Girls Athlete of the Week

VOTE: SoCal Prep Legends Girls Athlete of the Week

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Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from Jan. 1 to Jan. 6, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 12.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

McKenna Hutchison
Hutchison captured first place in the 137-pound weight class at the Napa Valley Classic, the largest girls wrestling tournament in the country. She won all five of her matches by pin, the highlight being one in 42 seconds against Candice Corralejo of Del Oro, the defending state champion at 131 pounds. Hutchison improved her record this season to 17-0 with all wins by pin. She placed fourth in the state last year at 131 pounds, despite being slowed for much of the season by a shoulder injury.

Sophia Santangelo
Villa Park
The freshman made a single-game, school-record nine 3-pointers en route to 31 points to help the Spartans beat visiting Mission Viejo 73-29 in a nonleague game. Santangelo sank five shots from beyond the 3-point arc in first period and finished 9 for 16. “You don’t see it very often,” Villa Park coach Brad Willis said of the performance. “It’s pretty special.” Santangelo’s previous high for 3-pointers in a game was five. Her outburst raised her season-average to 10 ppg.

Ryann Payne
Sierra Canyon
Ryann Payne filled the stat sheet last week. The TCU-bound guard tallied 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds on Thursday’s 64-33 win against Central (Fresno). Two days later, Payne scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds on Saturday in a marquee 62-58 win over Etiwanda.

Naomi Yim
Yim on Thursday turned in her seventh 20-point-plus performance of the season, tying a season-high with 26 points in a 54-48 nonleague win over Great Oak. She is averaging 18.8 points and 4.7 assists per game for the Cougars, who begin Big VIII League play this week.

Aremesha Rivers
Compton Centennial
Rivers had 19 points and three steals in the Apaches’ 40-30 win over Hawthorne on Friday.

Alyssa Munn
Munn, a sophomore guard, was selected the MVP of the Legacy Winter Classic, helping the Sea Hawks to the title. She scored 12 points in the 55-48 win over Fairfax in the finals. In five games last week, Munn averaged seven points, five assists, four steals and two steals a game.

Madison Warren
South Hills
Warren is among the Southern Section’s leading scorers with 24 goals and was named the most valuable player in leading the Huskies to the Claremont tournament title over the holiday break. After scoring a goal with two assists in a 3-0 semifinal victory over South Pasadena, Warren scored both goals in the 2-1 victory over host Claremont to claim the title.

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