Hazel Ramirez Tony Scott
ALL SENTINEL GIRLS TEAM
Inglewood's Ramirez, Price's Crabbe named Players of the Year
By Evan Barnes
Sentinel Sports Editor
Player of the Year: Hazel Ramirez (Inglewood, Sr.) - It's rare that there's a two-time winner of this award but Ramirez did it by taking her game to another level this season.
After helping Inglewood reach the Division III state finals last year, Ramirez improved as a scorer and leader as the Sentinels won their first ever CIF sectional title and returned to the Div. III regionals. She averaged 12.5 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 steals on the year.
"She looked for her shot and trusted her teammates more," Inglewood head coach Tony Scott said of how his point guard improved from last season.
The Division III-AA Player of the Year, Ramirez will take her poise and determination to Loyola Marymount in the fall.
Coach of the Year: Tony Scott (Inglewood) - Before the year, Scott admitted that despite losing five seniors from his squad that reached the Division III state championship game, this year's bunch would be more explosive and ready to get the hardware they didn't get last year.
Using their more uptempo offense, the Sentinels won the schools' first girls CIF title in basketball - avenging their loss last year. But their season fell one game short of a trip back to state, losing in the Division III state regional title game to Bishop Amat.
In his sixth season, Scott led the Sentinels to a 30-6 record while building his program up to be one of the best in the South Bay.
"We're moving in the right direction," he said.
BEST OF THE REST
Reshanda Gray (Washington, Jr.) - The City Section Player of the Year was unstoppable in the post, averaging 19.3 points and 14.9 rebounds for the Generals . Gray will be one of the top seniors in the state next year and the target of nearly every Pac-10 coach.
Atoe Jackson (Narbonne, Jr.) - The All-City guard averaged 10.7 points for the Gauchos and helped them reach the City Section Finals this year.
Deajanae Scurry (Inglewood, Jr.) - Scurry was dependable in the post for the Sentinels (10.5 points per game). Her 35-point, 12-rebound game in the state regional semifinals was a foreshadowing of things to come next year.
Chante Miles (Carson, Jr.) - The vocal leader of the City Section champs, Miles was dynamic as a scorer (14.2 points) and on defense. The 5-4 guard also made the All-City first team.
Janitah Iamaleava (Carson, Jr) - Another highly sought after player in the Marine League, Iamaleava averaged a double-double (14.5 points and 11.8 rebounds) for the City champs and earned a well-deserved spot on the All-City First Team.
Danielle Pruitt (View Park Prep, Jr.) - The Knights may not have won the City Section Division III title but Pruitt was good as any guard in the City, averaging 15.9 points and earning All-City honors.
Tierra Robinson (Crenshaw, Sr.) - Perhaps the most underrated player in the City Section - evidenced by her somehow missing on the All-City team - Robinson averaged 11.2 and a City-leading 16.6 rebounds for the Cougars.
Kiana Furlow (Washington, Sr.) - The All-City point guard for the Generals averaged 15.9 points for the Marine League champions.
Tailer Butler (Narbonne, Jr.) - A three-year letter-winner, Butler averaged a team-high 12.6 points for the Gauchos and earned a spot on the All-City first team.
Talia Rayford (Serra, Sr.) - It was tough choosing between her and talented junior teammate Bria Richardson but Rayford, the Division V-AA Player of the Year, earns the spot here after averaging 12.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.3 steals.
Shiela Boykin (Long Beach Poly, Jr.) - On a talented team with no one standout, Boykin earns a spot after being named Division I-AA Player of the Year for the Jackrabbits, who saw four additional players earn All-CIF honors.