Foothill’s Dayanara says sayonara to Monroe in SoCal hoop playoffs by connecting on buzzer-beating heave.
Three-pointers rain for Kelsey Minato and state-ranked team at Huntington Beach.
Softball’s best include sophomore phenom Alexis Osorio from M.L. King of Riverside and hot-hitting Mia Monopoli from Acalanes of Lafayette.
(After games of Wednesday, March 7; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Leeann Alferness (San Marin, Novato) The 6-foot-2 senior had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds with three blocks as the Mustangs turned back visiting Oroville 53-30 in the CIF Division III NorCal playoffs.
Dayanara Armenta (Foothill, Tustin) It was an 18th birthday gift that Armenta will likely never forget as she made an estimated 40-footer at the buzzer for a 44-41 win over Monroe of North Hills in the SoCal Divison II regional opening round.
Gretchan Harrigan (Casa Grande, Petaluma) The Gauchos almost blew a 16-point lead but the senior forward took care of business down the stretch to get her team to 31-2 and into the NorCal Division II quarterfinals. Harrigan finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead Casa to a 55-52 victory over Sacramento Florin.
Faith Kraatz (Tri-City Christian, Vista) Nearly recording a triple-double, she scored 18 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with nine assists in a 54-38 win in the San Diego Section Division V championship over Ocean View Christian.
Celia Marfone (Laguna Hills) UC Davis may have had its season end in the first-round of the Big West Tournament but the Aggies should be happy to have Celia headed their way as this signee scored 27 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in a 62-29 win over Marshall of Los Angeles in the opening round of the Southern California Division III regionals.
Bayli McClard (Hanford) The Bullpup junior continues to shine as she scored 33 points in a 64-47 win over Edison of Fresno in the Central Section Division I semifinals. Hanford then beat top-seeded Stockdale 65-49 in the finals and extended its win streak against Central Section teams to 97, a streak that dates back to 2007. McClard scored 21 points, which tied teammate Kayla Luis for team honors.
Kelsey Minato (Huntington Beach) The Oilers broke a school record for 3-pointers in a game with 17 and Minato had eight of them in a 71-51 win earlier this week over San Diego in the D1 South region playoffs. That helped her to finish with 28 points and 12 rebounds. For the season, Minato and her teammates are credited with 241 shots made on 3-point attempts. That total isn’t a state or CIF Southern Section record, but the Oilers’ final total will certainly be good enough for inclusion in the state record book.
Sophie Taylor (Acalanes, Lafayette) She capped a great season with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds but her team fell 60-48 to Modesto Christian in the CIF NorCal Division III playoffs.
Kayla Bose (Presentation, San Jose) Bose has been busy as one of the leading hitters in the Central Coast Section, but never more so than in an 11-5 win last week over crosstown Willow Glen. The senior infielder was 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, seven RBIs and three runs scored. This week, in a 16-3 shellacking of Palo Alto Castilleja, Bose doubled three times, drove in five, and scored three times.
Alexis Carney, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) This junior’s numbers have been a huge part of a 4-0 start that has the Dragons outscoring opponents 49-6 combined. In a 16-4 carnage of Hercules, Carney had a home run and a double with six RBIs and two runs scored. She’s batting .800 with two homers, three doubles, two triples, 10 RBIs and eight runs scored in the four games.
Jillian Compton (Arroyo Grande) Not only did she strike out 15 batters in six innings but she contributed on offense in the 10-0 win over Santa Ynez as she had two doubles and a single.
Mia Monopoli (Acalanes, Lafayette) We had fun with her name last year and it appears Monopoli is playing with real money again this year. In fact, after eight games, the Dons ‘catcher leads the North Coast Section in every major offensive statistic. Last week, in an 8-0 win over San Leandro, Monopoli cashed in with her second two home-run game this season. She was 3-for-3 with the two round-trippers, four RBIs and four runs scored. Overall, she’s hitting .769 with seven homers, 22 RBIs, 20 hits and 18 runs scored.
Katie Moss (Homestead, Cupertino) The Mustangs are 5-0 to start the season and the junior hurler has been doing most of the work, including a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in a 7-0 win over Scotts Valley. She started the season with an 11-0 mercy-shortened no-hitter (one walk in five innings) against arch-rival Cupertino.
Alexis Osorio (King, Riverside) This sophomore tossed her second no-hitter of the season in a 4-0 victory over Riverside Poly as she struck out 12 batters. She’s a big reason why the Wolves may be trouble to favorites like Corona Santiago and Norco in the Big VIII League this season.
Kim Scarsella (Tamalpais, Mill Valley) The Tam four-year starter had 16 strikeouts from the circle and was 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs scored in a 5-1 win over Justin-Siena of Napa.
Molly Sturdivant (Foothill, Santa Ana) Just a freshman, she had her second two-homer game of the early season as she homered twice and drove in five runs in a 7-5 win over Dana Hills of Dana Point.
Kierra Willis (College Park, Pleasant Hill) Willis has been big in the Eagles’ 2-0 start. In a 15-5 win over Fairfield, she hit a home run, a double, had five RBIs and three runs scored. In a 9-4 win to open the season against Antioch Deer Valley, the junior center fielder was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Note: We’re proud once again to collect weekly writeups of the most significant individual high school stat totals in California. This week, we had softball and basketball combined for one more week before the feature switches to softball for the rest of the spring. We use these updates 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.