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The Times' All-Star girls' basketball stars

Eric Sondheimer picks the 10 best players in the Southland.

April 06, 2013
  • Mater Dei's Katie Lou Samuelson looks to score against Windward in the CIF Southern California Open Division final.
Mater Dei's Katie Lou Samuelson looks to score against Windward in… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)



Jordin Canada, L.A. Windward, 5-7, Jr. She was a facilitator extraordinaire, using her point guard skills to direct the Wildcats to a 32-1 record.

Courtney Jaco, L.A. Windward, 5-7, Sr. The USC-bound Jaco set a Southern Section record with 143 three-pointers for the 4AA champions. She finished her career with 409 three-pointers.

Karlie Samuelson, Mater Dei, 5-11, Sr. The Stanford-bound Samuelson made nine three-pointers in a playoff game while averaging 18 points a game.

Katie Lou Samuelson, Mater Dei, 6-3, So. With 92 three-pointers, Samuelson established herself as one of the top college prospects from the class of 2015.

Hannah Johnson, Alemany, 6-1, Jr. The versatile Johnson led Alemany to the state Division III championship with her rebounding and clutch scoring skills.

Siera Thompson, Gardena Serra, 5-7, Sr. The Michigan-bound Thompson averaged 18.2 points and led Serra to the state Division IV championship.

Kennedy Burke, Sierra Canyon, 6-1, So. Burke was one of the top sophomores in the state, sparking the Trailblazers to their first state Division V title.

Kendall Cooper, Long Beach St. Anthony, 6-4, Sr. The 6-4 Duke signee averaged 12 points and 13 rebounds and was named to the McDonald's All American Game.

Chrishae Rowe, Corona Santiago, 5-9, Sr. She averaged 19.9 points for the Southern Section 1AA champions.

Amy Okonkwo, Etiwanda, 6-1, Jr. A 27-point performance against Mater Dei in the 1AA semifinals let everyone know about Okonkwo's potential.

—Eric Sondheimer

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