VOTE: Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week, January 6

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 6.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Allison Cohen, Orange Lutheran: Blake helped the Comets win the WNBA Division in the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic. The junior was selected MVP of the division. She had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight steals in the final.

Mariah Blake, Westchester: The forward averaged 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds, and earned all-tournament honors while playing in the most difficult division of the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona. Sage Hill went 1-3 to place 12th in the Vincent Cannizzaro Division.

Alyssa Dreessen, King: The 6-foot-1 senior center averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks per game as the Wolves won the Ramona Winter Classic and extended their winning streak to 14 games. Dreessen tallied 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as King defeated Riverside Poly 54-32 in the championship game. It was King’s second tournament victory in December, as the Wolves also won Vista Murrieta’s Bronco Classic earlier in the month. Dreessen had eight points, eight rebounds and seven blocks when King beat Poly in a nonleague game Dec. 16.

Ryann Bennett, St. Anthony: The 5-foot-8 guard was the Downey Tournament MVP after averaging 19 points (on 62 percent shooting), four rebounds, five assists and seven steals across four victories as the Saints (7-1), coached by her father, Ray Bennett, won the championship. Bennett scored 15 points with three rebounds, four assists and four steals against Brea Olinda in a 67-60 victory in the semifinals. She had 16 points, five rebounds, six assists and six steals in Saturday’s 47-34 title-game victory against Downey.

Marianne Boco, Granada Hills Charter: Boco was stellar during the Burroughs Tournament last week, averaging 17.7 points and three steals per game. In the tournament final, the Highlanders (12-4) fell to Leuzinger 65-64 despite Boco’s 24 points. Boco is averaging 14.6 points, 3.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds and four steals per game.

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