Miramonte’s Loutzenhiser makes 10 3-pointers while Pasadena Poly’s Michelle Miller pours in season-high 52 points
Tallest boys player in state history gets 30 points, 15 rebounds, 8 blocks
Note: We’re proud once again to collect weekly writeups of the most significant individual high school basketball totals in California. We use these as the basis for updating the state record book, which has been published seven times, most recently in the spring of 2009. To report a state stat star of your own, please email highlights to Mark.Tennis@espn.com.
(After games of Saturday, Jan. 21 and some games as of Tuesday, Jan. 24)
David Ahern (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
The Wildcat senior makes a return to this feature after scoring a career-high 37 points but it wasn’t enough in a 63-52 loss to arch-rival Drake of San Anselmo.
Brandon Baker (Crenshaw, Los Angeles)
With first-place on the line in the Coliseum League. Baker scored a team-high 32 points as the Cougars picked up a narrow 68-67 win over Dorsey in the final seconds of the game.
Cooper Belmont (Fresno Christian)
He matched his season-high by scoring 32 points in a 87-48 league win over Tranquillity. Cooper also has scored over 1,000 career points for a team that started this week with a record of 15-1 .
Matt Donlan (Capital Christian, Sacramento)
Donlan got it done by scoring a game-high 30 points when the Cougars beat Dixon 76-68 in Golden Empire League action.
Miguel French (Lindhurst, Olivehurst)
In any language you speak, French had a huge night as he scored 38 points in a 96-74 Golden Empire League win over Dixon.
Jason Gish (Valley Christian, Roseville)
He can dish, but Gish found his niche as a scorer with a game-high 34 points when his team picked up a 98-74 victory over Faith Christian of Yuba City.
Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
The 6-foot-8 junior superstar duplicated the performance he had in the MLK Day loss to De La Salle against visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) later in the week, only this time his 31 points and 14 rebounds came in a 62-59 victory.
Brandon Hanson (Monterey)
The Toreadores’ high-flying guard had what the Monterey Herald called an “explosive effort,” after he just missed a triple double and finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in a 81-56 victory over neighboring Seaside.
Marvelle Haris (Eisenhower, Rialto)
It wasn't quite the season-high 43 points that he scored early in the season, but his second-best performance of 36 points was more than enough when Ike defeated Redlands 77-28.
Matt Hayes (Yuba City)
The only thing that stopped this Honker standout from scoring was the final honk of the horn as he scored 36 points in a 75-47 win over Woodland in Tri-City Conference play.
Liam Hunt (Drake, San Anselmo)
In his first year of playing in the U.S. after growing up in Australia, where his Marin County native father Dan Hunt played and coached professionally, the 6-foot-6 junior is starting for the same team his father was a member of when the Pirates (with an all-time best 34-0 record) won the 1982 Division II state championship. Coach Doug Donnellan has brought Hunt along slow, but in a 67-48 victory over San Rafael, Hunt was 9-of-10 from the field for 21 points with 10 rebounds in just 14 minutes of play. In his next game, a 63-52 upset of Marin Catholic that gets his team atop the Marin County Athletic League at 8-0, he had a double-double 17 points and 12 rebounds with three blocks.
Jimmy Jackson (Cypress)
Scoring at least eight points in every quarter, he finished with a career-high 39 points in a 66-45 win over Valencia in Empire League play.
Connor Jean (Northgate, Walnut Creek)
The Broncos’ senior and leading scorer had 27 points (10-for-10 from free throw line) with seven steals and five rebounds in a 68-57 win over Concord Clayton Valley.
Dakaria King (Douglass, Los Angeles)
Outscoring Animo Robinson on his own, this sophomore shooter scored a season-high 43 points in the Lions 80-37 win.
Cory Lange (Tehachapi)
Outdueling stat star Caleb Lopez, he scored a game-high 45 points in a 76-63 win over Taft.
