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Nicole Erickson

School: Brea-Olinda High

Sport: Basketball

Position: Guard

Class: Sophomore

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Erickson was slowed by a lower back injury the first week of the season. Brea-Olinda won the Irvine tournament championship by defeating Capistrano Valley, 46-42, but Erickson, the Ladycats’ point guard, was at less than her best, Coach Mark Trakh said. That changed in the Brea-Olinda tournament. Erickson averaged 16.7 points in Brea’s four victories, including 22 in a 61-30 victory over Cerritos Gahr, the No. 1-ranked team in Division II, in the title game Saturday. “The shots are divided up pretty evenly on our team, so you have to make a high percentage to score a lot,” Trakh said. “It’s hard for one of our players to score in the 20s. . . . She played really, really well last week.” Erickson, a two-time AAU All-American for her club team, also played strong on defense, holding standout guards Kris Waldorf of Gahr and Rachel Corelli of Mission Hills Alemany to fewer than 10 points each.

Other top performers:

Carrie Garritson, a Sunny Hills cross-country runner who finished sixth in the Kinney national championships, running the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes 2 seconds.

Magdalena Goska, who scored 19 points in Mission Viejo’s 58-39 victory over El Dorado in the championship game of the El Dorado tournament. Goska was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

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Amy Kroeger and Diane Divino, who each scored a goal in Dana Hills’ victory over No. 1-ranked El Toro. They also each scored a goal in the Dolphins’ 3-1 overtime victory over Mission Viejo in the championship of the Irvine tournament.

Monique Sweet, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds in Estancia’s 53-52 loss to North Torrance in the title game of the Beverly Hills tournament. Sweet and teammate Leah Braatz were named to the all-tournament team.


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