It’s another week of stat stuffing excellence, including a boy from Branham (in San Jose) and a girl named Branham (frem West Ranch of Valencia). We also have Cole Lockwood from Santa Clara (41 points) and Ali Englehart (21 of 24 free throws).
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Cole Lockwood (Santa Clara)
He was definitely locked in as a shooter against Gunn of Palo Alto with 41 points during the Bruins’ 86-67 triumph. The 6-foot-1 senior guard is one of the top scorers this season in the CIF Central Coast Section.
Aaron Holiday (Campbell Hall, North Hollywood)
With his brother Jrue of the New Orleans Pelicans in attendance, he put on quite a show as he scored 39 points but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 76-66 loss to state-ranked Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth.
Lamont Tyler (Villa Park)
More than doubling his season average of 17.3 ppg, he scored a season-high 38 points while grabbing nine rebounds during a 70-64 Century League win over Brea Olinda.
Braxton Huggins (Mira Monte, Bakersfield)
With not just one stat star worthy game last week, Huggins scored 36 points in an 69-53 loss to Ridgeview and then came back with 37 points during a 79-68 loss to Golden Valley. He is averaging a Central Section best 31.9 points per game.
Jason Ball (Venice, Los Angeles)
He scored a game-high 35 points but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 95-85 loss to University of Los Angeles and its stat star, Tre Watson.
Austin Clyde (Del Norte, San Diego)
With back-to-back 34-point games against Ramona and Oceanside, this senior forward is now averaging 21.6 ppg along with 6.1 rebounds.
Daryl Edwards (Fresno)
Another CIF Central Section standout with a high scoring average (23.8 ppg), he knocked down 33 points during a 68-62 win over Sunnyside of Fresno.
T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian, El Cajon)
Despite this 6-foot-9 sophomore scoring 32 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, the Knights’ six-game winning streak came to an end during a 86-83 loss to Price of Los Angeles.
Brandon Waltrip (Caruthers)
During a 102-50 win over Riverdale, he scored a career-high 32 points.
Jalen Benitez (Prospect, Saratoga)
He pumped in 31 points during a 75-49 win over Evergreen Valley, which gets him listed here, but he also had 15 points while going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line during a 72-65 win over Gunderson.
Tommy Rutherford (Grossmont, El Cajon)
One of the leading scorers in the CIF San Diego Section, this 6-foot-9 sophomore averages 22 ppg and that includes a 31-point performance last week during a 72-71 loss to Steele Canyon. He also scored 27 points during a 66-54 win over Granite Hills.
Tyler Dorsey (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
The big-time junior scored a team-high 31 points, but the Braves still needed a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer from Daniel Hamilton to defeat JSerra Catholic 78-75 for head coach Derrick Taylor’s 300th career win.
Chase Sandifer (Taft, Woodland Hills)
In West Valley League play, he scored 30 points during a 63-56 win over Cleveland of Reseda.
Danny Mahoney (Serra, San Mateo)
Showing that Trevor Dunbar of St. Ignatius is not the only stat star from the West Catholic Athletic League, Mahoney hit on 21 of his game-high 30 points in the first half when the Padres defeated Bellarmine of San Jose 60-45.
Stephen Thompson Jr. (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance)
In the battle for the Del Rey League, the Knights moved into a tie for first with Serra of Gardena as he scored 30 points during their 65-51 win over the Cavaliers.
Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
The current leader in our CalHiSports Mr. Basketball Tracker scored 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had seven assists during the Monarchs’ 78-68 win over St. John Bosco of Bellflower.
Sedrick Barefield (Centennial, Corona)
He needed to step up with leading scorer Deontae North not playing and he did with 29 points to lead the offense during a 72-63 road win over Cathedral of Los Angeles on Saturday. He also scored 29 points during a 82-67 win over M.L. King of Riverside.
Eddie Galvan (Pacifica, Oxnard)
Named the Athlete of the Week by the Ventura County Star, he made eight 3-pointers and finished with 29 points, eight assists and seven steals during a 71-40 win over Channel Islands. He also had 25 points while making seven 3-pointers during a 70-62 win over Camarillo.
Preston Beverly (Elsinore, Lake Elsinore)
Leading the Tigers to a comeback win against Perris, he scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
Tre Weston (University, Los Angeles)
There are double-doubles and then there are double-doubles like the one Weston had last week during a 95-85 win over Venice of Los Angeles. He scored 26 points and grabbed 27 rebounds against fellow stat star Jason Ball.
Thomas Lapham (Loyola, Los Angeles)
Stepping up due to the news that the Cubs will be without Parker Jackson-Cartwright the rest of the season, he moved into the starting lineup and scored 20 of his 25 points during the fourth quarter, while making 12 straight free throws, during a 63-51 win over Crespi of Encinco.
