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2013 All-SCV Girls Basketball: Canyon's Alia McCoy, Her best for last

McCoy’s final season was the best of her 4-year career

Posted: April 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Canyon senior Alia McCoy’s All-SCV Player of the Year honor comes on the heels of being named All Foothill League Player of the Year and All CIF. Canyon senior Alia McCoy’s All-SCV Player of the Year honor comes on the heels of being named All Foothill League Player of the Year and All CIF.
Canyon senior Alia McCoy’s All-SCV Player of the Year honor comes on the heels of being named All Foothill League Player of the Year and All CIF.


Very easily one could look at Canyon High senior forward Alia McCoy’s four-year body of work and say she is the best girls basketball player in Canyon High School’s more than 40-year history.

McCoy is the school’s all-time leader in career points (1,505), rebounds (904) and steals (355).

In a year when she had tremendous competition for The Signal’s All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Basketball Player of the Year from fellow four-year varsity star Valencia’s Kalia Summerlin and West Ranch’s emerging star and junior Whitney Branham, McCoy still managed to be a cut above.

Statistically, McCoy had the best year of her career — averaging 16.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 5.2 steals per game in leading Canyon to its fourth-consecutive Foothill League championship and a fourth run to at least the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

What made McCoy so good was her multidimensional game.

Her long arms and will made her a defensive terror, taking away passing lanes and getting her hands on the ball either by stripping opponents or blocking shots.

Her basketball IQ was so high and it showed by her constantly being in good rebounding position or thinking ahead and jumping in front of a pass.

She scored from the inside and outside, displaying an ability to drive, hit a short-range jumper or a 3-pointer or run the floor.

It really became evident when McCoy was a sophomore just how bright her future was going to be.

She displayed a soft touch and was so disruptive on defense that it was just a matter of time before she became the best player in the Foothill League.

That could have been last year as a junior, but she will admit that she didn’t live up to her own expectations and a slow start to Foothill League play cost her from being named the best player in the Santa Clarita Valley and Foothill League.

Yet this year, she was consistent.

She was great in the preleague, great in league and great in the postseason.

In that postseason, she scored 20.3 points per game in three contests.

Her season closed with a Division IIAA quarterfinal loss at Lynwood High in a game in which she fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.

It was an unfitting ending to a stellar year and a stellar career.

So this is a better way to end it.

First she was named the Foothill League’s Player of the Year.

Next she was selected to her second All-CIF team (she was also chosen as a sophomore).

Lastly, the St. Mary’s College commit ends the year with this — the 2013 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

First Team

Whitney Branham • West Ranch • Senior

Branham was the Foothill’s most improved player in 2013. She led the league in scoring at 17.9 points per game and few players could match her desire. She could shoot from all points of the court and was quick to the basket. She also rebounded at 7.6 per game, added 2.4 assists and 3.9 steals.


Hannah Green • West Ranch • Senior

Green was part defense, part offense and all guts in 2013. Returning from a preseason wrist injury and battling through it all season, Green never turned off one of the biggest motors this valley has seen in years. Overall, she put up 10.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 4.7 blocks per contest. In league she was at 11.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.8 blocks.


Sandra Ikeora • Valencia • Junior

Since the latter part of her sophomore season, Ikeora has been building. In 2013 it was clear that she had become one of the best basketball players in the area and a defensive force. Overall, she averaged 10.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. In league, she was at 11.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.6 blocks per game. She scored 24 points and brought down nine rebounds in Valencia’s first-round playoff win against Pacifica.


Jaya Shultz • Canyon • Senior

Another four-year varsity mainstay, Shultz didn’t begin to really turn it on until midway through Foothill League play. From the midway point through the postseason, she was easily one of the valley’s best players. In total, the Pepperdine-bound forward averaged 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.


Kalia Summerlin • Valencia • Senior

The four-year varsity player closed out her stellar Valencia career by leading the team at 14.7 points per game and 4.0 assists. Summerlin has been the Vikings’ main offensive option two years in a row and has been that because of her shooting ability (she was 76-for-202 from beyond the 3-point line) and knack for getting the ball in the basket. On top of her leadership and ball-handling abilities, she was also a solid defender, with 2.2 steals per contest.


Second Team

Jennifer Anumba • Valencia • Senior

The three-year varsity player wrapped up her career with her usual dependability. She scored 8.0 points per game and pulled down 7.6 assist per contest. She added 1.7 steals and 2.0 assists.


Rachel Eaton • Saugus • Senior

After losing twin towers in the middle to graduation, the 5-foot-9-inch Eaton would really have to step up her game in 2013 if Saugus were to be a success. Both happened. It was on the defensive end where Eaton was most noticeable. She blocked 4.8 shots and added 3.4 steals per contest. On top of that, she scored 6.8 points and dished out 2.8 assists per game.


Breze Kimble • Hart • Sophomore

A future player of the year candidate, Kimble had a strong follow-up to a breakthrough freshman season. She scored 15.6 points per game and pulled down 10.7 rebounds per contest, adding 2.7 blocks and 3.6 steals.


Talia Roth • Valencia • Sophomore

The defensive-minded Roth was a key to the Vikings’ ability to limit teams on the offensive end. She stole at a rate of 2.4 per contest and added 6.9 points, 2.4 assists and 5.5 rebounds.


Kali Vittallo • Canyon • Junior

The sharpshooter of the SCV, Vittallo’s game continued its rise in 2013 as she was a consistent offensive force for Canyon. She scored 13.1 points and hit 76-of-196 3-point attempts. She also made 2.3 steals and dished 2.3 assists per game.


Honorable Mention

Delaney McCann • Canyon • Sophomore

Mariah Madison • Golden Valley • Junior

Kianna Landon • Hart • Senior

Justice Bennett • Saugus • Junior

Jasmin Dimson • Valencia • Senior

Melissa Arima • West Ranch • Senior



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