Marcus Lee (Deer Valley, Antioch)
The highly regarded D1 prospect had his best game of the season in a 82-65 victory over crosstown-rival Antioch. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound junior had a triple-double 30 points, 23 rebounds and 15 blocked shots.
Ron Lee Jr. (Oak Park, Agoura Hills)
With the game on the line, he stepped to the free-throw line with five seconds remaining and made both as this junior guard finished with 30 points in a 61-60 win over Oaks Christian. Lee Jr. averaged 20.2 points per game as a sophomore last year and narrowly missed getting one of the 15 spots on the all-state sophomore team. Since this year’s junior squad is doubled in size to 30, odds are very good Lee Jr. will get that honor.
Caleb Lopez (Taft)
Scoring a team-high 35 points, he was unable to lead his team to victory as the Wildcats suffered a 76-63 loss to Tehachapi.
Marcus LoVett Jr. (Providence, Burbank)
Facing off against fellow freshman standout Aaron Holiday and Campbell Hall (North Hollywood), Marcus scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 45 in a 73-66 victory. Look for more on him later this week.
Mamadou Ndiaye (Brethren Christian, Huntington Beach)
To say this junior stands out is an understatement as this 7-foot-5 center – believed to be the tallest player in state history -- scored 30 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked eight shots in a 66-52 win over St. Margaret's of San Juan Capistrano.
Will Nelson (Mt. Whitney, Visalia)
Will the Thrill scored 36 points to go along with 11 rebounds against Hanford in a 69-54 win that enabled the Pioneers to stay unbeaten in the West Yosemite League.
Eric Nielsen (Dublin)
The 6-foot-8 junior had what Oakland Tribune writer Jimmy Durkin called a “monster game” with 20 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks before fouling out late in the Gaels’ 70-67 loss to visiting Moraga Campolindo.
Gor Placvchayan (Grant, Van Nuys)
There is no hiding this 6-foot-7 senior on the court as this big man came up big in a 94-73 win over Narbonne at the Fairfax City Preview Classic. Placvchayan, who has played on the Armenian national team, scored 37 points and grabbed 24 rebounds.
Chris Sterling (Delano)
His team may have a losing record but he came up huge in their sixth win of the season with 31 points and 20 rebounds in a 60-57 win over Mission Oak of Tulare. Sterling also had 26 points and 16 rebounds in a 57-53 victory against Porterville.
Brandon Taylor (Pacific Hills, Los Angeles)
Going a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line, Taylor finished with 34 points in a 68-56 win over Windward in Alpha League play. Taylor’s effort will have an impact on next week’s state rankings since Windward has been in the top 20 for much of the season.
Amadi Udenyi (De La Salle, Concord)
Spartan coach Frank Allocco says his senior guard’s lockdown defense is his greatest asset, but the 5-foot-11 Udenyi, who was given strong consideration for the Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Week honor earlier this week, can also light it up in a hurry. In the deliberate type offense of Allocco, and in just 18 minutes of action of a 69-36 victory over San Francisco Lincoln, he buried 7-of-10 on 3-pointers and finished with 27 points with five assists and four steals. He came back with 20 points (four treys) this week in a win over San Ramon California.
Grant Verhoeven (Central Valley Christian, Visalia)
The 6-foot-8 Sanford-bound senior is playing well enough this season to become a prep All-American, according to Central Section historian Bob Barnett. Verhoeven scored 38 points and had 23 rebounds and 10 blocks in a 71-39 win last week over Selma in a league game.
Jordan Villaneda (Salinas)
The Cowboys’ star turned in an all-around solid performance after finishing with 30 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals in a 69-55 victory over crosstown North Salinas.
Javion Watson (San Ysidro)
The Long Beach State commit scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 73-64 win for the Cougars over Sweetwater of National City. Watson continues to average in the 29-point range for the season.
Trace Yager (Point Arena)
He went for a double-double 28 points and 13 rebounds with five assists to help his team get to 17-2 with a 72-38 win over Archbishop Hanna of Sonoma.
