Peace in the Valley is the name of a school in the CIF Southern Section and a player from there makes it into this week's honor roll of significant performances. Also: North Bakersfield's Onainda scores 54 and Montclair Prep's Murphy grabs 29 rebounds.

(Games of Feb. 3-8)


Aaron Afflalo (Centennial, Compton): Fast-rising junior (on all the national lists) paced Centennial over Redondo of Redondo Beach, 65-47, with 36 pts.

Aaron Arango (Calvary Baptist, La Verne): As Calvary Baptist lost to Mesrobian of Pico Rivera, Arango tallied 33 pts and 21 rebounds (previously reported as Aaron Arongo).

Alex Banks (Cathedral, Los Angeles): Led his team as usual, this week with 35 pts as the Phantoms downed Bosco Tech of Rosemead 70-58 and also had 29 in a 92-52 win over St. Anthony of Long Beach.

Justin Booker (Grant, Sacramento): Had the hot hand for Grant as the junior guard scored 37 pts including, seven treys in leading the Pacers past McClatchy of Sacramento 79-73.

Ruben Boykin (University, Los Angeles): The high-scoring Boykin had 36 pts with 18 rebounds in a 64-59 victory over Los Angeles and followed up with 41 pts in a 107-66 loss to powerful L.A. Fairfax. Ruben's younger brother, Jamal, is one of the state's top sophomores and plays for Fairfax.

Nick Corso (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach): Nick was naughty with 39 pts in a 72-50 victory over Army-Navy of Carlsbad and had 32 in a 70-55 win over Calvin Christian.

Oniel Cousins (Eastside Christian, Fullerton): Back again for an encore is Cousins, this time due to 32 pts in a 66-54 victory over South Bay Lutheran of Inglewood.

Jordan Farmar (Taft, Woodland Hills): This highly touted basketeer, just a junior, piled up 48 pts and pulled down 10 rebounds in heading off Granada Hills 88-80. Farmar also planted 30 pts in a 86-77 triumph over Cleveland of Reseda.

T.J. Finley (South Pasadena): Paced the Tigers past Blair of Pasadena 73-66 with 35 pts and 18 rebounds.

Michael Fitzhugh (Sage Hill, Newport Beach): Dropped in 34 pts, but St. Margaret's of San Juan Capistrano remained undefeated as Sage Hill fell by just one point 61-60.

Jake Garcia (Upland Christian): Garnered 34 pts in a 103-30 cakewalk over Lake Arrowhrad Christian.

Noe Garza (Parlier): Noe was the answer in Parlier's 95-61 triumph vs. McFarland as he wound up with 36 pts. Garza is averaging 22.6 ppg this season.

Tigran Grigorian (Mesrobian, Pico Rivera): Under his 41 pt barrage, the Bulldogs turned the lights out on Lighthouse Church of Santa Monica 81-51. We already know what Tigran did this week (yikes!).

Earl Isaacson (Indio): Eyed his way to 42 pts, including the winning basket, as the uniquely nicknamed Rajas edged Cathedral City 79-78.

Lionel Johnson (Ribet Academy, Los Angeles): Scored 35 pts as the Fighting Frogs fell to Div V state ranked Rolling Hills Prep of Palos Verdes Estates 94-71.

Ricky Johnson (Canoga Park): His 37 pts, including a three-pointer with six seconds left in overtime, gave Canoga Park a 89-88 win over Hollywood.

Danny Jones (Imperial): In a 93-81 triumph in two overtimes vs. Palo Verde of Blythe , Jones grabbed 19 rebounds to go with 34 pts. Six of those pts came in the second overtime.

Duane Jones (Bethel, Vallejo): The senior guard was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line while scoring 34 pts as Bethel downed Fairfield 89-74. (Note - last week it was reported that Doug Daniels scored 33 pts for Bethel, but it was for Hogan of Vallejo in a loss to Bethel.)

Julius Keeler (Escondido): The junior guard rang up two 30-pt games. He first totaled 32 in a 72-61 loss to Ramona, then came back with 33 in a 65-62 win vs. San Pasqual.

