Fifteenrngirls’ basketball players from Catholic schools in the Los Angeles Archdiocesernand Orange Diocese were named to the 2018 All CIF-Southern Section first teams.
Thernchoices included two repeat selections from 2017: seniors Rebekah Obinma ofrnRosary Academy (in Division 1) and Julia Macabuhay of La Salle (in Divisionrn3A). Obinma was also last year’s Player of the Year in Division 2AA, whenrnRosary won the CIF-SS 2AA title.
Macabuhayrnearned additional honors when she was named one of 12 prep basketball cagersrnfrom Southern California (six boys, six girls) to receive the 2018 John R.rnWooden High School Player of the Year Award. The 5-foot-5 guard was thernDivision 3 girls’ selection after averaging 30 points a game in leading thernLancers deep into the CIF-SS playoffs, scoring 48 points in a win over MissionrnPrep and 33 in a narrow loss to top-seeded Oxford Academy.
ThernAll CIF-SS Division 1 first team also included seniors Jasmine Hardy of Alemanyrnand junior Leslie Hunter of Chaminade, while sophomore Alex Iemsisamth ofrnJ.Serra made the Division 2AA squad.
Underclassmenrnalso were prominent on the Open Division first team. Juniors Alexis Tucker ofrnSerra’s state champions and Kayla Padilla of Bishop Montgomery were joined byrnfreshman Brooke Demetre of Mater Dei. Another freshman, Melissa Zozulenko ofrnProvidence (Burbank), made the D-4A first team.
Otherrnfirst team selections were senior Brittany Van Buren of St. Bonaventurern(D-4AA); senior Natalie Maldonado and sophomore Maddison Rakestraw of SantarnClara (D-5AAA); and seniors Hanalei Emnace of Mary Star of the Sea and NataliernWhiting of Bishop Diego, and junior Natalia Gutierrez of St. Pius X-St.rnMatthias (D-5AA).
Hardy,rnTucker, Padilla, Van Buren and Emnace were All-CIF second team choices in 2017,rnas selected by the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Assn.rnin conjunction with the CIF-SS, and presented by the LA84 Foundation.