By Stephanie Hammon
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am in Girls basketball.
Here are the All-East Bay girls basketball teams, as selected by the Bay Area News Group. We have expanded capsules on the second and third team selections that didn’t appear in the paper, as well as an honorable mention list of other players we strongly considered, but didn’t have room for on one of the three teams.
Player of the Year: Brittany Boyd, Berkeley
Coach of the Year: Malik McCord, Bishop O’Dowd
SAIDAH ALLEN, Piedmont, Sr., forward – The 5-foot-11 Allen was a scoring and rebounding dynamo for a Highlanders squad that reached the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV Northern regional semifinals. Allen, bound for Fresno State, averaged 22.3 points, 19.3 rebounds, four steals and four blocks a game.
BRITTANY BOYD, Berkeley, Sr., guard – The Yellowjackets’ Cal-bound point guard was a constant triple-double threat and averaged 15.7 points, 6.7 steals, 5.2 assists and 6.4 rebounds. She was the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League most valuable player and her team’s leading scorer when Berkeley beat rival Carondelet in the Division I regional final to advance to the state title game.
RAYVEN BROOKS, Dougherty Valley, Sr., guard – Brooks was a clutch player for the Wildcats, who won the first North Coast Section title in the program’s history. The Diablo Foothill Athletic League most valuable player showed great instincts on the court and averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game for the league champions.
CHAIRESE CULBERSON, Berkeley, Sr., forward/center – Culberson saved her best for the postseason, recording a double-double in nearly every playoff game. She averaged 14 points and 15 rebounds in those contests as Berkeley won the NCS and NorCal Division I championships. She has a scholarship to San Diego State.
HANNAH HUFFMAN, Carondelet, Jr., guard – With her smooth jump shot and fierce competitiveness, Huffman helped the Cougars reach the NorCal Division I title game. She had a total of 93 points in three regional playoff games and was the East Bay Athletic League co-MVP after helping Carondelet go undefeated in league play for the second straight season. She averaged 16.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.2 blocks a game this season.
ERICA PAYNE, Carondelet, Sr., forward/center – Payne, the Cougars’ emotional leader who is headed to Stanford, manned the paint for the EBAL champions. She averaged 13.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.2 blocks a game as Carondelet reached the NCS and Northern regional Division I title games. Payne was also the EBAL co-most valuable player.
Oderah Chidom, Bishop O’Dowd, So., forward – Chidom averaged 17.3 points per game in the Northern regional playoffs and Division III state championship (11.2 overall).
Raven Fox, Deer Valley, Sr., guard – Her 18 points per game led the Wolverines to the Bay Valley Athletic League title and North Coast Section Division I semifinals.
Gabby Green, St. Mary’s, Fr., guard – In her first high school postseason, Green played like a veteran and averaged a team-high 10 points per game for the Division IV state finalists.
Caroline Hughes, Dougherty Valley, Jr., forward – Hughes’ shooting range made her a hard matchup, and she nearly averaged a double-double with 12.2 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.
Mariya Moore, Salesian, Fr., guard/forward – Moore did a little bit of everything for the Pride, finishing with averages of 17.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.3 steals.
Ariell Bostick, Bishop O’Dowd, So., guard — Bostick was the spark plug for the Dragons, averaging 10.9 points, 5.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game.
Elisha Davis, Berkeley, Jr., guard – A fiery and speedy defender, Davis was also an impressive 3-point shooter for the NorCal Division I champions.
Alyssa Johanson, Miramonte, Sr.,forward – Johanson averaged 17 points a game in the postseason and 15.9 overall. She also grabbed 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals a game overall.
Emily Vann, St. Mary’s, Sr., forward/center – The UC Davis-bound post was named BSAL MVP and provided 9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Panthers.
Annie Ward, Campolindo, Sr., guard – Ward led a very good Cougars team in scoring average with 13.3 points per game, including 21 in an NCS Division III semifinal win over Miramonte.
Ashley Allen (Clayton Valley)
Danielle Gaumer (Moreau Catholic)
Desiree Harris (St. Joseph Notre Dame)
Ja’Quana Harrison (Oakland Tech)
Natalie Romeo (Carondelet)
Cody Sims (St. Mary’s)
K.C. Waters (Bishop O’Dowd)
Jessica Woo (Mission San Jose)