GErika Arriaran, Norco5-10Jr.After taking a year off, Arriaran led Norco to its first section title game. Averaged 17.1 points on 43.1% shooting while taking 522 shots. Averaged 9.1 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 5.5 assists.G-FBrynn Cameron, Newbury Park6-0Sr.Team blossomed late behind USC-bound Cameron, whose prolific scoring took Panthers to Division III-AA title game. Averaged 23.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 3.5 assists.GAmanda DeCoud, Riverside North5-8Sr.A polished player on both ends of the court, Loyola Marymount-bound DeCoud averaged 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead North to Division II-AA semifinals.GNeka Mixon, Long Beach Wilson5-11Jr.The Bruins have been a top-tier team the past three seasons with Mixon leading the way. She averaged 15.2 points while shooting 48.4%, 7.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals. GLauren Pedersen, Brea Olinda5-9Sr.UCLA-bound Pedersen led Ladycats to 13th section title but first since 2001. Clutch shooter and solid leader averaged 16.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.2 steals and 4.0 assists.FLindsey Pluimer, San Clemente6-3Sr.UCLA gets winner who delivered four section titles. Pluimer shot 65% from field — even made eight of 17 three-pointers — and averaged 23.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 3.4 steals.FLorie Rayford, Morningside6-0Sr.Few transfers have had such impact. Headed for Texas Christian, Rayford averaged 18.9 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.1 steals, 4.8 assists and carried Monarchs to Division III-AA title.GJudith Smith, Long Beach Poly5-9Sr.Poly's best player of the last decade, Smith is headed to Texas Tech after guiding the Jackrabbits to the Southern California Regional final with averages of 13.8 points, 5.3 steals, 5.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds.GAshlee Trebilcock, Hart5-9Jr.Already committed to UCLA, Trebilcock showed several times she could impose her will in a game. Led team to Division I-A finals with averages of 21.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.6 steals.GSade Wiley-Gatewood, Lynwood5-9Sr.With 119-7 record as a four-year starter, Tennessee-bound Wiley-Gatewood led Knights to four section titles. She averaged 23.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 6.7 steals. Coach of the year: Bob Walker, Mesa GrandeWalker had never coached varsity girls' basketball before, but he lifted the Cardinals to a new level in the Southern Section's smallest division. Mesa Grande had never won more than four games in league or eight games in a season, had never won a league title and had only two playoff victories in eight years of competition. Under Walker, the Cardinals went 9-1 to finish atop the Victory League, posted a 19-9 overall record, won four playoff games and were tied with 39 seconds left in the Division V-A championship game against top-seeded Huntington Beach Liberty Christian. They lost, 43-39, with one of their best players on the bench with leg cramps.
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