One week after all of our boys basketball state records were completely updated prior to the start of the upcoming 2022-23 season, we have done the same for the girls. One returning player already is on the all-time state list for career scoring while another won’t need much to get up there. Go inside for a look at those teams and players from the 2021-22 season who have been added to these records.
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To say that Chloe Briggs of Ontario Christian made an immediate impact as a freshman after she and her family moved to Southern California would be an understatement. The combo guard averaged 33.8 ppg that season with a high water mark of 50 that was the top reported scoring average in the state.
Since then, questions about Briggs not playing very tough competition and being a more well-rounded player have been answered. The team can’t do anything about the league it is in, but has played tougher teams (one win last season was against Long Beach Poly) and has been placed in higher playoff divisions due to competitive equity. Chloe herself also has concentrated more on being a creator for teammates than scoring, which is shown with her lower scoring average (22.7) compared to much higher assists (9.1 per game) for last season. It’s all paid off for her with a commitment to the University of Washington.
With that freshman season as a major push, Briggs starts her senior season with 2,629 points in three seasons. That already is No. 31 on the all-time state list. With just 371 points to go, she would become just the 16th player in state history to reach 3,000 (joining the likes of Diana Taurasi, Cheryl Miller and Candice Wiggins). The all-time record of 4,300 held by Destiny Littleton of La Jolla Bishop’s in 2017 seems out of reach, but Briggs could get past the No. 3 mark set by Miller at Riverside Poly in 1982 at 3,446. That also would a new Inland Empire record.
Another Inland Empire girl who should move up onto the all-time career scoring list when she’s done is Ari Long from Valley View of Moreno Valley. Ari, who has been added to the all-time record for her 86.7 percent free throw shooting percentage from last season, begins the 2022-23 season with 2,032 career points. She only needs to get to 2,325 to gain an all-time listing.
FOR THE UPDATED STATE RECORDS FOR GIRLS HOOPS SCORING & SHOOTING (GOLD CLUB), CLICK HERE.
TWO BIG-TIME TEAM STREAKS WERE SNAPPED LAST SEASON
It took two wins to do it, but the Sonora High of La Habra girls basketball team was able to defeat Troy of Fullerton in two Freeway League contests last season and thus snapped the Warriors’ streak of winning consecutive league championships at 29 years.
Head coach Melissa Barajas’ girls had to work hard for the second win, but got it 52-49 and thus denied Troy the opportunity of finishing in a tie atop the final league standings and thus keeping its streak going.
The 29-year streak by the Warriors is the ongoing state record, but now that it’s over there’s now the chance it could be broken in four years by Lynwood. Head coach Ellis Barfield’s program has won 26 straight league titles and its streak is not over.
It wasn’t a state record, but the another major team record that close to being broken was for consecutive section titles. The record is still 16 by Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo, but entering last season the girls at St. Mary’s of Stockton had won 13 in a row and it was thought there was a good chance the Rams would get to 14. They didn’t as their streak was snapped in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals by Folsom. The Bulldogs edged the Rams, 55-54, on a last second shot by Kamryn Mafua. Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills then edged Folsom, 41-40, to win the section title.
With the St. Mary’s section title streak over, the team now with the most section titles in a row is Clovis West of Fresno, which has won 10 in a row in the CIF Central Section. It will take a few years, however, before the Golden Eagles can get close to Mission Prep’s state record.
FOR THE UPDATED STATE RECORDS FOR GIRLS HOOPS TEAM RECORDS (GOLD CLUB), CLICK HERE.
More Individuals Who Earned State Record Listings From Last Season
Gabriel Abigor (Berean Christian, Walnut Creek)
Just a junior with two more years to go, Abigor had 21 blocked shots in one game last season and 18 in another to gain her two first state record book qualifying listings.
Amanda Dias (Pacific Bay Christian, Pacifica)
Finished 327 career three-pointers in 84 games and also had 116 made in 2021-22.
Lala Everett (Lincoln, San Diego)
Hit for 65 points in 104-8 win vs Coronado.
Jessica Grant (Mission Hills, San Marcos)
Now at UC Santa Barbara, the 2022 grad set a new state record for career three-pointers with 486 (broke the record by one) and made 162 three-pointers last season.
Audrey Harris (Faith Christian, Yuba City)
She’ll be back this season at this small school in the Sac-Joaquin Section. She set a state record in 2021-22 with a 46.4 per game scoring average.
Gabriela Jaquez (Camarillo)
Probably the most impressive aspect of Gabriela’s season in 2021-22 is that she not only led the state with the most points scored (1,127) but she also led with the most total rebounds (518). Here career total of 2,425 points also makes the book.
Londynn Jones (Centennial, Corona)
UCLA teammate of Jaquez finished her four varsity seasons with 2,713 points. Londynn did two years first at Santiago and then two years at Centennial.
Liliana Maldonado (San Ysidro)
In 23 games for the Cougars, Maldonado had a senior season with 237 steals (which makes the book). One of her single games, with 18 steals against Southwest of San Diego, also is now in the book.
Jocelyn Medina (Pierce, Arbuckle)
It’s not far from Arbuckle to Yuba City where Audrey Harris is playing, but it’s a different CIF section. Medina also is back this season after averaging 39.0 ppg as a junior. She had a high game of 61 points that also makes the book.
There also were several girls who made at least 11 three-pointers in a game who are now listed. They are Ryka Arpremeyan of San Jose Evergreen Valley, Morgan Trigueiro of Corcoran, Zoe Tillery from Laguna Creek of Elk Grove and Kaitlyn Imai of Scotts Valley.
TO SEE ALL OF THE STATE RECORDS FOR INDIVIDUAL REBOUNDS, ASSISTS, BLOCKS & STEALS CATEGORIES (GOLD CLUB), CLICK HERE.