State Stat Stars of the Week

Joel Finney from Central City (Los Angeles) has been averaging 33 points per game so far this season and could set some records. Photo:

Joel Finney from Central City (Los Angeles) has been averaging 33 points per game so far this season and could set some records. Photo:

There’s still a few footballers making waves, including the two QBs who will face off in the CIF Division VIAA state final in Orange County. Joel Finney of Central City (Los Angeles) is again among boys’ standouts with a 33 ppg average while for the girls we introduce you to standout sophomore Anyssia Gibbs of Apple Valley plus provide link to amazing game-winning shot by Sierra Canyon’s Ryann Payne.

For this week’s SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week, CLICK HERE.

Note: We will collect totals from MaxPreps, newspapers, tweets and from those sent in to us. We also will compile single-game highs from this post throughout the season and of course we use our weekly State Stat Stars collection as an aid for the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book. That is the only state record book anyone has ever done and we have published it seven times with full copyright protection. To report totals to us for this feature and for the record book, email or call 209-463-9050. You can also text to 209-608-1317.

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(All players listed in alphabetical order)
(For football games played through Saturday, Dec. 12)
(Boys & girls basketball through some games this week)
(Thanks to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett for contributions)


Eric Barriere & Prince Ross (La Habra)
It was a great end to the season for these two despite the Highlanders’ 63-49 loss to Camarillo in the CIF D2AA South bowl game. Barriere, playing despite a severe cut on a finger, passed for 424 yards and four TDs and also rushed for a score. Ross had nine catches for 246 yards and two TDs.

Greg Bell of Bonita Vista had a big outing against Anaheim Canyon. Photo:

Greg Bell of Bonita Vista had a big outing against Anaheim Canyon. Photo:

Greg Bell (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista)
He had probably the best outing by a back in all of the regional bowl games to lead the Barons past Canyon of Anaheim in the CIF D4AA South bowl game. The San Diego State-bound senior had 32 carries for 276 yards and two scores.

Jake Constantine (Camarillo)
In another huge outing for the senior QB, Constantine hit on 22 of 31 passes for 354 yards and a Ventura County record-tying seven TDs when the Scorpions beat La Habra 63-49 in the CIF D2AA South bowl game. He’s now thrown for 3,679 yards and 49 TDs for the season.

Kade Henjum (Saddleback Valley Christian)
In his team’s 59-45 victory over Kennedy of Delano in the CIF D6AA South bowl game, Henjum threw three interceptions but also went 18 of 34 for 350 yards and four touchdowns.

Joseph McDaniel (Hanford)
Senior running back had a fine game in the Bullpups’ 42-18 win over Sonora in the CIF D4-AA regional final by rushing for 183 yards and two touchdowns and became the first player in school history to reach 2,000 rushing yards in one season. Teammate Ryan Johnson also is now just 83 yards short of breaking school record for passing yards. He has 2,815 yards entering the state final.

Caleb Paulson (Immanuel, Reedley)
He holds all of the passing records at Immanuel and had an outstanding game by passing for 282 yards on 26 of 43 with two touchdowns when the Eagles topped Bradshaw Christian of Sacramento 31-21 in the CIF D5AA regional final. Junior kicker Viktor Cooper also kicked a 26-yard field goal to seal the victory and has set a school record this season with 78 kicking points.

Jack Rice (St. Bernard’s, Eureka)
In the CIF Division 5-A NorCal regional final, Rice was cooking again as he hit on 14 of 24 for 257 yards and seven TDs in a 55-0 romp past Fall River of McArthur. Rice also rushed for 148 yards on 10 carries and one TD.


Riley Battin (Oak Park)
Playing at the Sierra Canyon Tournament, he had a big double-double with 28 points and 20 rebounds during a 66-47 win over St. Genevieve of Panorama City. Battin also had 21 points and 15 rebounds during a 69-53 win over Chatsworth.

Jonah Brown (Clovis North, Fresno)
The 6-foot-3 senior guard tied a school record by scoring 36 points in a hard fought 74-70 win over Centennial of Bakersfield. The Broncos are off to a 5-1 start this season.

