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Moore heads list of locals named to MaxPreps All-American team

Salesian High’s Mariya Moore leads a list of six East Bay players to receive All-America honors by MaxPreps.com.

Moore, a McDonald’s All-American and the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay Player of the Year, was named to the five-player second team. Here’s what MaxPreps had to say about the 6-foot-1 forward headed to Louisville:

“Moore is a strong, physical wing who can overpower smaller players in the paint and out-quick bigger players on the perimeter. She led her Salesian team to the state championship game against powerhouse Long Beach Poly — which has about eight times as many students — with her all-around game and ability to rise to the challenge in the clutch.”

St. Mary’s forward Mikayla Cowling was named to the fifth team, and four other locals were chosen as honorable mention picks — Gabby Green (St. Mary’s), Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte), Natalie Romeo (Carondelet) and Asha Thomas (Bishop O’Dowd).

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Update: Bishop O’Dowd girls still exploring postseason options

The Bishop O’Dowd High girls basketball team is still holding out hope that it will have the chance to defend its Open Division state championship, but the Dragons’ prospects don’t look promising.

O’Dowd was disqualified from the North Coast Section playoffs after it was discovered that the Dragons had played 27 games, one more than the section allows. In a statement, the school said that it “failed to designate one of our contacts as a scrimmage.”

O’Dowd athletic director Mike Bowler met with North Coast Section commissioner Gil Lemmon on Monday to determine if the Dragons might still be eligible for the Northern California Open Division regional playoffs. Bowler will contact Lemmon for an update on Tuesday, according to Carlos Arriaga, O’Dowd’s associate athletic director.

A possible loophole in the CIF Open Division criteria may be the Dragons’ last hope. There are four ways to qualify for the Open Division and only three mention the section playoffs.  The final criterion (one that O’Dowd satisfies) states, “A school was ranked in the Top Ten of Cal Hi Basketball, Cal Preps and/or MaxPreps Rankings (early March) the past two years (current year and previous year).”

But on Monday morning, a spokesperson for the California Interscholastic Federation, which runs the regional and state championships, said a team must participate in its section playoffs in order to advance to the regional playoffs.

“If a team can’t qualify for its section tournament, it can’t qualify for the state tournament because (the state tournament) is an extension of the section tournament,” the CIF spokesperson said.

 

If O’Dowd is denied a spot in the regional playoffs, it’s likely that the NCS will send Salesian, St. Mary’s, Carondelet and Miramonte to the Open Division.

Before O’Dowd’s disqualification, Miramonte appeared headed to the Division III state tournament unless it was able to beat O’Dowd in the NCS Division III finals. Each section can send a maximum of four teams to the Open Division.

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East Bay girls basketball poll — 2/4

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school girls basketball poll. We have very few changes from last week.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 17-3 75 1
2. St. Mary’s 19-5 69 2
t3. Carondelet 17-3 63 3
t3. Salesian 18-5 63 4
5. Miramonte 18-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 18-2 50 6
7. Berkeley 14-6 45 7
8. Deer Valley 15-5 40 8
9. James Logan 13-7 35 9
10. Moreau Catholic 17-3 30 10
11. Castro Valley 15-5 25 11
12. Alameda 13-7 20 12
13. Foothill 13-7 12 14
14. Piedmont 12-6 11 13
15. Campolindo 14-7 4 15

Also receiving votes: Valley Christian (19-3, 2 votes), Heritage (12-8, 1). Records are through Jan. 25. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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Moore, Green, Cowling named McDonald’s All-Americans

One of the best classes in East Bay girls basketball history was recognized on a national level Wednesday when Salesian High’s Mariya Moore and St. Mary’s teammates Gabby Green and Mikayla Cowling were named McDonald’s All-Americans.

After countless matchups over the past four years in league play, the North Coast Section playoffs and Northern California regional championships, the three seniors will compete on the same court one last time before starting their college careers.

Green and Cowling, who are both Cal signees, are part of the West team while the Louisville-bound Moore is on the East squad for the April 2 all-star game at the United Center in Chicago.

Watching the McDonald’s All-American selection show after school with many of her St. Mary’s classmates, Green said she was relieved when the girls rosters finally aired. She was also thrilled to share the moment with Cowling.

“It’s like we’re just taking all these steps together,” said Green, who is averaging 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and five assists for the Panthers this season.

Moore didn’t watch the show, but monitored her phone for the news.

