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March 1, 1993 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's safe right now. Joni Easterly is off the basketball court. No need to worry about wayward elbows or forceful body checks or that relentless pressure. It's safe. When it's not, people know it. They have crossed paths with USC's Easterly on the court. It's not an uplifting experience. "This player tried to drive around me this one time and I caught her in the eye or something," Easterly said. "She fell down and I took the ball and went the other way.
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March 20, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There goes Joni Hustle again. Look at her run, getting back on defense . . . Loose ball . . . . She's after it . . . Splat! She's sliding on the floor . . . she swats the ball back in play just as she crashes headfirst into the seats . Bam! The ball is picked up by Nicky McCrimmon, who feeds Lisa Leslie, who scores from under the basket . Joni Hustle is slowly getting to her feet. She briefly inspects the floor burns on her legs and the lump on her head. The trainer arrives.
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March 20, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There goes Joni Hustle again. Look at her run, getting back on defense . . . Loose ball . . . . She's after it . . . Splat! She's sliding on the floor . . . she swats the ball back in play just as she crashes headfirst into the seats . Bam! The ball is picked up by Nicky McCrimmon, who feeds Lisa Leslie, who scores from under the basket . Joni Hustle is slowly getting to her feet. She briefly inspects the floor burns on her legs and the lump on her head. The trainer arrives.
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March 1, 1993 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's safe right now. Joni Easterly is off the basketball court. No need to worry about wayward elbows or forceful body checks or that relentless pressure. It's safe. When it's not, people know it. They have crossed paths with USC's Easterly on the court. It's not an uplifting experience. "This player tried to drive around me this one time and I caught her in the eye or something," Easterly said. "She fell down and I took the ball and went the other way.
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April 3, 1989 | TOM HAMILTON
Joni Easterly of Katella High School and Rick Swanwick of Trabuco Hills were named The Times' Orange County girls' and boys' basketball players of the year, respectively, at an awards ceremony Sunday in the Anaheim Hilton and Towers. Easterly led Katella into the State Division II girls' championship game and averaged 22 points per game. She scored 19 points in the fourth quarter in Katella's 54-48 overtime victory over Muir for the Southern Section 4-A division title. Swanwick averaged 20.
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February 26, 1989 | DENNIS KAISER
Katella High School guard Joni Easterly provided a dramatic finish for the Knights' 56-55 victory over top-ranked Palos Verdes in the Southern Section 4-A semifinal girls' basketball game Saturday night at Foothill High. But the Knights (25-3) would not have gained entry to the final had Easterly, who finished with a game-high 19 points, continued a first-half shooting slump. "It was the worst half of my life," Easterly said of her one-for-nine shooting performance in the first half.
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December 20, 1988 | DONNA CARTER, Times Staff Writer
Gym rats come in all shapes and sizes. They are the guys and gals who scurry from gym to gym looking for a good game of pickup basketball. And if a good game isn't available, a bad game will do, just as long as they can shoot some hoops. Joni Easterly is a gym rat. She has honed her skills on indoor and outdoor courts all around the county. That is just one reason why Easterly, a Katella High School senior guard, is the county's dominant girls' basketball player.
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February 9, 1989 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, Times Staff Writer
By now the doubts have been erased. Joni Easterly, a senior at Katella High School, has established herself as the top girls' basketball player in Orange County. Easterly, a 5-foot-11 guard, has averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds a game while leading the Knights to a 21-3 record and a No. 3 ranking in the Orange County Sportswriters' Assn. poll. Katella is 9-0 in the Empire League. She has done it by being an intense, aggressive player, one of the strongest in the county.
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March 26, 1988
Joni Easterly, who led Katella High School to a second straight league title, was named the Empire League's most valuable player by a vote of the league's girls' basketball coaches. Easterly, a junior, averaged 22.1 points per game to lead the Knights to a 17-9 overall record. The Knights were 10-0 in league play, going undefeated for the second straight year.
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February 20, 1993
The No. 18-ranked USC women's basketball team, ahead by 23 points in the first half, was forced into overtime before defeating No. 23 California, 76-71, Friday night at USC's Lyon Center. Joni Easterly scored 19 points, including four in overtime, to lead the Trojans, 16-5 overall and 10-3 in the Pacific 10.
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April 3, 1989 | TOM HAMILTON
Joni Easterly of Katella High School and Rick Swanwick of Trabuco Hills were named The Times' Orange County girls' and boys' basketball players of the year, respectively, at an awards ceremony Sunday in the Anaheim Hilton and Towers. Easterly led Katella into the State Division II girls' championship game and averaged 22 points per game. She scored 19 points in the fourth quarter in Katella's 54-48 overtime victory over Muir for the Southern Section 4-A division title. Swanwick averaged 20.
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February 26, 1989 | DENNIS KAISER
Katella High School guard Joni Easterly provided a dramatic finish for the Knights' 56-55 victory over top-ranked Palos Verdes in the Southern Section 4-A semifinal girls' basketball game Saturday night at Foothill High. But the Knights (25-3) would not have gained entry to the final had Easterly, who finished with a game-high 19 points, continued a first-half shooting slump. "It was the worst half of my life," Easterly said of her one-for-nine shooting performance in the first half.
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February 9, 1989 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, Times Staff Writer
By now the doubts have been erased. Joni Easterly, a senior at Katella High School, has established herself as the top girls' basketball player in Orange County. Easterly, a 5-foot-11 guard, has averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds a game while leading the Knights to a 21-3 record and a No. 3 ranking in the Orange County Sportswriters' Assn. poll. Katella is 9-0 in the Empire League. She has done it by being an intense, aggressive player, one of the strongest in the county.
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December 20, 1988 | DONNA CARTER, Times Staff Writer
Gym rats come in all shapes and sizes. They are the guys and gals who scurry from gym to gym looking for a good game of pickup basketball. And if a good game isn't available, a bad game will do, just as long as they can shoot some hoops. Joni Easterly is a gym rat. She has honed her skills on indoor and outdoor courts all around the county. That is just one reason why Easterly, a Katella High School senior guard, is the county's dominant girls' basketball player.
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July 31, 1988
Katella High School defeated Burbank Bellarmine-Jefferson, 39-24, Saturday to advance to today's second round of the 24-team Bell-Jeff Summer Hoop Finale girls' basketball tournament in Burbank. Joni Easterly led Katella with 19 points. Fifth-seeded Brea-Olinda, which had a first-round bye, will meet St. Mary's today, and Katella will face Lynwood.
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December 10, 1989
The Jordan twins--Pauline and Geannine--combined to score 38 points and grab 24 rebounds to lead 13th-ranked Nevada Las Vegas to a 98-67 win over USC Saturday night in a women's basketball game. Geannine led all scorers with 23 points while Pauline was the top rebounder with 13. Freshman Joni Easterly scored 14 points and had five rebounds for USC (3-1). UNLV is 5-1
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