Kihei Clark (Taft, Woodland Hills)
Transferring from Buckley of Sherman Oaks for his sophomore year, he was named tournament MVP after scoring 198 points at the Beverly Hills tournament won by the Toreadors.
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Jacob Davison (Cantwell-Sacred Heart, Montebello)
During a 73-56 win over Serra of Gardena, he scored 36 points and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line as the Cardinals improved to 5-2 on the year.

Joel Finney (Central City, Los Angeles)
Averaging 33 points per game so far this season, he had a busy week last week as he scored at least 32 points in all six of the Jaguars’ games, including games of 40, 43 and 49 during a 5-1 week.

Pepe Garcia (Los Alamitos)
It certainly was not a night that he had a stinker of a performance as he came up five points shy of the school record with eight 3-pointers and 37 points during a 74-60 win over Canyon of Anaheim.

Jake Halderman (Hayfork)
We have a soft spot for the Timberjacks since we once went way up there to present Class B state football honors. Halderman is a junior standout on the court this season and had a season high 38 points in a 67-56 triumph last week vs. Foresthill.

Caleb Hoag (Big Valley Christian, Modesto)
For the second week in a row, he scored over 30 points as this 6-foot-3 junior scored 33 points during a 98-65 win over Waterford. Hoag also knocked down 9 of his 11 attempts from behind the three-point line.

Elias King (Christian Brothers, Sacramento)
After just 14 points during a win over Del Oro of Loomis, this 6-foot-7 sophomore’s next two games showed he is someone to keep an eye on. King scored 38 points during a 83-69 loss to Archbishop Mitty of San Jose at the Father Barry tournament and had 33 points with 11 rebounds during a 68-45 win over St. Mary’s of Stockton.

Clayton Ladine (Burton, San Francisco)
He had four straight triple-doubles heading into this week after going for 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists during a 102-90 loss to Piedmont.

Elijah Mosham (El Dorado, Placentia)
Helping his team improve to 4-2 on the year with a 76-68 win over Sultana of Hesperia, he scored a game-high 35 points while grabbing 27 rebounds. Earlier this season, Mosham also had a game that saw him score 17 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and block 10 shots at the Godinez Invitational.

David Rico (Kerman)
A stat star regular from last season, this junior sharp-shooter scorched the nets for 43 points, the third best in school history, in a narrow 79-77 loss to Kingsburg 79-77.

Sean Rodriguez (Piedmont)
One of the Contra Costa Times’ Athletes of the Week, Rodriguez got it done with 28 points plus 10 rebounds and five assists when the Highlanders topped Burton of San Francisco 102-90. He also had 20 points when Piedmont beat San Francisco Washington 79-42.

Brandon Russell (El Camino Real, Woodland Hills)
Helping his team advance to the semifinals at the Beverly Hills Tournament, he scored 33 points during a 53-52 win over Windward of Los Angeles.

Alex Wright (Woodcrest Christian, Riveriside)
In leading his team past Jurupa Valley 70-51 in the title game of the Woodcrest tourney, Wright poured in 42 points and earned MVP honors for that event.


Cali Anderson (Bret Harte, Angels Camp)
Averaging a double-double this season, this 5-foot-11 junior had 24 points with 23 rebounds two weeks ago during a win over Davis before finishing last week with 28 points and 11 rebounds during a 42-35 win over Tokay of Lodi and 30 points with eight rebounds during a 56-36 win over Galt.

Ryann Payne will apparently be a key player this season at Sierra Canyon in the aftermath of several major graduations. Photo:

Ryann Payne will apparently be a key player this season at Sierra Canyon in the aftermath of several major graduations. Photo:

Janasjia Bethke & Taylor Oshiro (Trinty Classical Academy)
One of these two isn’t a newcomer to being listed here as Oshiro had 30 points, seven steals and seven assists while her freshmen teammate had 37 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals during a 79-33 win over Rolling Hills Prep. Bethke also had 30 points, six steals and seven assists during a 66-36 win over Vaughn to open the season.

Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley)
In a 83-59 triumph by the 3-0 Falcons over Santa Clara in the title game of the Santa Clara Tip-Off Classic, Boyle nearly came up with a quadruple-double. She scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds, nine assists and eight blocks. She also had three steals. For the three games of the tourney, the 5-foot-11 junior forward also had 42 points, 29 rebounds, 16 assists, 13 steals and 11 blocks.

Delacy Brown (Poly, Riverside)
Among the top scorers listed in the state and our first SoCal player of the week for the girls, she scored 33 points during a 56-44 win over Loma Linda Academy.

Anyssia Gibbs (Granite Hills, Apple Valley)
Just a sophomore, she is showing why she is a captain for the Cougars. Gibbs was one rebound shy of a quadruple-double during a 62-45 win over Adelanto. Her final stat line in the win saw her with 31 points, 11 assists, 10 steals and for the first time this season she fell short of 10 rebounds by grabbing just nine. Through six games, she is averaging 27.2 points, 13 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 8.7 steals per game.

Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte, Orinda)
One of the top uncommitted seniors in the nation, she scored 35 points and had nine assists during an 83-49 win over McClatchy of Sacramento, which was last season’s CIF Division I state champion.

Destiny Littleton (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
She has it looking like she is going to be a weekly regular here after scoring 45 points the week before she scored 30, 45 and 52 points in three wins last week. Her 45 points came during a 100-12 win over Santana of Santee while coming up one rebound shy of a triple-double since she also had 10 steals. Ending the week with her 52-point performance, she also had eight rebounds during the 95-22 win over Helix of La Mesa.

Amber Melgoza (Santa Barbara)
It’s still early in the season, but she set her season-high with 30 points during a 76-37 win over Cabrillo of Lompoc before breaking it two days later with 37 points during a 88-55 win over Buena of Ventura.

Naje Murray (St. Mary’s, Stockton)
The single-game high so far for the Rams (who are out to a 6-0 start and will head to the Nike TOC in Arizona ranked No. 1 in the state and nation) was Murray hitting for 24 in a 90-36 victory vs. Inderkum of Sacramento.

Lillian Olson (Sacramento Waldorf, Fair Oaks)
While it was a tough week for the Waves since they went just 1-3, Olson had a nice game in their lone win with 33 points during a 61-43 win over Valley Christian of Roseville.

Ryann Payne (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth)
In a rematch of last year’s CIF Southern Section Open Division quarterfinal which was won by Alemany, it came down to the final shot of the game when Payne hit a three-pointer after crossing midcourt for a 52-51 win by Sierra Canyon in the semifinals of the Burroughs Tournament. She finished the game with 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds and then scored a game-high 24 points to help the Trailblazers win the championship with a 53-46 win over Granada Hills. For a look at that amazing shot, CLICK HERE.

Jasmine Pharms (Stagg, Stockton)
A powerful athlete who is state-ranked in the shot put and discus, she is throwing herself around the court these days. She had 29 points and 29 rebounds when the Delta Queens lost to Atwater 57-53 last week and had 32 points and 12 rebounds in a 54-53 triumph over Weston Ranch.

Brittney Reed (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta)
Facing Norco in the championship game of the Lady Husky tournament, she had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists during the 71-51 win before being named tournament MVP.

Reili Richardson (Brea Olinda, Brea)
After being named the tournament MVP at the LadyCat Classic earlier in the week, she scored 31 points during a 63-46 win at Fairmont Prep of Anaheim. Brea improved to 5-0 before heading to the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona.

Kameron Taylor (Bakersfield Christian, Bakersfield)
The Eagles started the season with three straight losses but they won their fourth in a row when Taylor scored 30 points during a 43-41 win over Exeter.

Jordan Thompson (Harker, San Jose)
Following up an opening week that saw her twice score 32 points in a game, this junior guard scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds last week during a 64-22 win over Harbor of Santa Cruz.

Baylee Vanderdoes (Placer, Auburn)
Held to under 20 points during two straight losses, she bounced back with a season-best scoring performance when she made six three-pointers and scored 41 points during a 77-71 win over West Valley of Cottonwood.

Paul Muyskens is the Stockton office assistant editor for Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports

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