All of the exclusive Cal-Hi Sports state records for girls basketball have been updated prior to the start of the 2023-24 season. Both team and individual categories have been completed through the 2022-23 season. Coaching records already were updated approximately one month after last season ended. Go inside for a list of players and teams who are now all among various all-time state lists.
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The upcoming seasons at the University of Washington will be extra-special for anyone who has been following the record-breaking careers of Chloe Briggs when she played at Ontario Christian and Ari Long when she was at Valley View of Moreno Valley. They will be freshman teammates for the Huskies and have been busy getting ready for the 2023-24 season.
Chloe and Ari certainly kept us busy updating all of their totals as their high school careers concluded. Both gained numerous mentions and not just in scoring.
Briggs averaged 33.8 ppg as a freshman in the 2019-20 season to lead the state and gained another state record listing that year for scoring 1,216 points. As her career continued, she kept pouring in the points while developing more of her skills as a point guard. Chloe ended her career with 3,474 points, which broke the previous CIF Southern Section record of 3,446 set in 1982 by the legendary Cheryl Miller of Riverside Poly. She also moved up to No. 3 on the all-time state list. In addition, Briggs handed out 283 assists in her junior season for an all-time state listing and she ended her career with 951 assists (which ranks No. 5 on the state list).
Long had an even more prolific scoring season for Valley View as a senior than Briggs had as a freshman at Ontario Christian. She poured in 1,021 points in 29 games for a 35.2 scoring average. Only Cheryl Miller’s 37.5 and 36.3 averages in her junior and senior seasons are higher in Inland Empire history. Ari also made it onto the all-time single game list when she hit for 61 points in her last regular season outing against Lakeside of Lake Elsinore. For her career, Long finished with 3,084 points (which is 16th in state history).
Washington has had a lot of success with California girls, especially when Kelsey Plum (La Jolla Country Day) was there and became the NCAA all-time scoring leader. Let’s hope that continues with Chloe Briggs and Ari Long.
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CAN OAKLAND TECH WIN 4TH STRAIGHT CIF STATE TITLE?
One of the team categories that doesn’t always get updated after every season is most consecutive CIF state championships. It did pretty quickly after last March’s CIF state finals held at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento after head coach Leroy Hurt and his team at Oakland Tech defeated Santiago of Corona, 75-52, to capture the D1 crown. It was Tech’s third straight state title and its fifth overall, both totals that are among the best in state history.
After those 2022 state finals, Hurt publicly lobbied the CIF for his team to be in D1 or higher for 2023. That is what happened as the Bulldogs went D1 and the move up from D2 did not slow them down.
To gain a fourth straight CIF state title may require Tech to shoot even higher. Although all-state guard Erin Sellers has graduated, the Bulldogs had two of the state’s top freshmen who are returning as sophomores. Six-foot-three Jhai Johnson, the daughter of NFL quarterback Josh Johnson, is actually one of the top Class of 2026 prospects in the nation. Upcoming sophomore Terri’A Russell also is highly regarded along with returning all-state junior Taliyah Logwood.
The Cal-Hi Sports Preseason State TOP 40 rankings will be out most likely by Sunday, Nov. 11, but it’s easy to see that the Bulldogs will be among the leading teams in Northern California. That means the likelihood is high that they will be in the Open Division for the 2023-24 playoffs. Based on what Tech has done in recent years, however, it may not be wise to completely disregard what the Bulldogs can do at the highest level.
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MORE PLAYERS ADDED TO ALL-TIME
Audrey Harris (Faith Christian, Yuba City)
Her scoring average at the super-small private school dropped from 46.3 in 2022 (a state record) to 20.6 in 2023 (her senior year). That put her overall career scoring average at 28.5 (also on the all-time list).
She was a player that did a lot of damage on defense for the Cavers in 2023. Lewis ended the season with a state record list qualifying total of 256 steals in 28 games.
Brooklyn McCrary (Monrovia)
The 2023 graduate of the L.A. County school was known for grabbing rebounds over the past three seasons. She snagged 536 of them last season in 28 games and that was good enough to make the book. She had a season high of 35 rebounds (which was in a game vs L.A. Sacred Heart of Jesus), but that is two short of going onto that list.
Jocelyn Medina (Pierce, Arbuckle)
The other girl besides Chloe Briggs and Ari Long who ended a prolific career of scoring was Medina. She didn’t set a new Northern Section record but her mark of 3,131 points is higher than Long’s and was inserted into the 16th spot on the all-time list.
Sophia Rogers (Marysville)
The graduated senior didn’t lead the state in steals by average, but her total of 273 in 34 games was high enough to gain her a state record book listing.
Dejah Saldivar (Ontario Christian)
Helped with getting some assists from teammate Chloe Briggs, Saldivar set a new state record when she buried 17 three-pointers in a 115-30 victory vs Linfield Christian. Dejah took 31 three-point attempts to get her record.
Hailey Schaffer (Glendora)
A senior last season for the Tartans, Schaffer flashed her quick hands to come up with 20 steals during an 83-27 win over Alta Loma.
Elliott Schwartz (John Adams Academy, Roseville)
A freshman to watch, Schwartz almost made the state list for scoring with a 32.1 average over 19 games. She did make it for steals with a total of 234.
Logan Scott (St. Monica, Santa Monica)
As a freshman last season, Logan gained an all-state listing by blocking 16 shots in a win vs Beverly Hills.
Juju Watkins (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth)
The two-time Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year was added onto the single game list for scoring 60 points on her senior night last season in a win against Alemany of Mission Hills. We are still listing her career scoring total as not reported, but know it’s pretty high on the charts. Her first school, Windward of Los Angeles, and Sierra Canyon don’t do MaxPreps. A career scoring total for her also wasn’t reported in any of the articles we looked at while looking for it and it wasn’t included in her USC bio.
Kristan Yumul (Oxnard)
Senior sharpshooter hit for 11 three-pointers in game vs Rio Mesa of Oxnard.
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