Among this week’s state honor roll of top stat-stuffing performances are young guns Darrin Pearson, a freshman from Immanuel of Reedley, and Jackie Cenan, a sophomore from Laguna Beach.
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Dejon Williams (Muir, Pasadena)
Not only did he lead the football team as the quarterback last fall, but he also stands out on the basketball court as he scored 44 points during a 71-69 win over Burroughs of Burbank in Pacific League play.
Trevor Dunbar (St. Ignatius, San Francisco)
Despite a career-high 40 points by the standout senior guard, the Wildcats lost a 70-64 game against Serra of San Mateo in West Catholic Athletic League action.
Shaquille Russell (Cleveland, Reseda)
The Cavaliers needed overtime but they got the 80-76 win over Birmingham of Van Nuys as he scored 14 of his game-high 38 points in the extra time.
Marcus Tran (Yerba Buena, San Jose)
Averaging just over 20 points per game, Tran was the man as he exploded for 38 much needed points as the Aztec Warriors defeated Branham of San Jose 70-67.
Darrin Pearson (Immanuel, Reedley)
Just a freshman, the 6-foot-6 Pearson set a career high by scoring 38 points, going 12-of-15 from the free-throw line and pulled down 21 rebounds at the MLK Showcase in Visalia against Mt. Whitney, although the team lost in a thriller 69-68.
Matt Hauser (Thousand Oaks)
Becoming almost a weekly regular listed here, he scored 35 points during a 79-53 win for the Lancers over Agoura. He then scored 29 points on Monday during a 67-40 win over Moorpark.
Trey Smith (Fairmont Prep, Anaheim)
In the highest scoring game of his freshman season so far, Smith scored 35 points during a 76-69 loss to Western Christian of Covina.
Sunny Singh (Valley Academy, Granada Hills)
The sun wasn’t shining for Community Charter as he scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds during a 122-15 win for the Vipers. It was his third straight game with at least 30 points. At least Valley Academy didn’t go nuts and try to get 50 or more for a player against a vastly out-matched opponent.
Kyle Ferreira (Liberty, Bakersfield)
He scored a season high of 34 points as the Patriots nipped Bakersfield 65-64.
Amaad Wainwright (Burroughs, Burbank)
Despite Wainwright scoring 34 points, the Indians’ undefeated Pacific League record came to an end against fellow state stat star Dejon Williams and Muir in a 71-69 overtime loss.
Derek Check (Centennial, Bakersfield)
He opened the week by scoring 17 points with five assists and six steals at the MLK Showcase to help Centennial past Roosevelt of Fresno 72-57. Check then scored a season-high of 33 points with eight assists in a 98-58 win over Frontier.
Frankie Ferrari (Burlingame)
It’s not the first time this season he has gotten himself in our state stat stars as his last name stand’s out as much as his performances on the court. The USF-bound standout scored 11 points in overtime and finished with 32 points during a 76-72 win over Aragon of San Mateo.
Chance Lamont (Maranatha Christian, San Diego)
Twice scoring more than 30 points in a game last week was this 6-foot-3 senior, who had 34 with 12 rebounds during a 65-60 win over Escondido Charter and then had 32 with 12 more boards during a 66-42 road win over Rock Academy.
Zach Pierce (Northwood, Irvine)
Doing his best impersonation of Paul Pierce, this 6-foot-5 senior forward scored 33 points during a 82-68 win over University of Irvine.
Amaad Wainright (Burroughs, Burbank)
Scoring 32 points wasn’t enough during a 71-69 loss to Muir earlier in the week but his 19 points, 22 rebounds and eight assists was enough to get a 68-48 win against Burbank.
Aaron Holiday (Campbell Hall, North Hollywood)
Another familiar name, this Viking junior standout and brother of NBA point guard Jrue Holiday had 31 points but the team couldn’t hold on for the win as it lost to Windward of Los Angeles 65-61.
Michael Anderson (Lincoln, Stockton)
We know that Michael has been able to shoot from long-range since he was in grade school because he was on the same YMCA teams in Stockton as Sean Tennis, a fellow senior at Lincoln and son of Cal-Hi Sports co-founder Mark Tennis. In a 71-44 win last week over Franklin, Anderson put through 6-of-10 on 3-point attempts and finished with a career-best 30 points. Anderson also has had a 24-point game already this week in another Lincoln league win.
Lamont Tyler (Villa Park)
With a season-high in points and rebounds during a 74-65 win over El Modena of Orange, this 6-foot-10 senior scored 29 points while grabbing 22 rebounds.
Jack Williams (Chaminade, West Hills)
With just six points at halftime, Williams went off in the second half with 23 points after the break to finish with 29 points and 14 boards as the state-ranked Eagles defeated previously undefeated in league play Alemany of Mission Hills 63-60.
