SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week

Two of this week’s players of the week are Livi Lindsey of Redding Christian & Xavier Allison of Carlsbad Sage Creek. Photos: Redding Christian/Facebook.com & thesagenews.com.

Believe it or not, but one of our boys honorees this week is a freshman who nailed 10 straight 3-pointers in one game. Meet Jalen Patterson from Liberty Ranch High in Galt. Our other selections this week come from Carlsbad, Los Angeles and Redding.

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Note: For these honors, we consider CIF Central Section players for Northern California. To find out how your business could benefit by sponsoring these honors each week or to nominate someone by 12 noon on most Mondays, email markjtennis@gmail.com.

Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Xavier Allison
(Sage Creek, Carlsbad) Sr.

Only twice this season before last week had Xavier even recorded a double-double but this senior captain came up big last week during a 72-60 win over Granite Hills of El Cajon as he recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. With the win, the Bobcats moved into this week’s CIF San Diego Section Division III semifinals after starting the playoffs as a No. 10 seed. They knocked off the No. 2 seed Eagles after beating No. 10 Christian of El Cajon in the opening round.

Allison’s 20 points nearly matched his season-high of 21 while the 10 rebounds was a season high. Not known as much for his scoring, Allison was averaging 12 points, 7.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game heading into this week. His assist average, however, is one of the highest in the state.

When he started out at Sage Creek, Allison also was helping establish a brand-new program at a brand-new school. He was an all-league player as a junior.

Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Girls Basketball Player of the Week

Dawnyel Lair (Fairfax, Los Angeles) Jr.

With the Lions trailing by seven, she made sure their season would not come to an end as she finished with a season-high 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 68-63 overtime win against Granada Hills Charter in the CIF L.A. City Section Open Division semifinals.

It was Lair’s sixth straight double-double and ninth of the season even though she did not play for the Lions until January due to her transfer from Price of Los Angeles. At Price last season, she averaged 25 ppg and was chosen to the Division V all-state team.

Through 16 games this season, Lair is averaging 17.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.4 steals per game and the Lions have lost just once with her on the court.


Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Jalen Patterson (Liberty Ranch, Galt) Fr.

While he is just a freshman and will have plenty more games with the Hawks, it may be hard to top Patterson’s performance when No. 6 seed Liberty Ranch defeated the No. 3 seed Calaveras of San Andreas 82-67 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.

Facing a Calaveras team that had won its last 17 games at home and their last home loss coming over 400 days ago, Patterson knocked down 10 three-pointers and finished with 34 points. More amazingly, he was 10 of 11 from three-point range with several of his treys coming from way behind the line, according to former CIF SJS assistant commissioner John WIlliams, who witnessed the performance. Patterson missed his first attempt, then made 10 in a row.

Averaging 17 points per game this season, Patterson’s previous season and career-high was 27 points, which came during a loss to McKinleyville.

Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Girls Basketball Player of the Week

Livi Lindsey (Redding Christian) Jr.

Playing in the same CIF Northern Section Division VI playoff game as frequent State Stat Star and 25 ppg scorer Rachel Rogers, Lindsey lit up the night for 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Redding Christian past Los Molinos 57-43. The Lions advanced to this week’s semifinals against No. 2 seed Loyalton.

Earlier this season, Lindsey helped Redding Christian win its third straight Five-Star League title by averaging nearly 19.7 points, 5.5 steals, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. One of her other top outings was 24 points and nine steals in a win against Mercy of Red Bluff and 32 points in another win vs. Mercy.

As with others from small schools in the Northern Section, Livi, who has already scored more than 1,000 career points, plays multiple sports. She was all-league as a sophomore in softball and in the spring mixed it up with boys on Redding Christian’s co-ed soccer team. She is one only seven players on this season’s girls basketball team.

“Livi is a tremendous young woman, who is an incredible competitor,” said Redding Christian basketball coach Todd Dwyer. “She is a motivated, hard working player, who often stays after practice to get up more shots. She’s always looking to improve and is willing to do anything it takes to win. She is truly a joy to coach and watch.”

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


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