Girls basketball: Richardson up for state player of the year

Brea Olinda senior Reili Richardson was recently named one of seven finalists for the coveted title of Ms. Basketball in California, Cal-Hi Sports’ annual State Player of the Year award.

The Arizona State-bound guard averaged better than 21 points and six assists per game for the Ladycats this season. Brea turned in a 29-4 record, capping its year off with a 64-51 win over St. Francis of Sacramento in the CIF State Division 1 championship game. Richardson scored a game-high 26 points in the final and grabbed nine rebounds in leading the Ladycats to an unprecedented 10th state title.

In her last four high school outings, the gifted 5-foot-10 combo guard notched point totals of 32, 21, 27 and 26 points, earning 55 trips to the free throw line in that span.

Former Mater Dei and current UConn star, Katie Lou Samuelson, won the award in 2015.

Also in consideration for state player of the years honors are:

Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s of Stackton, Soph.)

Valerie Higgins (Chaminade of West Hills, Sr.)

Sabrina Ionescu (Miramonte of Orinda, Sr.)

Destiny Littleton (Bishop’s of La Jolla, Jr.)

Minyon Moore (Salesian of Richmond, Sr.)

Leaonna Odom (Chaminade of West Hills, Sr.)

The winner will be determined late next week.

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