What Lori Pawinski did with her St. Bernard team and what Joi Turner, one of Pawinski's top players, did with a ball were the stories of the year in Westside girls high school basketball.
For their accomplishments, Pawinski is The Times Westside coach of the year and Turner the player of the year.
Pawinski, 27, led St. Bernard to its first Southern Section championship as the team took the III-A division title and advanced to the semifinals of the Southern California playoffs, where the Vikings were beaten by an overpowering Palos Verdes High team.
Turner, a 5-4 off-guard, was a magician with a basketball in hand and a great danger to opposing players when they were handling the ball. She averaged 20 points, 3.3 steals and 2.1 assists.
Pawinski said that she learned her basketball as an assistant to Monica Westhead for three years and from Westhead's father Paul, coach of the Denver Nuggets and former Loyola Marymount coach.
She said that the Westheads taught her to fast break on offense and press relentlessly on defense, and she used that system to great advantage, winning two league championships in two years as coach at St. Bernard. Seven players from last season's team graduated, and this season Pawinski started a lineup that included a freshman and two sophomores.
Turner will be around to plague opponents for the next two seasons. She is the first sophomore girl to win honors as The Times player of the year.
Other players on the all-star team include Alana Collins of University and her sister Stephanie of Brentwood, Nancy Culver of Notre Dame Academy and Amanda Daniels of Venice.
Completing the team are Anael-Stephanie Edwards of Harvard-Westlake, Jennifer Nakanishi of Culver City, Kelly Shimabukuro of St. Bernard, LaNae Solomon and Faye Stapleton of Crossroads.
The Collins sisters, Edwards, Solomon and Stapleton are all repeat selections from 1990, and this is the third consecutive year that Stapleton has made the team.
The team was selected primarily on the basis of a poll of Westside coaches. If a player was not nominated by her coach, she was not considered for the team.
The player of the year and coach of the year from each of The Times 12 circulation areas will be honored at a breakfast and awards ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Anaheim Sheraton.
The invitational event, sponsored by The Los Angeles Times Fund, is only for the 48 winners of the highest awards for boys and girls teams from The Times circulation areas: Westside, Central Los Angeles, Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Southeast, South Coast, Glendale, Centinela-South Bay, San Fernando Valley, San Diego County, Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties) and Ventura County.
The rest of the team:
Alana Collins--She got many of her points on offensive rebounds. She averaged 18.9 points and 15.7 rebounds.
Stephanie Collins--The most valuable player of the Delphic League, Stephanie averaged 16.1 points and 11.3 rebounds. She has been a team leader for three seasons.
Culver--The offensive spark plug for Notre Dame Academy, Culver was also a strong defensive player. She averaged 16.5 points, four assists and five rebounds from her guard position.
Daniels--The top player for a successful Venice team, she averaged 22.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals.
Edwards--She was named the Sunshine League's most valuable player for the second consecutive year despite missing nine games because of a knee injury. She averaged 15 points, five rebounds and 2.3 steals and shot 56% from three-point range.
Nakanishi--She could be called an Annie Oakley of the court for her accurate shooting. She averaged 20.7 points and four rebounds.
Shimabukuro--Another sophomore who started for St. Bernard, point guard Shimabukuro set up many of teammate Turner's baskets with her accurate passes. She averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 assists.
Solomon--A point guard who was largely responsible for Harvard-Westlake's 16-game winning streak this season, Solomon averaged only 8.5 points. But she scored well in leadership and averaged four assists, 5.4 steals and five rebounds.
Stapleton--Known in past seasons for her defense and playmaking, she assumed most of the scoring burden in 1990-91 by averaging 18 points for Crossroads. She holds school records with 232 career steals and 501 career assists, 259 assists in a season and 16 assists in a game.
Brentwood--Amy and Julie Uhrman, Lanita Foley. Culver City--Shannon Nakamura, Ailan Wang. Crossroads--Kim Cooper. Harvard-Westlake--Tanya Chan, Laura Winkler. Marlborough--Kathleen Stewart. Marymount--Kelly Witt. Notre Dame Academy--Cyndi Pucik. Santa Monica--Glory Dolphin, Maryam Gohan. St. Bernard--Olympia Scott. Venice--Jonelle McKie. Westchester--Cindi Slater. Windward--Karin Schaffer.
The Queens of The Court
Name School Year Height Average Alana Collins University Junior 5-10 18.9 Stephanie Collins Brentwood Senior 5-9 16.1 Nancy Culver Notre Dame Academy Junior 5-6 16.5 Amanda Daniels Venice Senior 5-8 22.2 Anael-Stephanie Edwards Harvard-Westlake Senior 5-7 5 Jennifer Nakanishi Culver City Sophomore 5-6 20.4 Kelly Shimabukuro St. Bernard Sophomore 5-3 10.7 Lanae Solomon Marlborough Senior 5-3 8.1 Faye Stapleton Crossroads Senior 5-6 18 Joi Turner St. Bernard Sophomore 5-4 20
Coaches of the Year
GIRLS: Lori Pawinski (ST. BERNARD (25-7)