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Hicks nabs Foothill award

Record-setting Saugus senior named Player of the Year

Posted: March 11, 2009 2:02 a.m.
Updated: March 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
It’s been a memorable season for Saugus senior Nicole Hicks.

Hicks averaged 19.6 points per game and 3.1 steals per game, and broke the school’s single-season scoring record and career steals record.

The Centurions captured their second straight Foothill League title, and the coaches honored Hicks’ accomplishments by voting her as the Foothill League Player of the Year.

Hicks finished the season with 510 total points and passed the previous record of 447 points in the last game of the season, a victory over Hart that gave Saugus the league title.

Teammate Gabrielle Conn was chosen as a first-team all-league selection after averaging 12.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game and setting Saugus’ career scoring record. The inside-outside combination that she formed with Hicks led the Centurions to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA playoffs.

League runner-up Valencia landed two players on the first team, senior forward Starla Wright and junior point guard Lindsey Hill. Wright posted the league’s second-best scoring average with 17.1 points per game and pulled down 9.3 boards per contest, helping Valencia extend possessions with her activity on the offensive glass.

Hill averaged 11.4 points and 4.9 assists and served as a stabilizing force for the Vikings, who reached the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA quarterfinals before bowing out to national powerhouse Brea Olinda.

Canyon also had two first-team selections in junior point guard Brooke Lemar and sophomore off-guard Layana White. Lemar scored 13 points and dished out 5.2 assists per game, while White shot 44 percent and averaged 14.2 points per game and 3.2 steals.

The duo formed a dynamic backcourt that helped Canyon overcome a midseason scandal that resulted in two players being kicked off the team and cost former coach Stan Delus his job. The Cowboys were also forced to forfeit their first 16 games, but they still tied for third in the Foothill League with West Ranch.

The Wildcats made the playoffs behind first-team selection Erin Ruiz. The junior two-guard averaged 14.6 points per game in leading West Ranch to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs for the first time in school history.

Hart guard Briana Fitchpatrick rounds out the first team, having provided the Indians with solid outside shooting and the ability to break down defenses off the dribble. Hart finished fifth in the league after forfeiting its first 16 games and losing its starting point guard due to residency falsification.

Golden Valley junior forward Jasmine Jefferson was chosen as a second-team all-league selection after averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds, and senior forward Deaja Plummer earned an honorable mention for the last-place Grizzlies.

Valencia had two players named to the second team, senior forward Danielle Cavanagh and junior forward Jennifer Lentz. Sophomore forward Lauren Spargo earned an honorable mention.

Saugus junior Kaylynn Martin made the second team, and senior Amanda Scholl was an honorable mention for the league champion Centurions.

West Ranch juniors Kaylyn Tarver and Tori Wilson were also honored on the all-league teams, with Tarver being selected to the second team and Wilson drawing an honorable mention.

Hart junior Brittany Costanzo rounds out the second team, and Indians sophomore Mariah Glasshoff earned an honorable mention.

Canyon didn’t have any second-team players, but sophomore Adriana Dent was an honorable mention as well.

jgulino@the-signal.com

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