GREAT SCOTT: Sentinel Coach of the Year Tony Scott led Inglewood (19-17) to the schoolâ€™s first state final.
His point guard, Hazel Ramirez, was named Sentinel Player of the Year and forward Tayler Champion,
his stepdaughter, made the All-Sentinel Team.
All Sentinel Girls Team
Player of the Year: Hazel Ramirez, Inglewood – The heart and soul of the Sentinels’s successful season, Ramirez made thing happen with her pin-point passing, scoring and iron will that any great point guard needs.
When they needed a big basket, Ramirez either scored it (10.6 points per game) or set it up (5.4 assists). She was by far the most valuable player on the team and a difference maker that had to be accounted for.
Only a junior, she’ll be one of top seniors to watch in the area as well as one of its top guards.
Coach of the Year: Tony Scott, Inglewood – This season was a rollercoaster for the Lady Sentinels. From the lows of watching wins disappear because of CIF sanctions and a loss in the CIF divisional finals that led to post-game tensions to the highs of winning a league and state regional championship.
It’s not just that Scott led his program to the best season in school history and the Division III state title game, he kept them together after the lows and sold them on a singular vision: winning as a team.
Special kudos also to View Park Prep coach Denise Woods, who led the Lady Knights to the Division V Southern California state regional final and was named City Section Coach of the Year
Best of the Rest
Alisha Belt, Carson (Sr.) – The Colts senior forward averaged 14.8 points and 11 rebounds as they capped a successful year that included their first defeat of Narbonne in over a decade.
Talia Caldwell, Marlborough (Sr.) – The Cal-bound, All-CIF forward may have ended her career without a fourth CIF title but still was a force for the Mustangs as she averaged 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Division III state regional finalists.
Tayler Champion, Inglewood (Sr.) – She stepped up her game in the state playoffs and finished with 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds on the year. The All-CIF forward takes her game to Oregon State next year
Candyse Farmer, Fairfax (Sr.) – An All-City first teamer, she brought toughness to the Lions as they reached the City semifinals. Farmer did it on both sides of the ball with 12.5 points and 4.0 steals per game.
Kejuana Gardner, Washington (Jr.) – A big reason why the Lady Generals won their first outright Marine League crown, Gardner averaged 15.1 points and 9.2 rebounds and will be a player to watch next year.
Shaneva Hayward, View Park Prep (Sr.) – The All-City first teamer (16.0 pts, 3.0 rebs) ends her career by leading the Lady Knights to three consecutive City Division III titles and a trip to the Division V state regional final.
Destiny King, Dorsey (Fr.) – The Donnas have a player to keep your eye on for the next three seasons as this 5-8 guard made the All-City second team after helping the team go 20-6 while averaging 10.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.6 steals
Monique Oliver, Poly (Sr.) – The USC-bound McDonald’s All-American (11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds) stepped up as the senior leader on a young Poly team that clinched their fourth consecutive Division I state title.
Danielle Pruitt, View Park Prep (So.) – Big sister Natasha may be graduating but Denise Woods’ program is in good hands with this All-City first teamer and repeat All-Sentinel selection (11.4 points and 1.9 steals).
Bria Richardson, Serra (So.) – Another player to watch in the Class of 2011, this All CIF-first teamer averaged 13.4 points and 2.6 steals for the Cavaliers as they advanced to the Division V-AA semifinals
Dominique Scott, Palisades (Sr.) – An All-City first teamer that dominated in the post, Scott averaged 17.8 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks for the Dolphins.
China Smith, West Adams (Sr.) – A 6-2 All-City guard, Smith did it all for the Southern League champions with 23.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 6.3 steals and 3.3 blocks
Taylor Williams, Westchester (Sr.) – The All-City second team guard averaged 11.1 points and 4.8 rebounds for the Comets.