(Main photo by Bobby Medellin)
Here are SBLive’s All-Central women’s basketball teams for the 2021-22 season. For our end-of-season women’s basketball awards, the primary criteria are individual stats and team success versus schedule strength. Both regular season and playoff success were considered.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: F Etoyah Montgomery – Clovis West – JR.
The six-footer SF averaged 15.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, and was arguably the best defensive anchor in the section for the 28-4 Open Division champion. . Montgomery was also named to SBLive’s All-State Second Team and All-NorCal First Team, and will enter her senior season as a heavy favorite to repeat as MVP.
FIRST TEAM ALL SECTIONS:
G Athena Tomlinson-Clovis West-SO.
Tomlinson was the other half of the top duo in the section, averaging 14.9 points, 2.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game for the Open Division semifinalist northern region of the CIF.
G Avary Cain – St. Joseph (Santa Maria) – SO.
Cain led the Knights to the Open Division semifinals and a third-place finish in the division averaging 18.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, three assists and 2.4 steals per game.
G Makennah Simonson-Nipomo-JR.
Simonson led the Titans to an Open Division birth with team highs of 15.9 points, 5.3 steals and 3.3 assists per game to go with 5.3 GPs.
G Nseije Ortiz – Porterville – SR.
Ortiz averaged 16.9 points, 4.4 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 5.5 steals per game on 50% shooting to lead the Panthers 29-5 to a Division 2 sectional title and the Finals of CIF Southern Region Division III.
G/F Mo Trigueiro – Caruthers – JR.
The best three-point shooter in the section, Trigueiro averaged a team-high 18.6 PPG to lead the Blue Raiders (28-4) to a Division 3 title and nearly a top-five finish. at CIFCS. She knocked down 85 section-leading trios at a clip of 39% and had a 47-point blast with 12 trios made in a league win over Fowler. Trigueiro also averaged 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals per game.
F Talia Maxwell – Central – JR.
Maxwell had one of the most dominant individual campaigns in the section to guide the Grizzlies to the Division 1 semi-finals. She averaged 21.5 PPG on a stunning 60% FG in addition to 9.2 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.6 blocks per game in the 23 competitions in which those stats were recorded – all of which were team highs.
F Faith Curry – Bakersfield – SO.
Curry had a huge sophomore and playoff season to lead the Drillers (26-4) to the Open Division Sectional Finals and the second round of the State Division I playoffs. Although she played reduced minutes in numerous blowout regular season wins, she averaged team highs of 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game plus 1.7 SPG on 52% shooting, 40% shooting on three and one GFE of 56%.
F/C Meadow Roland – San Joaquin Memorial – JR.
Roland was our Central Section MVP runner-up for leading SJM to a Division 1 title and a CIF Division II Finals appearance with 19.2 points, 11 rebounds, 3.4 steals, three blocks and 1 .7 assists per game. She was also named to SBLive’s All-State Third Team and All-NorCal First Team.
C Aaliyah Thompson – Corcoran – SR.
Thompson was one of the section leaders in three statistical categories to lead the Panthers to a dominant run at the Division 4 title. She averaged 22.1 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2 .5 steals per game on 52% shooting. In four games of the divisional playoffs, Thompson increased his line to 26 points and 18.8 rebounds per game, then posted a 30/30 game in a Division IV State playoff win over Temple City. .
SECOND TEAM ALL SECTIONS:
G Karissa Jordan – Coalinga – SR.
G Kyla Wandick – Bakersfield – SR.
G Devin Miller-Clovis-JR.
G Kenyah Stubbs-Hanford-SO.
G/F Melia Kamalani – Minarets – SR.
G/F Corin Camara – Buchanan – SR.
G/F Andrea Stajic – St. Joseph – SR.
F Kennedy Vincent-Clovis West-SR.
C Khaelii Robertson-Mack – Orcutt Academy – JR.
C Khari Grimes-Stockdale-SR.
THIRD TEAM ALL SECTIONS:
G Saiya Sidhu – San Joaquin Memorial – EN.
G Alexis Killebrew – Bakersfield – SR.
G Radisson Banks-Bakersfield-JR.
G Jasmin Martinez – Independence – SR.
G Gracie Magana – Porterville – SR.
G Giselle Calderon – Orcutt Academy – SR.
G Ebele Mbagwu – Stockdale – JR.
G Aalaysia Blakely – Golden Valley – SR.
G Kacie Slover – Nipomo – SR.
G Michaela Young-Clovis West-SR.
G/F Krista Shaeffer – Sanger – JR.
F Madisyn Cutliff – Righetti – SR.
F Krissy Turman – Caruthers – SR.
F Olivia Samaniego-McFarland-JR.
F/C Emma Fredricks – Liberty – JR.
C Makayla Square – Sierra Pacific – JR.
C Candace Kpetikou – St. Joseph – JR.