Girls hoops players of the week
The ESPN RISE girls' basketball players of the week:
East: Shatyra Hawkes
St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.)
One of the hottest teams in the East Region over the past two weeks has been the Panthers, and Hawkes has been at the center of it. A 5-foot-3 point guard who is bound for Xavier, Hawkes led the offense with 24 points in one of their quality wins from last week, 61-57 against Central Dauphin (Harrisburg, Pa.). Last season, Hawkes was a first-team All-Metro pick by the Baltimore Sun with averages of 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Southeast: Candice Warthen
Warren County (Warrenton, Ga.)
She recorded her first career triple-double in a 68-27 win over Evans (Evans, Ga.) at the Evans Ribloli's Christmas Classic. In the win for the Screaming Devils, she outscored the opposition with 30 points and had 10 steals and 10 rebounds. Earlier this season, the University of Arizona-bound senior surpassed 2,000 career points. The 26th-ranked point guard by ESPNU Hoopgurlz has averaged 29 points, 8.4 rebounds and 7.7 steals per game this season.
Midwest: Michala Johnson
Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.)
After missing much of last season and all of the summer recovering from major knee surgery, Johnson seems back to her old self and was the MVP last week at the Montini Catholic Christmas Tournament. Johnson, a 6-foot-3 post player who was so promising before her injury that she was recruited by UConn and has signed a letter of intent with the Huskies, scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Montini Catholic's 60-45 triumph over T.F. North (Calumet City, Ill.) in the title game. In her first game back from the injury in November, Johnson played just 18 minutes but had 22 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
Southwest: Alexis Jones
MacArthur (Irving, Texas)
A 5-foot-6 sophomore point guard, Jones teams with 5-foot-9 senior Odyssey Sims to give MacArthur a lethal backcourt combination. When MacArthur met Duncanville (Texas) last Saturday in a matchup of FAB 50-ranked undefeated teams, it was Jones' turn to be the star. She led MacArthur to a 69-56 victory by scoring 32 points and playing a strong all-around floor game. Last summer, Jones nearly played her way to a roster spot on the U.S. Under-16 national team.
West: Kelsey Harris
Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.)
The senior guard was chosen as the MVP of the Platinum Division at the West Coast Jamboree in Antioch, Calif. Harris, in her fourth year starting for head coach Jeff Sink, hit two 3-pointers in the early going to give the Ladycats a lead and finished with 15 points in the 78-66 win against Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) Harris had 27 points in the semifinals as Brea Olinda topped the No. 1 team in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland, 65-55.