48 is enough for San Diego Southwest’s Villegas and Napa Trinity Prep’s Franklin. Best among girls includes 45-point explosion from Irene Aranda.
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(After games of Monday, Jan. 16 and some games of Tuesday, Jan. 17)
Dakarai Allen (Sheldon, Sacramento)
Facing a Jesuit of Carmichael team that has been ranked in the state top this season he came up with a huge performance to lead the Huskies to victory as he scored 29 points, had four steals and blocked three shots in a 88-70 Delta River League game.
Bobby Alvarado (Mission Oak, Tulare)
The sophomore standout scored a career-high of 33 points in a 55-40 win by his team over Cesar Chavez of Delano in a East Yosemite League game.
Eric Ambrose (Rolling Hills Prep, San Pedro)
The Huskies remained undefeated in Coastal League play as he scored 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 70-50 win over Wildwood of Los Angeles.
Payton Banks (Lutheran, Orange)
With standout Gabe York on the bench, Banks has stepped up his game. He scored 30 points in losses last week to Mater Dei and JSerra.
Ivo Basor (Watsonville)
Ivo became a 20-20 man, and at the same time he gave Seaside the proverbial heave-ho, after registering 25 points and 20 rebounds in a surprisingly easy 64-38 victory.
Jabari Bird (Salesian, Richmond)
The high-flying “Bird Man” was 12-of-18 (including three treys) from the field and scored 31 points, including 27 in the second half, and all 10 of Salesian’s final points in a 66-47 win over Berkeley.
Nate Brillington (Granite Bay)
His performance against Woodcreek of Roseville was brilliant as he scored 34 points in the 77-70 Sierra Foothill League victory.
Will Buell (Colfax)
Despite his game-high 34 points, it wasn't enough to prevent a 70-61 loss by the Falcons to Foothill of Sacramento in Pioneer Valley League play.
Ali Faruqbey (San Lorenzo)
While Muhammad Ali was celebrating a 70-year birthday, this Ali was celebrating the 34 points he posted in a 76-68 win over Hayward Tennyson.
Alex Fertig (Buchanan, Clovis)
The senior swing man had a memorable week by becoming the 16th player in Central Section history to reach 2,000 career points, according to section historian Bob Barnett. Fertig put on a one-man show against host Bakersfield as he scored 31 points in a 55-47 road win. Alex then needed 24 points against host Washington Union Friday night to reach the milestone in which he scored 27 points in a 84-48 victory.
Tucker Forbes (Stevenson, Pebble Beach)
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior had a career-high 31 points with 16 rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 77-75 overtime victory against King City.
Jordan Franklin (Trinity Prep, Napa)
He may be just a sophomore, but this guard can put the ball in the hoop in bunches as he scored a season-best 48 points in a 82-64 win over Freedom Christian of Fair Oaks.
Ryan Frommer (University Prep, Redding)
Grabbing nearly as many rebounds as points, he scored 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in a 58-39 win over Maxwell.
Jordan Gilreath (North Valley Baptist, Santa Clara)
Despite the low score of 49-32 in a win over crosstown St. Lawrence, Gilreath had a nice double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds, He also collected seven steals.
Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
Although he’s been weakened and lost 15 pounds due to a bout with mononucleosis, the 6-foot-8 junior superstar looked almost like his old self on Monday against De La Salle at the MLK Holiday Classic at Cal’s Haas Pavilion. Just like he did in the D2 state title-game victory last year against Fontana Summit, Gordon became a point pivot until fouling out on a charge in a 69-62 overtime loss. But not before he delighted the crowd with 31 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Max Huff & Dustin Thaxton (Kelseyville)
Despite not being able to practice due to a quad injury and then being hurt in a car accident (not his fault) earlier in the day, Huff showed just how tough he is. After being cleared by a doctor to play, he went out and had a double-double 16 points and 21 rebounds in a 68-58 win over Middletown. On his eighth point, Huff surpassed the 1,000-point career mark. Thaxton must have been feeling Huff’s adrenalin. He nailed seven 3-pointers and contributed 28 points.
Marcel Jones (Hercules)
He turned in a Herculean performance with 35 points, eight rebounds and five steals in a 78-69 win over Alameda.
Jeremy Major (Marantha, Pasadena)
For the second time this season, this junior point guard scored 35 points in a game and he did it in a 77-63 win over St. Anthony of Long Beach.
Charlie Moon (Hoopa Valley, Hoopa)
The coyotes out east in Hoopa were howling at the moon when they got word of the performance of Moon, in a 77-74 road win on the Humboldt County coast in Ferndale. The junior guard hit nine 3-pointers and finished with 32 points. Of the nine treys, two were from NBA-range and another was from near halfcourt just before halftime. Obviously, the moon was in Moon’s house.
Richie Murrillo (Vincent Memorial, Calexico)
It wasn't quite the 48 points he scored in the season opener but he had his next best offensive games of the season in back-to-back outings with 41 points in a 84-51 win over Holtville and then 37 in a 100-13 win over Borrego Springs.
Will Nelson (Mt. Whitney, Visalia)
A three-year starter, Nelson scored 35 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in a 79-73 win over Lemoore in a West Yosemite League game.
Katin Reinhardt (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Tying a school-record with nine 3-pointers, the USC-bound Reinhardt finished with 35 points as the Monarchs defeated Christ the King of New York 88-50 at the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
John Seavey (San Marin, Novato)
The Mustangs’ senior dropped in a career-high 32 points in a 57-44 win over San Rafael Terra Linda.
