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Girls basketball notes: O.C.'s top shooters
Everybody loves offense, and Orange County is home to some of the best pure shooters in Southern California girls basketball.
Ten county coaches, who spend tons of time evaluating talent, helped the Register put together a list of the top 10 shooters in the county. Here is the list:
10. Geena Gomez, Edison: The St. Joseph's-bound point guard is a streaky shooter, and when she is on she can put up points in bunches.
9. Madison Cruse, Sunny Hills: The senior guard can score inside and outside, but it is her stroke from beyond the 3-point line that makes her a dangerous shooter. She has made at least four 3-pointers in two of her past three games.
8. Allyson O'Brien, La Habra: The 5-11 senior is a pure shooter who can handle the ball and works well coming off screens. O'Brien is averaging 22.3 points per game, and she recently put up 35 points against California of Whittier.
7. Jessica Salottolo, Orange Lutheran: The Lancers have multiple weapons, and Salottolo is one of those players who can launch attacks from the 3-point line.
6. Abbey Goodsell, Orange Lutheran: The senior sharpshooter has five games with at least four 3-pointers. When Goodsell and Salottolo are hot at the same time, Orange Lutheran can be dangerous.
5. Anna Kim, Brea Olinda: The Long Beach State-bound point guard has developed into an excellent scorer as a senior. Her pull-up jumper can be deadly.
4. Sarah Lipton, Woodbridge: Leave this 6-1 senior guard open around the 3-point line at your own peril. Lipton had a season-high eight 3-pointers and 34 points against Dana Hills earlier this season.
3. Coco Miller, JSerra: The 5-10 guard showed flashes of being a big scorer as a freshman, and she has continued to develop as a sophomore. Miller is fearless from beyond the 3-point arc, which is a trait usually possessed by the best shooters.
2. Karlie Samuelson, Mater Dei: The Stanford-bound guard has one of the sweetest 3-point shots in the nation and she is nearly perfect from the free-throw line. She has been putting up big numbers against some of the nation's toughest competition, such as when she dropped seven 3-pointers and 38 points on Riverdale Baptist of Upper Marlboro, Md., in late December.
1. Katie Lou Samuelson, Mater Dei: Many Southern California girls basketball observers believe Katie Lou could end up being the most talented of all the Samuelson sisters ... and she's only a sophomore. She has an effortless stroke from behind the 3-point line and she gets her shot off quickly. She has 10 games with at least three 3-pointers, and she has three games with at least six 3-pointers.
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