High-SchoolCalifornia: Keitra Wallace

All-State Basketball: Girls CIF Divisions

May, 6, 2012
California high school girls basketball,Cal-Hi Sports state rankingsWillie Eashman/ESPNHSBishop O'Dowd's Kendall Waters plays tough defense in 2011 CIF Division III Northern California final.
This is the second group of 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state girls basketball teams, which breaks down the best of the best within each CIF state playoff division. Click here for All-State Underclass. Contributing: Harold Abend.


First Team
F/G Jordan Adams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-1 Sr.
G Elisha Davis (Berkeley) 5-6 Sr.
G Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9 Sr.
F/G Destiny King (Long Beach Poly) 5-10 Sr.
F Keitra Wallace (Brea Olinda, Brea) 5-11 Sr.

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No stunner in CIFSS Division 1-AA girls final

March, 3, 2012
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Mater Dei defeats Brea Olinda with fourth-quarter comeback and could return to No. 1 in the state next week due to Windward’s upset loss in three overtimes earlier this week. Lynwood, Summit and Arroyo Grande also win titles.

For three quarters and most of the fourth, it looked like a third big upset of the week in the CIF Southern Section girls basketball championship was more than a possibility in the Division I-AA final played Friday night at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Brea Olinda of Brea had a 39-36 lead over two-time defending CIF Division I state champ Mater Dei of Santa Ana and took a 45-43 advantage midway through the final quarter on a pair of free throws by senior Taylor Spears.

In the last three minutes of the game, however, Mater Dei (30-3) reared up and slapped down the upset special with an 11-2 run that gave the Monarchs a 54-47 triumph.

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New Cal-Hi Sports Girls BB Top 20

February, 15, 2012
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Alemany knocks off Chaminade and makes a move into this week’s rankings. The only other change sees St. Mary’s of Stockton and Bishop O’Dowd switching positions with the Rams going up after last Saturday’s win.

This is the time of the season when the cream rises to the top, as the best teams are either in their respective section playoffs, finishing up league play, or in league playoffs in preparation of section playoffs.

The bottom line is at this time of the year there are very few surprises.

Certainly the 76-67 win by St. Mary's of Stockton over Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland last Saturday wasn't really a surprise, considering the last time the three-time defending state champions lost at home was to the Danielle Robinson-led Archbishop Mitty of San Jose team six years ago.

The bottom line was St. Mary's was the better prepared team and executed its game plan of all-out pressing and excellent 3-point shooting perfectly, especially early on.

Courtney Range was dominant in the paint, Charise Holloway converted scoring opportunities, Regina Camera hit from outside and played good defense, and Onome Jemerigbe was a significant contributor on both ends of the court.

The strategy of Coach Tom Gonsalves also successfully got O'Dowd's two big girls, K.C. Waters and Oderah Chidom, in foul trouble early.

Was this the same team that lost 71-52 in early January to La Jolla Country Day?

"We're a much better team than we were then. We're at a different level now," Gonsalves told Cal-Hi Sports after the O'Dowd win.

"We needed this game," said Range, who finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. "In Arizona and against Country Day we didn't play that well. As a team, we needed to prove we could play against good teams."

The only other rumble in the rankings this week occurred toward the bottom where Alemany of Mission Hills won the grudge match of the three games with West Hills Chaminade to reclaim that spot.

(Previous ranking in parentheses)
(After games of Saturday, Feb. 11)

1. (1) Windward (Los Angeles) 23-3
After the big win over Mater Dei two weeks ago, the Wildcats finished Alpha League play with running-clock victories over Campbell Hall of North Hollywood and crosstown Pacific Hills. No one gets a bye in the 32-team CIF Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs, so the top seed will open at home on Thursday against Nipomo.

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