Matthew Thomas (Newark Memorial, Newark)
In a game that CalHiSports was there to see, he had 19 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks as the Cougars extended their 41-game MVAL winning streak with a 65-64 win over Moreau Catholic of Hayward in front of a standing-room only crowd. Thomas is a 6-foot-8 senior has had some other strong double-double outings this season, including 20 points and 13 rebounds when Newark Memorial handed Jesuit of Carmichael its first loss of the season.
Brandon McCoy (Morse, San Diego)
A freshman to keep your eyes on down in San Diego, this 6-foot-9 youngster had 16 points and 17 rebounds during a 55-52 loss against Hoover of San Diego.
Jackie Cenan (Laguna Beach)
Putting on an impressive shooting performance during the Breakers’ 67-52 win over Godinez of Santa Ana, this sophomore made 16 of her 22 shots from the field and finished with 41 points. Cenan is averaging 23.3 points per game.
Ali Engelhardt (Mt. Carmel, San Diego)
Not a stranger to being listed here, this junior forward is one of the leading scorers in the CIF San Diego Section and she put up another big time performance during the Sundevils’ 58-39 win over Poway. She scored 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Twenty-one of her 35 points came from the free-throw line as she converted 21 of her 24 free-throw attempts.
Taylor Pierce (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad)
Averaging 21.4 points per game this season, this 5-foot-7 junior scored 34 points during a 93-47 win over El Camino of Oceanside.
Regina Sankey (Branham, San Jose)
Sinking basket after basket, some from downtown, Sankey sunk Evergreen Valley in a 57-54 win for the Bruins. She ended with 33 points.
Emily Hardin (Monache, Porterville)
Tulare had a hard time stopping her scoring attack as she scored 31 points during a 81-45 win for the Marauders.
Dashayla Johnson (Tulare Western, Tulare)
Tulare had state stat worthy performances done against it twice last week. In addition to Monache’s Hardin, Johnson scored 31 points during a 64-31 win.
Mariya Moore (Salesian, Richmond)
Ranking high in our new Ms. Basketball POY Tracker, she scored 28 points and had 17 rebounds as the Pride clinched their first outright league championship with a 62-51 win over St. Mary’s of Berkeley.
Kelli Hayes (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
Scoring half of her points from the free-throw line, she finished with 28 points as the Monarchs defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral 45-42.
Sierra Campisano (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
One of the San Diego area standouts this season, the sophomore scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds during a 55-42 road win against Olympian of Chula Vista.
Whitney Branham (West Ranch, Valencia)
One of the state’s top reported scorers, she hit for 30 points during a 52-40 win last week over Saugus. Earlier this week, she scored 35 points in a 71-61 loss to Golden Valley of Santa Clarita and is now averaging 28 ppg through 25 games.
Coco Miller (JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano)
Following a 31-point performance from the week before, the junior guard scored 28 points last week in a 77-57 loss to Bishop’s of La Jolla.
Imani Littleton (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
Making sure the Lady Knights wouldn’t lose a second straight game, she scored 29 points and had nine rebounds during their 77-57 win over JSerra Catholic and Coco Miller.
Jessica De Gree (San Clemente)
Opening up this week by outscoring Laguna Hills on her own, she scored 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds during a 83-18 win on Monday.
Rebecca Gallis (Kern Valley, Lake Isabella)
For the second time this season, this sophomore recorded a triple-double as she scored 28 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had 12 steals and seven assists in a 66-28 win over California City on Friday night. On the season, she is averaging 23.4 ppg for the Lady Broncs.
Kayla Brown (Wilton Christian, Wilton)
With a huge triple-double last week of 27 points, 18 steals and 13 rebounds, Brown led the Patriots to a 46-34 win over Faith Christian of Yuba City.
Shalaunda Burney Robinson (Knight, Palmdale)
One of the state’s leading rebounders who averages 19.1 rebounds per game, she grabbed 28 rebounds to go with 26 points in a 59-43 win over Palmdale.
Jessica Curl (Mercy, Red Bluff)
This double-double machine from up north scored 22 points and grabbed 21 rebounds during a 54-24 win for the Warriors over Chester. On the season, she is averaging 21.7 points and 19.6 rebounds a game.
Sabrina Johnson (Ocean View Christian, San Diego)
She was just three steals shy of a quadruple-double last week during a 50-22 win over Calvary Christian Academy of Chula Vista. She scored 12 points, grabbed 28 rebounds and had 10 assists to go along with seven steals.
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