Lewis Stallworth (Hart, Newhall)
The Indians’ offense didn’t stall when he had the ball as he scored 28 points during their 88-70 win over Valencia that improved their record to 18-2.
Tommy Rutherford (Grossmont, El Cajon)
At 6-foot-9, this sophomore has been hard to stop for opponents and West Hills didn’t have much success in stopping him, either. Rutherford scored 27 points and grabbed 22 rebounds during a 61-55 win in Grossmont Hills League play.
Tyler Dorsey (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
The Braves couldn’t have had a better time for this standout junior to return after missing two games to focus on academics since Daniel Hamilton was out sick. Dorsey picked up the slack during a 74-71 double overtime win against Santa Margarita with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
Kelli Kamida (Keppel, Anaheim)
While it was just from two days ago we decided to not wait until next week to mention her performance as she likely set a state record for 3-pointers made in a game as she knocked down 16 3-pointers and finished with 48 points during a 90-50 win over Montebello. With 11 3-pointers at halftime she finished 16-29 from beyond the three-point arc as she didn’t take a single two-point shot or free throw. Her previous career-high was 12 in a game.
D’Airrien Jackson (Wilcox, Santa Clara)
Choosing her as the Santa Clara County Girls Athlete of the Week was likely not a tough choice for the San Jose Mercury News as she scored 40 points during a 69-42 win over Milpitas.
Mareshah Farmer (View Park, Los Angeles)
Averaging more than 31 points per game, Farmer had another big triple-double last week with 35 points to go along with 12 assists and 11 rebounds during a 76-14 win over West Adams of Los Angeles.
Whitney Branham (West Ranch, Valencia)
One of the top reported scorers in the state, she scored 35 points to go along with a season-high 20 rebounds during a 69-57 win over Golden Valley of Santa Clarita.
Imani Littleton (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
Putting together impressive back-to-back performances last week, she scored 29 points during a 75-37 win over Santa Fe Christian and then the next day scored a season-high 34 points while also grabbing a season-high 20 rebounds during a 87-61 loss to Serra of Gardena.
Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte, Orinda)
One of the top sophomores not just in the state but in the nation, Ionescu scored 29 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had seven assists and seven steals during a 78-62 win over Berkeley.
Brooke Johnson (Hanford)
She’s taken over the leadership role for the Bullpups after the graduation of Bayli McClard. She has signed with UNLV and has led Hanford to a 17-2 record. Last week in a 76-28 victory against Mt. Whitney of Visalia, Johnson had a triple-double with 23 points, 12 steals and 10 assists. Earlier this week, Johnson had 25 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists as Hanford beat Redwood of Visalia 75-46.
Jessica De Gree (San Clemente)
De Gree’s 23 points and 15 rebounds weren’t enough to prevent a 59-55 loss to Rosary of Fullerton but her 33 points and 16 rebounds against El Toro was in a 68-60 winning effort. The 33 points was the second time this month she has scored that many points in a game, which is her season-best.
Amber Megoza (Santa Barbara)
Scoring half of the Dons’ points during a 64-49 win over Buena of Ventura, she finished with 32 points.
Sarah Vasquez (Immanuel, Reedley)
A transfer from San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno, she scored a season high by scoring 31 points as Immanuel beat Kingsburg 62-30.
Taylor Brown (Chino)
For the fourth time this season, Brown scored more than 30 points in a game as she scored 31 during a 67-58 win over Colony of Ontario. She is a four-year starter and looks like a certain all-state candidate.
Kira Cusworth (Moorpark)
Starting the week off by showing her worth to the Musketeers, she scored 30 points during a 61-35 win over Thousand Oaks.
Christina Castro (Lindsay)
She scored 30 points in a 66-53 win over Sierra Pacific of Hanford and 28 against Granite Hills of Porterville. Lindsay won the second game 78-39.
Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
One of the top juniors in the state and nation, Lou scored 29 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists during a 84-41 win over Palisades at the Tony Matson Memorial Classic.
Jackie Cenan (Laguna Beach)
One of the top scorers in Orange County, this 5-foot-9 sophomore scored enough points on her own for the Breakers to get the win as she scored 29 during a 61-22 win over Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana.
Kayla Washington (Cajon, San Bernardino)
The sophomore standout had two big-time double-doubles last week with 27 points and 19 rebounds during a 89-23 win over Redlands and then 23 points and 23 rebounds during a 89-27 win over Yucaipa.
Paul Muyskens is the Stockton office assistant editor for Cal-Hi Sports and can be seen around town also working for the Stockton Ports and University of the Pacific. Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at email@example.com. Don’t forget to follow Paul and Mark on Twitter: @CalHiSports