“I was so happy,” said the 5-foot-11 wing, who was named co-MVP of the Tri-County Athletic League with Green last season. “I feel like NorCal is kind of dominating right now. I play with (Green and Cowling) all the time and it’s cool for all of us to have made it.”

St. Mary’s is the only high school this year to produce two McDonald’s All-Americans. With Moore also selected, the area will have its biggest presence in the game since Piedmont’s Courtney and Ashley Paris and Oakland Tech teammates Alexis Gray-Lawson and Devanei Hampton went in 2005.

A 6-foot-1 guard, Green was a favorite to receive the McDonald’s All-American recognition after being one of just three high school players picked for the USA under-19 national team last summer.

But being selected to the prestigious all-star game is an honor she’d been hoping for ever since her dad, Will, planted the idea in her head when she first started playing basketball.

“Making Team USA was huge and was probably one of the biggest opportunities that I have ever gotten,” Green said. “But being a McDonald’s All-American is really special to me because that’s the first thing my dad ever said to me about basketball.”

Cowling, a 6-1 wing, is averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds for St. Mary’s.

Moore’s outstanding senior season at Salesian includes four triple-doubles, a quadruple-double and averages of 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists.

No local boys players were honored this year.

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East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/28

Here’s this week’s East Bay high school girls basketball poll. We have a new No. 1 team and quite a bit of movement in the No. 9-15 range.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 15-3 75 2
2. St. Mary’s 16-5 69 1
t3. Carondelet 14-3 63 3
t3. Salesian 16-5 63 4
5. Miramonte 17-1 55 5
6. Monte Vista 16-2 50 7
7. Berkeley 11-6 44 6
8. Deer Valley 13-4 41 9
9. James Logan 11-7 35 NR
10. Moreau Catholic 15-3 30 8
11. Castro Valley 13-5 23 11
12. Alameda 11-7 16 NR
13. Piedmont 10-6 15 10
14. Foothill 12-6 14 NR
15. Campolindo 12-6 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Pittsburg (12-6, 1), Valley Christian (17-3, 1). Records are through Jan. 25. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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East Bay girls basketball poll — 1/14

Here’s our latest East Bay girls basketball poll with very few changes, except at the end.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. St. Mary’s (5) 10-2 75 1
t2. Miramonte 13-0 66 2
t2. Bishop O’Dowd 10-3 66 3
4. Carondelet 10-2 63 4
5. Salesian 10-5 55 5
6. Monte Vista 13-0 50 6
7. Berkeley 8-4 44 7
8. Moreau Catholic 12-2 40 8
9. Deer Valley 9-4 35 9
10. Piedmont 7-3 31 10
11. Castro Valley 10-3 25 11
12. Clayton Valley Charter 9-4 20 13
13. Alameda 8-4 11 14
14. Valley Christian 11-2 10 NR
15. Northgate 12-3 5 t15

Also receiving votes: Pittsburg (11-4, 3 votes). Records are through Jan. 11. The East Bay Girls Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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St. Mary’s Gabby Green picked for U.S. under-19 women’s basketball squad

Gabby Green of St. Mary’s High was selected to the U.S. under-19 women’s basketball team that will compete at this summer’s FIBA World Championships.

Green, a 6-foot-1 guard, earned a spot on the 12-player team after four days of trials at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The junior is one of just three high school players selected to the team, which is headlined by UConn’s Breanna Stewart.

Team USA is going for a fifth straight gold medal at the under-19 world championships. The tournament runs from July 18-28 in Lithuania.

Green is the reigning co-MVP of the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division and led St. Mary’s to the North Coast Section Division IV title, averaging 16.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.9 assists per game.

One of the nation’s top recruits in the class of 2014, Green has not yet made her college decision.

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The All-East Bay Girls Basketball teams

Here are capsules for our all-East Bay girls basketball first, second and third teams:

First team

ODERAH CHIDOM, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The McDonald’s All-American averaged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, providing a big challenge for opponents from her small forward position as the Dragons marched to a California Interscholastic Federation Open Division state championship. The Duke-bound Chidom was also a wall defensively, averaging three blocks and two steals a game.

ARIELL BOSTICK, Bishop O’Dowd, guard, Sr. — Bostick was the motor for a Dragons squad that finished its season with 24 straight wins, including 22 by double digits. The San Diego State-bound Bostick passed for 5.7 assists per game this season to go along with nine points, four rebounds and three steals a game. She scored a team-high 17 points in the Dragons’ CIF Open Division state championship win over Windward-Los Angeles.

