
Anika Prasad, Saratoga, junior
Morgan Riley, Willow Glen, senior
Kat Segovia, Clayton Valley Charter, senior
Tamelva Sadler, St. Patrick-St. Vincent
Tiffany Siu, Oakland Tech, senior
Ashmeen Sran, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, senior
Kaela Stonebarger, Mills, senior
Ashanti Stricklen, Kennedy-Fremont, junior
Mina Tameilau, Eastside Prep, senior
Becca Tasi, South San Francisco, senior
Emily Tincher, Amador Valley, senior
Brianni Travalini, Pittburg, junior
Ashley Trierweiler, Carlmont, senior
Paige Uyehara, St. Francis, senior
Ukiah Ware, Kennedy-Fremont, senior
Rebecca Welsh, Miramonte, junior
Shadae Williams, Antioch, senior
Nyah Willis, Valley Christian-San Jose, senior
Macy Woodworth, Berean Christian, senior
Conny Yang, Cupertino, senior
Maison Yee, Wilcox, sophomore
Zoe Zaharias, Sacred Heart Prep, senior
Who is eligible
Those eligible for all-Bay Area News Group teams come from leagues based predominantly in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The Bay Area News Group chooses the team.
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