We are giving the power of the VOTE to the fans.
Look at the list of the SoCal Prep Legends’ best basketball players and select who you think should be honored as the SCPL Girls Basketball Player of the Year for 2016.
Each player description is linked to a more elaborate description of the player’s 2015-16 season.
The USC-bound Higgins had an impressive overall statline on a nightly basis with 20.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 6.1 steals and 2.2 blocks per game in earning the CIF-SS Open Division Player of the Year award.
The Duke-bound Odom delivered at an incredible pace on a nightly basis, averaging 21.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.1 blocks per game. Odom had her virtuoso performance in the playoffs, enduring pain in her knee and the mental stress of the injury to make sure Chaminade would not be denied in her senior season.
Long Beach Poly
Jones served in the role of breadwinner for the Jackrabbits, as a consistent post presence who averaged 13.6 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, 3.9 steals per game, and two assists per game. Jones also will spend her offseason from Poly playing with an elite club program, Team Taurasi.
Hamlin, the league MVP, made first team All-CIF and finished her senior year averaging 12 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. She saved some of her best performances for some of Redondo’s most important games, such as a career-high 21 rebounds in a Jan. 26 overtime win over rival Mira Costa.
Playing Cajon’s most challenging schedule in years, if not ever, Washington still had eye-popping statistics: leading Cajon with 22.4 points per game, 13.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocked shots per game. She also had 2.8 assists and 3.3 steals earning another Player of the Year award.
McLaughlin averaged 14.6 points and 5.3 assists and earned Most Valuable Player honors in the Baseline League for the second consecutive year. She is also the Daily Bulletin’s girls basketball Player of the Year for leading the Eagles to yet another league title as well as a strong showing in the CIF Southern Section Open Division.
By leading Brea to a 29-4 overall record and an unprecedented 10th state title, Richardson added her name to the list of the school’s all-time greats, as well as the list of the county’s top talents in recent history. As the lone senior – and clear No. 1 scoring option – for the Ladycats, the 5-foot-10 guard averaged 21-plus points a game for the season, and she became an almost unstoppable force in the state playoffs, where she averaged 24 points per game.
Eaton, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward, helped Rowland finish a remarkable 25-3 while averaging a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Eaton’s most memorable game came in a clutch 66-64 second-round playoff win over Thousand Oaks in which she scored a career-high 25 points to go with 13 rebounds. Loyola Marymount, Hawaii, U.C. Riverside and other schools are starting to notice her all-around game.
Song averaged 23.4 points per game, capable of doing damage inside and out, as evidenced by her 76 3-pointers. Song lead Keppel High School to another Almont League championship, a deep run in the CIF playoffs and 25 wins. Song is the Star-News Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Smith averaged double-digit scoring in the playoffs, including scoring 14 points in quarterfinal and semifinal wins over St. Monica Academy (57-44) and Rosary (48-46), respectively, before a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds in a 45-44 victory over Duarte in the title game.
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