Darius Taafua (Western, Anaheim)
The Pioneers improved to 4-0 in Empire League play with a 80-44 win over Pacifica of Garden Grove as Taafua led the way on offense with 31 points.
Alex Villegas (Southwest, San Diego)
Nearly outscoring Castle Park of Chula Vista on his own, Villegas scored a school single-game record 48 points as the Raiders ended a seven-game losing streak with a 79-49 victory.
Luke Winfield (Marin Academy, San Rafael)
The Wildcats’ 6-foot-4 senior gets a call for the second straight week after he went for 37 points and eight rebounds. The difference is this time it was in a 82-79 loss to Stuart Hall of San Francisco.
Tom Witzel (Arcata)
In the battle for Mad River bragging rights way up north behind the Redwood Curtain, it was Witzel who didn’t fizzle, in a 67-54 win at neighboring McKinleyville. The 6-foot-7 senior power forward had a double-double 25 points and 13 rebounds with four blocks.
Evan Zeller (Mission Viejo)
Scoring 21 of his 31 points in the second half, the Diablos rallied from behind to pick up a 76-72 road win over El Toro. Zeller was a key starter on last year’s Mission Viejo team that played in a CIFSS divisional final.
Annie Aldrete (Santa Catalina, Monterey)
The star of the Cougar softball team (.544 average, 9 home runs) can do it on the hardwood as well. In a 63-40 win over Soledad, the junior had a double-double 22 points and 18 rebounds.
Brianna Alvarez (Lemoore)
She scored a personal high of 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in leading her team to a surprising 61-51 win over Redwood of Visalias in a West Yosemite League game.
Irene Aranda (Vincent Memorial, Calexico)
Averaging more than 22 points per game, this 6-foot junior scored a season-high 45 points in a 78-23 win over Borrego Springs. Tough week for Borrego Springs against Vincent Memorial since the boys lost 100-13.
Halie Bergman (Turlock Christian, Turlock)
She scored a season-high 37 points to go along with 10 rebounds as the Eagles picked up a 66-56 win over Ripon Christian to improve to 5-0 in Southern League action.
Kirstyn Champion (Linden)
Teammate Kaci Scantling posted a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but it was still Champion who scored more than half of the Lions’ points in a 58-30 Mother Lode League victory against Summerville of Tuolomne.
Nicole Compton (Chadwick, Palos Verdes Peninsula)
Setting a school-record with nine 3-pointers, Compton finished with a career-high 30 points in a 54-32 win over Flintridge Prep in Prep League action.
Kylie Cunningham (Agoura, Agoura Hills)
Scoring 23 points in all three games last week, she had two double-doubles and a triple-double. Cunningham’s triple-double consisted of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win by the Chargers over Moorpark.
Nirra Fields (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Outscoring Canyon of Anaheim on her own, the girl who counts L.A. Lakers’ coach Mike Brown as her legal guardian shined with 30 points in a 63-27 victory for the No. 2 state Monarchs at the Tony Matson Memorial Classic.
Morgan Green (Pacific Collegiate, Santa Cruz)
The reported scoring leader in the CCS (25.9 ppg) went for 30 or more points for the fifth time this season with a 31-point, nine-assist, six-rebound and six-steal performance in a blowout of Marina.
Jessica Harris (Granite Hills, El Cajon)
This talented senior scored enough points on her own for the Eagles to get a victory as she put in 33 in a 62-23 win over Otay Ranch of Chula Vista.
Dashayla Johnson (Tulare Western, Tulare)
The sophomore played well in two East Yosemite League games last week. First, she scored 22 points to go along with six assists in a 64-59 win over Mission Oak and then stepped up with 32 points, nine steals and six assists in a 69-42 win over Porterville.
Gabby Kaiser (Mission Viejo)
Leading the Diablos to their first South Coast League win of the year, Kaiser rolled up 33 points and paced a 53-42 road win over Dana Hills.
Priscillia Lopez (Bethel Baptist, Santa Ana)
For the fourth time this season, Lopez scored at least 30 points in a game as she finished with 33 points in a 49-11 Express League win over Southlands Christian of Wildomar.
Mariah Masoli (Mercy, San Francisco)
The Skippers were 17-0 going into a Thursday night game with defending Division V state champion Pinewood of Los Altos, and a big reason is this 5-foot-5 senior guard. The little sister of football standout Jeremiah Masoli and older sister of promising S.F. Riordan quarterback Zach Masoli had a season-high 31 points, with six steals and four assists in a 78-52 win over San Jose Notre Dame.
Erica McCall (Ridgeview, Bakersfield)
The junior standout was a force in the paint as she scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked 13 shots in a 49-43 win over Garces of Bakersfield. She also scored 20 points, grabbed 25 rebounds and blocked 10 shots in a 59-45 win over Independence.
Beverly Ntagu (Rolling Hills Prep, San Pedro)
Her shots kept rolling into the basket during a 92-8 win over Lennox Academy as she scored a career-high 40 points.
Savannah Scott (Westmont, Campbell)
The sophomore posted her seventh double-double of the season after finishing with 27 points and 10 rebounds, plus she recorded seven steals and four assists in a 65-54 win over Leigh of San Jose.
DeAndrea Toler (Serra, Gardena)
Nearly recording a quadruple-double in a 64-14 win over Colony of Ontario, Toler scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and had nine steals and eight assists for the state-ranked Cavaliers.
Contributing: Harold Abend, Paul Muyskens, Ronnie Flores, Bob Barnett