P2P Southern California Girls Basketball Honors
Leaonna Odom - along with Valerie Higgins - led Chaminade to a California Open Division title.

ALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Player of the Year
LEAONNA ODOM, CHAMINADE


By TYLER DRAGON
Prep2Prep

The Chaminade girls basketball team was blessed with the best duo in the state this year and the pair led the Eagles to an Open Division state title. As a result, this award could have been split in half and given to both Leaonna Odom and Valerie Higgins. Odom is the athletic wing with exceptional scoring ability, while Higgins possesses the all-around game and is a leader on the court.

The Duke-bound Odom was often called upon in crunch time and she almost always delivered. That's why she is the first-ever Prep2Prep Southern California Player of the Year.

Odom hit a game-winner to propel Chaminade to the California title game. In the state championship, Odom’s 33 points was an Open Division record. The output tied her with WNBA Seattle Storm player and previous Connecticut All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Mater Dei) for No. 8 all-time for most points scored in a state championship game.

“It’s a tribute to her. It’s her worth ethic and shooting every day. It’s a natural feel for her,” Chaminade head coach Kelli DiMuro said of Odom.

The McDonald’s All-American averaged 21.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in her senior season and with Higgins led Chaminade to a 31-4 record.

“Leaonna (Odom) is an unbelievable, dynamic player. She makes it so easy on me,” Higgins said. “I just have to beat the press and she’s there to finish and pad my assists.”

Egos were never apparent when Odom and Higgins shared the bulk of responsibilities for Chaminade. The two players were a great complement to each other all season.

“We had the same goals throughout the playoffs,” Odom said of the Eagles.

Odom’s performance on the biggest stage is what ultimately won her Prep2Prep’s player of the Year. Things will be interesting if and when the two go against one another in college with Higgins heading up the street to USC.


Coach of the Year
KELLI DIMURO, CHAMINADE

Kelli Dimuro led Chaminade to a 31-4 season and California Open Division championship.

By TYLER DRAGON
Prep2Prep

This honor almost went to Long Beach Poly coach Carl Buggs if it wasn’t for Leaonna Odom’s game-winning heroics. Chaminade swept the Jackrabbits this season, earning DiMuro the nod as the Prep2Prep Southern California Coach of the Year. Di Muro switched Valerie Higgins to point guard and let Higgins and Odom head a free-flowing offense.

DiMuro led the Lions to a California Open Division championship and had a 31-4 record this season.



Senior of the Year
VALERIE HIGGINS, CHAMINADE

While Leaonna Odom got much of the hype, Valerie Higgins was not too far behind – as mentioned above. The all-around player moved to point guard and averaged 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds for Chaminade. She was awarded an invitation to The Jordan Brand Classic for her play on the court this year. Higgins will play at USC next season.


Junior of the Year
AYANNA CLARK, LONG BEACH POLY

Junior Ayanna Clark proved to be one of the best post players in the nation last season. She averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Jackrabbits. Clark and Jones will arguably be the top basketball duo in California next year. The forward is committed to play for USC.


Sophomore of the Year
TYIONA WATKINS, BREA OLINDA

Watkins had 22 points and five rebounds in Brea Olinda's state championship victory.



FIRST TEAM ALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Valerie Higgins
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Higgins worked together with Leaonna Odom to lead Chaminade to an Open Division state title, averaging 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. She will play basketball next season at USC.


Leaonna Odom, Chaminade
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Odom proved to be a perfect complement to Higgins' playmaking ability, scoring 21.5 points per game to go with 9.9 rebounds in leading Chaminade to the Open Division state title.


DiJonai Carrington, Horizon Christian Academy
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Senior DiJonai Carrington was San Diego’s best player this season. The guard averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds this year and earn a spot on the McDonald’s All-American team. Carrington will play college ball at Stanford.


Ayanna Clark, Long Beach Poly
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

Clark averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Jackrabbits and along with Jasmine Jones, will form one of the top duos in California next year. Clark has committed to play at USC.


Sierra Campisano, Torrey Pines
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Sierra Campisano was one of the top players in California. She averaged an impressive 30 points and 16 rebounds for Torrey Pines. Campisano committed to play at Oregon.



SECOND TEAM ALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Reili Richardson, Brea Olinda
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Reili Richardson’s 26 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals led Brea Olinda to a 10th state championship. The 5-foot-9 guard was ranked by many publications as a top 50 player in the country. Richardson will play at Arizona State next season.


Jasmine Jones, Long Beach Poly
Position: Forward
Year: Junior

Junior forward Jasmine Jones averaged 13.6 points and 8.4 rebounds for the Jackrabbits this season. Jones will be one of the best players in California next season. She and Ayanna Clark form one of the best frontcourts in the nation.


Kayla Washington, Cajon
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Kayla Washington led Cajon to a Division II state championship. She averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds. Washington has signed to play for Washington State.


Jayde Woods, Windward
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Guard Jayde Woods averaged 12.3 points, six rebounds and six assists this season. She will play for Oregon next year.


Amber Megoza, Santa Barbara
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Amber Megoza averaged an impressive 26 points for Santa Barbara. She has signed with Washington.



THIRD TEAM ALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Chelsey Gipson, Palisades
Position: Guard
Year: Junior

Junior Chelsey Gipson nearly averaged 18 points this season.


Katie Campbell, Oaks Christian
Position: Guard
Year: Senior

Katie Campbell won the Ventura County Player of the Year for her efforts this season. She averaged 16.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.2 assists per game.


Kayla Overbeck, Newbury Park
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Kayla Overbeck led Newbury Park to a CIF-SS championship. The Vanderbilt recruit averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 steals in her senior season.


Brittney Reed, Vista Murrieta
Position: Forward
Year: Senior

Brittney Reed averaged 18 points and nine rebounds for Vista Murrieta this season.


Alexis Griggsby, Sierra Canyon
Position: Guard
Year: Junior

Junior Alexis Griggsby averaged 17 points and six rebounds for Sierra Canyon.


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