Josh Kitchen (Oakdale): Kitchen cooked up quite an outing in Oakdale's 77-63 victory over Sierra of Manteca. In the first half alone, Kitchen made five three-pointers and totaled 32 points. He finished with 38 and also had seven rebounds.

Chad Lichau (Justin-Siena, Napa): Just a sophomore, the guard burned San Marin of Novato for 32 pts on the way to a 66-48 victory for the Braves.

Justin Lott (Kings Christian, Lemoore): Maybe Justin should change his first name to Scorza. That would definitely have been appropriate last week as he had 36 pts in a 81-35 win over Valley Christian and pumped in 38 in a 89-27 romp vs. Clovis Christian.

Dustin May (Torrance): Tore up Hawthorne with 36 pts while netting nine three-pointers as the Tartans raced to a 99-82 triumph.

Jack McDonald (Maricopa): Connected on 10 three-pointers and finished with 38 pts as Maricopa mashed Coastal Christian, 97-51. Sophomore teammate John Grysko had 30 pts, 11 rebounds and six blocks in a different Maricopa game last week vs. Valley Christian of Bakersfield.

A.J. Moskus (University, Irvine): As University blazed past Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana, 97-76, Moskus did his part with 32 pts.

DeMarcus Nelson (Vallejo): In a typical league game performance, Nelson had 36 pts, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 108-55 blistering of new Rodriguez High of Cordelia. He might have saved a little of that for the next game, however, a stunning 48-47 loss to Vacaville.

David Reichel (Camarillo): Canned 37 pts in a 75-64 victory over Hueneme of Oxnard.

Brett Rubin (Mission, San Francisco): Led the Bears over city rival Galileo 64-44 with 33 pts. We're going to check this week to see about Brett's season scoring average.

James Spencer (Stoneridge Prep, Tarzana): Fired for 43 pts as his Div V state ranked team blasted Philibos 92-50.

Steven Stott (Peace in the Valley, Fontana): Hit for 32 pts and grabbed 22 rebounds as Trinity Whitewater succumbed, 66-43.

Bryce Taylor (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood): Netted 40 pts in what was expected to be a win for his team but turned out to be a surprising 75-72 overtime loss to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.

Ayinde Ubaka (Oakland): The Cal-bound guard poured in 37 points, but didn't have enough help as NorCal top rated Oakland Tech prevailed, 75-65.

Shawn Weinstein (Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates): His 41 pts were just enough as the Panthers got by Inglewood, 67-66, in overtime.

Jeremiah "Hoops" Williams (Eastside Prep, Palo Alto): Went uptown for 39 pts in an easy 116-20 win over Downtown Prep.

Dominique Willis (Hollywood): Had his second 40-point overtime game in two weeks, this time for 45 pts, as Hollywood fell to Canoga Park 89-88. Later in the week, Willis led HollyHi over North Hollywood, 63-52, with 31 pts.

John Winston (Hercules): The transfer from Richmond Salesian posted triple-double numbers of 18 pts, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Titans beat El Cerrito, 96-78, in the aftermath of another major win earlier in the week over Berkeley.

Walta Yemane (Mar Vista, Imperial Beach): Yemane was ya man with 34 of his team's 47 pts in a 58-47 loss to Southwest of Imperial Beach.

Nick Young (Cleveland, Reseda): The junior forward, who needs to apply for hardship to be eligible next season, tallied 35 pts as Cleveland lost to Taft of Woodland Hills, 86-77.


Anupam Arman (Lindhurst, Olivehurst): Engineered Lindhurst's 69-67 edging of Sacramento Encina with 30 pts.

LaToya Cunningham (La Jolla Country Day): Before Anita Rivera of Torres had 32 pts in a game against Bishop's, Cunningham hit for a triple-double in a rout of Calvin Christian. She scored 26 pts and had 10 steals and 10 assists.

Claretha Davis (Corcoran): Central Section scoring leader stayed hot with 36 pts in a 84-28 win over Lindsay and had 28 pts in a 68-21 win over Woodlake.

Jeanine Deno (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta): Kept the Falcons close with 31 pts while Pasadena eked out a 64-61 win.

Crystal Erwin (St. Paul, Santa Fe Springs): Paced St. Paul past St. Bernard of Playa del Rey 68-51 with 35 pts and 16 rebounds.

