Musashi, Pappas on All-CIF team

GLENDALE — If one were to put Megan Musashi and Cassie Pappas together in the same backcourt, the duo might be one of the top 1-2 combinations.

Separately, the junior guards aren’t too bad, either.

Following their recently concluded seasons, Musashi and Pappas received All-CIF honors after leading their respective teams to the postseason.

Musashi of Flintridge Prep earned All-CIF Division V-AA first-team honors, while Pappas of Crescenta Valley was named to the Division I-A second team.

Musashi, who received All-Area and All-CIF honors last season, averaged a team-best 20.7 points per game this season. She also averaged 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in leading the Rebels to the quarterfinals for the third year in a row. Flintridge Prep finished third in the Prep League after winning or sharing the league crown the previous seven seasons.

Musashi said getting All-CIF honors for a second season in a row was a goal of hers since the start of the season.

“It means a lot to me to get this because I didn’t know a lot of the players in our division because of [some] teams being changed to different divisions,” said Musashi, who was also named to the all-league first team. “It’s great to be recognized for the effort, and I’m glad to be chosen.

“It’s one of my high- lights.”

Flintridge Prep Coach Kenny Fisher, whose squad finished 16-12 and 8-4 in league this season, said Musashi continued to excel during her third year with the program despite battling some nagging injuries that she sustained last season.

“She’s a great player, and she’s the engine that makes us go,” Fisher said of Musashi, who finished with 183 rebounds and a team-high 74 steals. “Teams had to stop her to beat us.

“She drew a lot of the tough assignments. It’s not a surprise to me that she got on the first team. It’s probable that she could do it again next year, because she’s always going to work harder to get better.”

Musashi was one of four juniors named to the first team. Ané McPike of Santa Maria St. Joseph, which eliminated the Rebels en route to winning the division championship, was picked the division’s player of the year.

Pappas proved to once again be the driving force for Crescenta Valley, which won 20 games and placed second in the Pacific League behind powerhouse Muir. She also secured all-league first-team recognition.

Pappas, who was named to the All-Area team last season, helped the Falcons reach the second round of the playoffs this season. She averaged a team-best 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

“The coaches who voted acknowledged that’s she one of the top 20 players in the division,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Jason Perez, whose team went 20-9 and 11-3 in league this season. “I’m happy that she’s on the list because she’s one of the top 10 scorers in the division.”

Pappas was one of four juniors named to the second team. Camille Buckley of Colony was named the division’s player of the year after helping Colony win the division crown.

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