Lashay Alexander (Foothill, Bakersfield)
Despite scoring 31 points, she wasn't the game's leading scorer but along with her 21 rebounds her team end up getting the victory. The Trojans defeated Mira Monte of Bakersfield 62-57.
Dawn Alves (Laton)
The senior from tiny Laton scored a season-high of 29 points as the Mustangs nipped McFarland 55-53. She also went over 1,000 points in four years of varsity play.
Aubrey Beckendam (Hamilton, Hamilton City)
The Braves have yet to lose a game this season and this senior is a big reason why as she scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 11 assists for a triple-double in a 65-36 win over Los Molinos.
Sophie Bhasin (Cajon, San Bernardino)
Last week's State Athlete of the Week outscored San Gorgonio on her own. She finished with a triple-double as she scored 38 points, hauled in 13 rebounds and had 11 assists in a 99-31 win. In her three previous games, she scored 33, 45 and 39 and is now averaging nearly a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
Joesetta Fatuesi (Wilcox, Santa Clara)
Her 20 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots was just another day at the office for the 6-foot-2 sophomore that has the current 16-0 Chargers knocking on the door of the top 20 state rankings.
Morgan Green (Pacific Collegiate, Santa Cruz)
The CCS scoring leader is back again after her sixth 30-plus point performance in a big win over Anzar of San Juan Bautista. This time, she had an odd triple-double with 34 points, 16 steals and 10 assists.
Evelyn Herrera (Workman, City of Industry)
She worked her way to a season-high 37 points last Friday in a 96-63 win for the Lobos over Gladstone of Covina.
Imani Littleton (Bishop's, La Jolla)
During a week that saw her record three double-doubles, this sophomore post scored a season-high 40 points in a win over Francis Parker of San Diego.
Janine Loutzenhiser (Miramonte, Orinda)
This 6-foot-1 senior is a big reason the Matadors are currently 20-0 and knocking on the door of the state rankings. In a 77-36 win over Northgate of Walnut Creek at the Campolindo Shootout, not only did Loutzenhiser have a career game with 32 points and 10 rebounds, the 10 shots she made on 3-pointers will get her a listing in the Cal-Hi Sports state record book.
Tina Maxwell (Central, Fresno)
Maxwell continues to lead the Central Section in scoring (28.8 clip) as she scored a game-high of 38 points against Buchanan in a 77-59 losing effort. She also scored 24 points in a game last week and now holds the school frecord or the most points scored in a career with 1,575.
Erica McCall (Ridgeview, Bakersfield)
Continuing to put up huge scoring and rebounding performances, she scored 33 points, grabbed 25 rebounds and blocked seven shots in a 76-22 win over West of Bakersfield. McCall also scored 36 points in a 70-50 loss to Narbonne of Harbor City.
Michelle Miller (Poly, Pasadena)
The stat star regular and one of the top scorer's in the nation poured in a season-high 52 points in a 80-27 win for the Panthers over Flintridge Prep of La Canada. Miller is averaging 32.2 points per game.
Mariah Moore (Salesian, Richmond)
One of the underclass stars of the Cal-Hi Sports Girls of Summer feature had a triple-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 57-43 victory over league-rival Piedmont.
Kim Pickett (Narbonne, Harbor City)
Her career-best of 35 points was enough to lead the way in a 70-50 win over Ridgeview of Bakersfield and fellow stat star Erica McCall, who scored 36 points.
Romonique Redding (Mira Monte, Bakersfield)
Scoring well over half her team's points, Redding finished with 37 points but it wasn't enough in a 62-57 loss to Foothill of Bakersfield.
Tiara Tucker (Brookside Christian, Stockton)
Making her name well known to us last year as a freshman, she continues to put up big performance this year. The latest was 42 points and 15 steals in a 105-19 win over Stone Ridge Christian.
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