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The Signal's Female Athlete of the Decade: Second Place, Ashlee Trebilcock

Posted: December 29, 2009 10:14 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart High's Ashlee Trebilcock is a four-time All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Basketball Player of the Year and Hart's all-time leading scorer.

 
Ashlee Trebilcock’s signature moment may be one she and the rest of her Hart teammates would just as soon forget.

The date was March 8, 2004, and the Indians were making their third straight appearance at the Long Beach Pyramid to play for the CIF-Southern Section Division II girls basketball championship.

Hart was facing archrival San Clemente for the third year in a row. The Tritons thumped Hart the year before by 30 points.

Based on the first quarter, the 2004 title game looked like a repeat; San Clemente jumped ahead 20-5. Defeat seemed certain.

And then Trebilcock took over.

The junior guard, who then-Hart head coach Dave Munroe had always insisted could average 50 points a game “if she wasn’t so unselfish,” suddenly got selfish.

Trebilcock, who scored all of Hart’s five points in the first, scored eight of its 15 in the second, nine of its 17 in the third, and a remarkable 12 of its 15 in the fourth.

Her shots were falling from all angles. Fadeaways, floaters, 3-pointers. It didn’t matter who was guarding her — and everybody was guarding her. With a barrage of contested shots, she willed Hart back into the game with a career-high 34 points.

Hart closed to within three in time for a last shot, which of course was Trebilcock’s. Her 3-pointer missed the mark on an uncalled foul if you ask anyone sitting close enough to see the play.

Hart fell 56-53 but the story of the night was as much about Trebilcock’s will as it was San Clemente’s win. Even the Triton fans had to recognize it. After booing and mocking her in the previous two title games, the raucous bunch from Orange Country gave her a standing ovation when it was all over.

They knew they had seen something special. So had the rest of us.

Bob Dickson was a Signal Staff Writer from 2002 to 2006 and 2007.

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