Vanden dominates All-City girls basketball picks

By From page B1 | April 05, 2014

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Vanden's Kayla Blair drives past a Florin defender during the SJS girls basketball semifinals at Consumes River College in Sacramento in March. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic file)

FAIRFIELD — Other Vanden High girls basketball teams may have better records, but none did better in the Northern California regionals.

The Vikings finally got past the quarterfinals and gave eventual state champion Modesto Christian a tough go before falling in the NorCal semifinals.

With that success it’s no surprise that Vanden dominates the selections for the Daily Republic 2014 All-City girls basketball team.

Player of the Year

Kayla Blair, Vanden: The unanimous choice for Solano County Athletic Conference Player of the Year led city scorers at 15.0 points per game, draining with 40 3-pointers, according to Maxpreps.com. She scored in double figures 23 times, going for 20 or more on nine occasions with a high of 28.

Coach of the Year

Allison Johnson, Vanden: Her team took care of business in the regular season, winnings its 14th straight league title and extended its SCAC winning streak to 24 games. The Vikings stumbled in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals – with two starters out because of injuries – but won twice in the NorCals to reach the semifinals for the first time, finishing with a 25-7 record.

All-City team

Julia Blackshell-Fair, Vanden;  With dazzling freshman season, the 5-foot-9 forward was named to the all-SCAC first team, averaging 8.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.8 steals per game.

Janessa Boling, Rodriguez; The senior guard and all-Monticello Empire League first-team pick led the Mustangs with 10.7 points and 2.6 steals per game. She saved her best for the regular season finale by amassing 25 points and 10 steals in a 69-62 win over Vacaville that nailed down second place.

Destiny Greenwood, Rodriguez: In compiling six double-doubles, the all-MEL first team sophomore center averaged 8.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Chantell Greer, Vanden: An unsung hero up front, the junior forward averaged 6.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, the latter ranking second on the team.

Briana Hayles, Rodriguez: The junior point guard, an all-MEL first team selection, netted 4.9 points per game but ran the offense by averaging 2.7 assists.

Tiffini Mestas, Armijo: The versatile senior – she also competes in girls tennis, cross country and track – also multi-tasked on the court, averaging 4.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Kiana Moore, Vanden: The sophomore all-SCAC first team pick was second to Blackshell-Fair in steals (3.4) and assists (2.2) and second to Blair in scoring (15.0) while averaging a tidy 4.3 rebounds per game.

Passion Ware, Armijo: A true force in the middle, the all-MEL first team junior center led the city with 11.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, adding 7.8 points to the mix.

Aleseana Whitney, Vanden: The Cal State Stanislaus-bound senior led the Vikings with 7.1 rebounds per game, including a season-high 20 in the NorCal quarterfinal win over Encinal, and averaged 6.2 points per game.

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.

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