Perhaps the most talked about players on the girls 1989 Times All-Southeast High School Basketball Team are the three underclassmen--sophomores Brenda Pantoja of Bell Gardens and Angelina Marin of Glenn, and junior Patrice Hall of Pius X.
Some observers of girls basketball have called Pantoja, who averaged 16 points and six assists a game, one of the best sophomores in the state.
“She has Division I size and skills (already),” Montebello Coach William Bowley said of the 5-foot-7 Pantoja.
Marin, who scored 45 points in one game, was the highest scorer on the All-Southeast team with a 23.4 average.
Hall, a repeater on the team and maybe its best athlete, averaged 22.7 points.
Bell Gardens and Downey were the only schools to place two players on the team.
Joining Pantoja on the team from Bell Gardens is Jeanne Amos. Pantoja and Amos were named co-most valuable players in the Whitmont League.
Downey’s representatives are Heide Crammer, who at 5-11 is the tallest player on the team, and Shannon Hawkins.
A look at the All-Southeast team:
Patrice Hall, Pius X--The Camino Real League MVP, she had league averages of 25 in points and 21 in rebounds. “She’s not intimidated by anybody, and won’t give up,” Pius X Coach Bob Santisteven said of Hall, who is All-Southeast for the second straight year. A great athlete, she also is on her school’s track team.
Brenda Pantoja, Bell Gardens--Only a sophomore, the 5-7 Pantoja is already being called a sure Division I college player by scouts. She averaged 16 points and six assists a game, was co-MVP of the Whitmont League and made the first teams in the Gahr and Downey tournaments. She has good quickness and can run a team and control the tempo of a game.
Jeanne Amos, Bell Gardens--The 5-8 Amos, who averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds, made The Times’ all-star team for the second year in a row. Tough on offense and defense, she and teammate Pantoja were co-MVPs in the Whitmont League.
Rose Red, Pioneer--A 5-4 guard, Red holds five school records, including most career points, 1,019. This season she averaged 15.6 points, four assists, five steals and five rebounds. In a CIF Southern Section 4-A second-round playoff game against top-ranked Palos Verdes, she scored 20 points. “She has heart and knows how to win,” praised one opposing coach.
Rolynn Rienstra, Valley Christian--"She could read what was going on on the court at all times,” Valley Christian Coach Liz Metcalfe said of this center who averaged 19.3 points a game for the 22-5 Crusaders. An aggressive defensive player, she could be depended upon to come up with steals when Valley Christian applied its full-court press.
Shannon Hawkins, Downey--A guard, she led the Vikings’ fast break, scoring often on breakaway layups. She made All-San Gabriel Valley League for the third straight year and averaged 14.3 points a game. She also was second on the Vikings team in assists.
Heide Crammer, Downey--Like Hawkins, Crammer is a three-year all-league player. A center on a 19-8 team that tied for second in the San Gabriel Valley League, she averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and 3 steals. “She’s not real strong but her quickness enabled her to get by bigger people,” said Downey Coach Bob Newnam.
Angelina Marin, Glenn--A fast sophomore with a good first step, she already is described as a blue-chip college prospect by her coach, Rich Drake. She averaged 23.4 points a game and scored a school-record 45 in one contest. She also shot 52% from the field and averaged 12 rebounds a game. “If she works on her outside shot, she can average 30 points a game next year,” Drake said.
Cameron Inouye, Schurr--Inouye averaged 15 points and five assists for the Spartans, who were CIF Southern Section playoff quarterfinalists. “She’s very intense, you could always depend on her,” Coach Steve Terry said. Inouye was at her best in the playoffs, averaging 24 points in three games. She dribbles well with either hand, has 3-point range and is aggressive (58 steals) on defense.
Wendi Franson, Whittier--A smart player who has been involved in the game since she was in the fourth grade, Franson led the Cardinals in scoring with a 17-point average, despite being hindered most of the season with a sprained ankle. A good shooter from 3-point range, she also likes to drive past defenders to the basket. Franson averaged six rebounds from her forward position.
The all-star boys and girls teams, each consisting of 10 members, their coaches and parents will be guests of The Times at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at the annual Times High School Basketball Awards Brunch where all-stars teams from 12 circulation areas will be honored at the Anaheim Hilton. The featured speaker will be George Yardley, a former All-American at Stanford University, who went on to become the first player ever to score more than 2,000 points in an NBA season. The players and the coaches of the year from each area will be announced.
The teams were chosen on the basis of a poll of area coaches, who are asked to fill out ballots nominating their own players and opponents, plus the observations of college scouts and sportswriters. Each player will recieve the traditional Times golden basketball plaque and award certificate. Name: Patrice Hall School: Pius X Year: Junior Height: 5-9 Average: 22.7 Name: Brenda Pantoja School: Bell Gardens Year: Sophomore Height: 5-7 Average: 16.0 Name: Jeanne Amos School: Bell Gardens Year: Senior Height: 5-8 Average: 13.0 Name: Rose Red School: Pioneer Year: Senior Height: 5-4 Average: 15.6 Name: Rolynn Rienstra School: Valley Christian Year: Senior Height: 5-10 Average: 19.3 Name: Shannon Hawkins School: Downey Year: Senior Height: 5-7 Average: 14.3 Name: Heide Crammer School: Downey Year: Senior Height: 5-11 Average: 13.0 Name: Angelina Marin School: Glenn Year: Sophomore Height: 5-8 Average: 23.4 Name: Cameron Inouye School: Schurr Year: Senior Height: 5-4 Average: 15.0 Name: Wendi Franson School: Whittier Year: Senior Height: 5-7 Average: 17.0