The Times' All-Star girls' basketball team

The Times' All-Star girls' basketball team
Long Beach Poly's Tania Lamb, right, and Berkeley's Breona Eskridge battle for a loose ball during Poly's victory in the CIF state Division I championship game on March 22. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Katie Lou Samuelson, Santa Ana Mater Dei, 6-3, senior

The Gatorade national player of the year made 115 three-pointers while averaging 29.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. She signed with Connecticut.


Valerie Higgins, Chaminade, 6-0, junior

Using her relentless defensive pressure and versatility, Higgins helped lead the Eagles to the Southern Section Open Division championship. She averaged 14.9 points and 9.8 rebounds.

Leaonna Odom, Chaminade, 6-2, junior

Odom came through in big games all season. She averaged 17.5 points and 6.6 rebounds in helping the Eagles defeat Mater Dei twice.

Lauren Saiki, Keppel, 5-3, senior

The West Virginia-bound Saiki led Keppel to the state Division II title game with her passing, dribbling and offensive contributions. She averaged 14 points and 10 assists.

Kennedy Burke, Sierra Canyon, 6-4, senior

The UCLA-bound Burke helped Sierra Canyon win its third consecutive state title. Her inside play, rebounding and ability to run up and down the court made her tough to contain.

Jaelyn Brown, Vista Murrieta, 6-1, junior

Brown used her size and aggressiveness to average 17.9 points and 11.4 rebounds.

Jasmine Jones, West Torrance, 5-11, sophomore

Jones made major improvement even after a standout freshman season last year. She averaged 17.9 points and 11.4 rebounds and was named Division 1A player of the year.

Emily Surloff, Windward, 5-9, senior

The Division 1AA player of the year was a top three-point shooting threat and averaged 17 points. She is headed to Columbia.


Tania Lamb, Long Beach Poly, 5-7, senior

Headed to Pittsburgh, Lamb averaged 15.8 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Jackrabbits.

La'Tecia Smith, Narbonne, 5-7, senior

Smith, who is headed to Seton Hall, averaged 18.3 points and 7.6 rebounds as a four-year standout for the Gauchos.