Here are the candidates for the WaFd Bank Arizona High School Girls Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 18-24 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email email@example.com or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveaz.
WAFD BANK PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
Amanda Barcello, Seton Catholic Prep: The senior helped lead the Sentinels to consecutive blowout wins against ALA-Queen Creek (68-28) on Tuesday and Buckeye (62-14) on Thursday with contributions all over the court. On Tuesday, she had 12 points, nine steals, seven rebounds and five assists before increasing the intensity Thursday to produce 21 points, nine steals, seven rebounds and four assists.
Reena Bhakta, Sunrise Mountain: Bhakta, a sophomore, had 21 points for the Mustangs in their 79-34 rout of Centennial on Tuesday.
Mikela Cooper, Valley Vista: The junior had 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists in the Monsoon’s 62-45 win over Xavier Prep on Wednesday.
Abby Dean, Boulder Creek: Dean, a freshman, had 27 points and six steals, leading the Jaguars in both categories, in her high school debut as Boulder Creek routed Liberty 65-15 on Tuesday.
Kassidy Dixon, Millennium: The senior dropped 20 points and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals to help the Tigers secure a 71-35 win over Cactus Shadows on Thursday.
Rayn Holton, Casteel: The Colts junior is one of the first players this season to achieve a triple-double, tallying 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 steals in a 70-18 blowout of rival Higley on Tuesday. She also had seven deflections.
Jaya Huma, Saguaro: In the Sabercats’ season-opening 78-15 win over Marcos de Niza on Tuesday, the junior had 23 points, five assists and two steals.
Ashiian Hunter, Mesa: The sophomore had 31 points, four assists and four steals in the Jackrabbits’ 66-21 win over Mountain View (Mesa) on Friday.
Marley Jackson, Saguaro: In her first high school game, the freshman had 22 points and three rebounds Tuesday to help lead the Sabercats to a 78-15 win over Marcos de Niza.
Daeja Johnson, Casteel: Johnson, a senior, had 27 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Colts’ 70-18 win over Higley on Tuesday.
Kimora Parker, Mountain Pointe: The senior had a team-high 22 points in the Pride’s 69-37 win over Queen Creek on Tuesday.
Ysabel Puente, Sunrise Mountain: Puente, a freshman, put up 17 points in her high school debut, helping the Mustangs cruise to a 79-34 win over Centennial on Tuesday.
Amyah Reaves, Hamilton: The senior had 23 points Friday in the Huskies’ 57-37 win over Xavier Prep.
Mackenzie Shivers, Mesa: Shivers, a junior, had 23 points, 10 assists, six steals and six blocks in the Jackrabbits’ 64-31 victory over Red Mountain on Tuesday.
Mia Singstock, Pinnacle: Singstock is one of many Pioneers looking to have a breakthrough season as a freshman on varsity. In her second game against Horizon on Thursday, she notched a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in Pinnacle’s 51-34 win.