VOTE: Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week, January 13

Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) select the Athletes of the Week for their respective region.

Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week vote.

Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from last week, and then vote for who you think deserves the top honor.

Readers are allowed to vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals aren’t always immediately reflected due to processing.


The overall winner will be announced on Friday, January 13.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Leilah Raad, Bishop Montgomery: Raad scored seven goals in a pair of Del Rey League wins last week. She had five in a 7-1 win against Paraclete and two in a 4-0 win over St. Joseph. Raad, who has signed with UC San Diego, has 20 goals in 11 games and has recorded five consecutive multi-goal games.

Moka Saiki, Portola: The guard scored 17 of her season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter of a 66-58 loss to reigning CIF State Division II champion Sage Hill in the teams’ Pacific Coast League opener. Saiki made four of her five 3-pointers in the fourth period and finished with three steals.

Gloria Barrera, St. Paul: In one of the biggest games of the year so far, Barrera scored a game-high 26 points in a 47-42 victory over La Salle, which was ranked No. 1 in the San Gabriel Valley at the time. It was the Del Rey League opener for both teams. The Swordsmen have played an extremely tough schedule, but are 10-7 overall and are trying to qualify for the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.

Isabella Salas, Claremont: Salas tallied three goals and two assists over three matches last week. The midfielder provided the assist on Alanna Heem’s goal that lifted Claremont to a 1-0 victory over Glendora in a Palomares League opener. She scored a goal in a 3-1 league win over Colony. Salas had two goals and an assist to lead the Wolfpack to a 4-0 win over Webb in the first crosstown showdown between the programs. Salas leads the team with 13 goals this season.

Emilia Krstevski, Sierra Canyon: The 14-year-old freshman was stellar in all three of Sierra Canyon’s wins last week. The 6-foot-4 center tallied nine points and 11 rebounds in a 70-50 win at Harvard-Westlake. Krstevski then anchored the team’s second Mission League victory around the painted area in a win over Chaminade 79-40. Her best performance came Saturday in the Trailblazers’ 64-55 win over La Jolla Country Day when she notched 10 points and eight rebounds while defending Arizona-bound senior Breya Cunningham.

Brooklyn Taylor, Long Beach Poly: The 6-foot-1 junior forward scored a game-high 16 points to go with 12 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocks in a 74-20 win against Wilson. Taylor, a transfer from Serra, is averaging 15 points and 15 rebounds this season. She has given the Jackrabbits a big boost and a versatile post presence after being cleared to play in late December, following the sit-out period for transfers.

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