The Bee's Winter All-Stars: Girls Basketball First Team

The Fresno BeeApril 11, 2014 

JASMINE BLACK

• School: Redwood

• Grade/position: Senior/guard

• Fast break: Two-year All-West Yosemite League selection led Rangers to 41-13 record, including 19-7 this year and into Central Section Division II semifinal while averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals.

SAMANTHA EARL

• School: Clovis

• Grade/position: Senior/guard

• Fast break: Four-year varsity player and repeat Bee All-Star averaged 16.2 points this season and checks out No. 3 all-time in the program with 1,420 points.

EMILY HARDIN

• School: Monache

• Grade/position: Senior/guard

• Fast break: One of Tulare County's all-time achievers, East Yosemite League Most Valuable Player averaged 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 5.9 steals and 3.0 blocks this season. And she hauls with her to New Mexico State of the Western Athletic Conference four-year career totals of 1,280 points, 516 rebounds, 363 assists, 473 steals and 150 blocks for teams that went 84-23 overall and 51-1 in the East Yosemite League. All this, with four coaches.

DESIREE HARDING

• School: Fresno

• Grade/position: Junior/guard

• Fast break: Two-time North Yosemite League MVP averaged 17.2 points, 4.2 assists and 2.1 steals for 20-9 team that tied for conference title. Warriors went 50-35 in her three varsity seasons after going 4-21 before she arrived.

DASHAYLA JOHNSON

• School: Tulare Western

• Grade/position: Senior/guard

• Fast break: Four-year starter led Mustangs to 76-32 record, including 21-8 and D-II runner-up finish this season, while scoring 2,057 points -- school record and No. 18 in section history. Cal State Fullerton-bound player led section with 24.5-point average this season.

AYSHA KIRKLAND

• School: Clovis West

• Grade/position: Sophomore/guard

• Fast break: Runner-up to teammate Portia Neale as The Bee's Outstanding Defensive Player, she was pivotal to 27-4 team that gave up an average of only 39.4 points a game and held Hanford to 20.4% shooting in 45-30 rout for the D-I title at Selland Arena. She delivered 10 points, 10 rebounds and two steals in only 18 minutes in that one. "A defensive wrecking ball that will disrupt whatever the other teams tries to do," coach Craig Campbell says.

ZOE MARCH

• School: Immanuel

• Grade/position: Sophomore/guard

• Fast break: Eagles' 43-15 two-year record and consecutive D-V titles -- first in school history -- begin with fearless 5-3 point guard. She averaged 13.0 points, 6.5 (somehow) rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals for 22-7 team that reached Southern California D-V final.

ERIN PALLESI

• School: Selma

• Grade/position: Senior/forward

• Fast break: Repeat Bee All-Star and this season's Central Sequoia League MVP scored school-record 1,400 points for teams that went 76-17 with two D-III runner-up finishes. She finished with 1,502 points in four-year varsity career that began at Sanger.

SARA VASQUEZ

• School: Immanuel

• Grade/position: Senior/guard

• Fast break: The 22-7 team's first offensive choice, she averaged 18.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 steals and made 76 3-pointers. Seven of those came in arguably the section's most electric first half of the season, most launched between 23 and 28 feet, while scoring 25 points in an 85-51 humbling of Horizon Christian-San Diego in a Southern California Regional D-V semifinal before an awed capacity crowd at Immanuel.

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