GABBY GREEN, St. Mary’s, guard, Jr. — The 6-foot-1 Green could hurt an opposing team in many ways. She averaged 16.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.2 steals, 3.9 assists and 1.4 blocks a game for the Panthers, who won the North Coast Section Division IV title and played Open Division state champion Bishop O’Dowd tough before falling 50-40 in a Northern California regional semifinal game. Green scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the NCS championship game.

MARIYA MOORE, Salesian, guard/forward, Jr. — Moore led the Pride to their second consecutive CIF Division IV state championship game, and set a record there for most free throws made (17) and attempted (20) in any California high school state championship game as part of an outstanding 35-point performance. Salesian fell by only two points, 62-60, to Serra-Gardena in that game. Moore averaged 18.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.0 steals a game this season.

NATALIE ROMEO, Carondelet, guard, Jr. — Romeo exploded for more than 30 points twice in the postseason, including a 34-point performance in an 89-69 victory over Archbishop Mitty-San Jose in a first-round Northern California Open Division game. She averaged 21.3 points per game this season along with 6.5 assists, 6.2 steals and 5.6 rebounds for the NCS Division II champions.

K.C. WATERS, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The Cal-bound Waters averaged 11 points, 13.7 rebounds and three blocks per game for the Open Division state champions. Against Windward in the state championship game, Waters scored 12 points and pulled down 20 rebounds, the most rebounds by an individual in a California girls state championship game since 1997.

Second team

ASHLEY ALLEN, Clayton Valley Charter, guard, Sr. — Allen, who scored 25 points in the North Coast Section Division II championship game against Carondelet, has a complete game that is hard to stop.

MARIE BERTHOLDT, Alameda, forward, Sr. — The Santa Clara-bound Bertholdt averaged 18.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.4 steals per game.

MIKAYLA COWLING, St. Mary’s, forward, Jr. — The Cal commit averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game.

RACHEL HOWARD, Berkeley, forward, Sr. — The University of San Francisco-bound Howard led a young Yellowjackets team to the CIF Division I state championship game.

SABRINA IONESCU, Miramonte, guard, Fr. — Ionescu led an impressive Miramonte team in scoring (13.8 points per game) and also averaged 4.0 steals and 3.9 assists per game.

Third team

BREANNA BROWN, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The Virginia Tech-bound Brown grabbed 9.4 rebounds per game and scored nine points a game for Open Division state champs, including a double-double in the state championship game (10 points, 14 rebounds).

SABRINA ENGELSTAD, Heritage, center, Sr. — The Saint Mary’s College signee averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks a game for the Bay Valley Athletic League champs.

LONDON ROBINSON, Oakland Tech, guard/forward, Sr. — The Oakland Athletic League Most Valuable Player averaged 13 points, eight rebounds a game.

LAUREN SEYRANIAN, Piedmont, guard, Jr. — Seyranian was another player who was very hard to stop, averaging 20.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

ASHA THOMAS, Bishop O’Dowd, guard, So. — Thomas, who averaged nine points and five assists this season, was a major factor in the Dragons’ championship run — she scored a game-high 21 points in the NCS Division III championship game, 16 points in the Open Division Northern California regional championship game and 10 points in the state championship game.

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Bishop O’Dowd is No. 1 in preseason national girls basketball rankings

We knew the Bishop O’Dowd girls basketball team would be very good this year. The Dragons return four starters from a state championship team and recently had four players sign Division I scholarships.

So how good are the Dragons expected to be? Well, they’re the No. 1 team in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 preseason national rankings. O’Dowd will get a chance to back up that ranking with a pretty impressive schedule. The team will play in the top division at the Nike TOC the week before Christmas, then head to the Oaks Christian Holiday Hardwood Invitational less than a week later (Windward and Long Beach Poly are also in the field). O’Dowd also has games scheduled with defending state champions Archbishop Mitty and La Jolla Country Day as well as St. Mary’s-Stockton.

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O’Dowd’s Bostick commits to San Diego State

Bishop O’Dowd High girls basketball player Ariell Bostick orally committed to San Diego State today.
The 5-foot-2 senior is the starting point guard for the Dragons, who are defending California Interscholastic Federation Division III state champions. Bostick, who averaged 10 points, five assists and 4.7 steals last year for O’Dowd, said she picked San Diego State over Pacific.
Bostick joins O’Dowd teammates K.C. Waters (Cal) and Breanna Brown (Virginia Tech) in making a commitment to a Division I program. Teammate Oderah Chidom, considered the top prospect in Northern California in the 2013 class, is still undecided.