Tina Flores (Jefferson, Los Angeles): Was the hero in Jefferson's 57-55 win over L.A. Dorsey with 33 pts, including two key free throws near the end. She also tallied 30 pts, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as L.A. Crenshaw defeated Jeff 88-50.

Charde Houston (San Diego): This time, Charde's efforts during a week have been rewarded nationally. She's been named the Student Sports Girls National Athlete of the Week (LeBron James was the boys honoree). Why? How about 95 points in two games. Houston first scored 48 pts as the Cavers clubbed Morse, 112-38. She then stayed hot with 47 pts as the Cavers sunk Patrick Henry, 115-58.

Jacqueline Kelly (Sacramento Waldorf, Fair Oaks): Freshman guard had her best game with 30 pts, including six threes and eight steals, as the Waves easily defeated Sacramento Lutheran 66-14.

Markisha Lea (King, Riverside): Took the Bloom out of Bloomington with 36 pts that led to a 72-65 triumph.

Kinsley Mittel (Royal, Simi Valley): Meshed 30 pts in leading the Highlanders past Westlake of Westlake Village 77-40.

Eshaya Murphy (Montclair Prep, Van Nuys): Hustled for 31 pts and a whopping 29 rebounds as Montclair Prep ran over Crossroads of Santa Monica 68-34. Murphy then hustled some more for 34 pts and 20 rebounds as Montclair Prep downed Downey Calvary Chapel 63-50.

Ana Onainda (North, Bakersfield): Junior guard had a memorable game in a 93-67 victory for the Stars over South of Bakersfield.Onainda netted 54 pts in the Southwestern League game, which is the second-best in Central Section history behind Bryn Britton of Porterville Monache, who had 55 in a game in 1998. Onainda had 31 pts at halftime, made 14-of-14 free throws and still found time to hand out 10 assists.

Danielle Orsillo (Las Plumas, Oroville): One of the top sophomores in the state, Orsillo had 32 pts, mainly off the making of five three-pointers, in a victory vs. Paradise. She then did even better in a win vs. Winters with 43 pts, 11 rebounds, seven steals and four assists.

Rosemary Pascual (Holy Family, Glendale): Her 35 pts led to a 63-46 victory over St. Genevieve of Panorama City.

Jaime Ransom (Santana, Santee): Santana has been stuck behind Kearny and Mission Bay in the CIF San Diego Section Div. III rankings this year, but still lurks as one of the section's top overall squads. Ransom is one reason why. She had one of her best games last week with 34 pts as the Sultans stormed past Grossmont, 82-67.

Brisa Silva (Garfield, Los Angeles): A 35-pt, six-assist performance highlighted Garfield's 87-22 victory over Huntington Park. Silva then broke through South Gate with a 31-pt, six-assist, six-steal game and a 73-44 win.

Amber Sprague (Mission Bay, San Diego): Terrific post player dominated with 32 pts as the Buccaneers surged to a 68-54 win over La Jolla.

Kathryn Suderman (Mission Prep, San Luis Obispo): Junior center showed her stuff with 38 pts as the state's top-ranked Div. V team trounced Avenal, 71-26.

Christie Terrell (Rolling Hills Prep, RH Estates): This school didn't start its schedule until January due to a lack of players and the desire to concentrate on academics through the holidays. Terrell is helping make up for lost time. In a 58-42 win last week over Ribet Academy of Los Angeles, Terrell posted a quadruple-double of 12 pts, 23 rebounds, 11 steals and 10 assists.

Michelle Wells (Bloomington): Rimmed in 30 pts as King of Riverside prevailed 72-65.

Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood (Lynwood): This one is included in Lynwood's top 20 blurb this week, but merits repetition. The All-American had 43 pts, 13 rebounds, nine steals and eight assists in a 101-25 win over Gahr of Cerritos and had 24 pts and 10 rebounds in a 105-21 romp past Downey.

Chelsea York (Avalon, Catalina): Had fun in a two-game series with Buckley of Sherman Oaks, first with 36 pts and 17 rebounds in a 68-42 win and then with 32 pts and 17 rebounds in a 61-30 win.

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