Here are SBLive’s All-L.A. City Section girls basketball awards for the spring 2021 season. The main criteria were players’ individual statistics and intangible impact on winning relative to team success. All regular season and postseason games were taken into consideration, with a slight emphasis on CIF-LACS playoff games. Strength of schedule was heavily factored in.
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ALL-LA CITY SECTION GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAMS
Co-Player of the Year: G Alexis Pettis – Palisades – SR.
Pettis was named co-MVP by the City Section and the Western League MVP after helping lead the Dolphins to back-to-back Open Division titles. She led Pali in assists per game, and was also the section’s top defensive and rebounding point guard.
Co-Player of the Year: G Sydney Blevins – Hamilton – SR.
The top player on the Open Division finalist, Blevins had the top scoring season in the City Section relative to the strength of schedule Hamilton played with 22.4 PPG. Her top games included a 36-point outburst in a win against Brentwood, 23 points against Palisades in the LACS Open Division championship game, and 18 points against Long Beach Poly – one of the better defenses in the state – in the CIF regional playoffs. Blevins was also one of the better rebounders and defensive players in the section, and significantly upped her facilitating as a senior as well.
FIRST TEAM ALL-LA CITY SECTION
G Demonnie Lagway – Palisades – JR.
Lagway, our MVP runner-up, was unavailable for a few of Pali’s biggest games, but was as good as anyone in the section when she was on the court. She led the Dolphins in scoring on a per-game basis, and the CIFLACS named her co-MVP after an outstanding playoff run on the way to the Open Division title. Lagway will be the clear frontrunner to win section MVP entering next season.
G Sammie Arnold – Palisades – SR.
Arnold averaged 10.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and was one of the steadiest all-around players on the section’s top team.
G Ameerah Ali – Crenshaw – SR.
Crenshaw only got four games in before the playoffs, but the Mississippi Valley State commit averaged over 25 points and five assists a game in them.
G Janna Holley – Birmingham – SR.
Holley averaged 12.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, five assists, and 2.9 steals per game to lead Birmingham to the Open Division semifinals. She will enter her senior season as the clear top point guard in the section, and one of the top MVP candidates.
G Rylei Waugh – Westchester – SO.
Averaging over 20 PPG, Waugh was the top player on a Westchester squad that was a lot stronger than its 4-5 record would indicate. With most of the Comets’ core returning, Waugh is likely to be the best player on an Open Division contender in her upperclassman years.
G Colleen Navasartian – Granada Hills Charter – SR.
Navasartian led the Highlanders with nearly 13 PPG on a team-high 53% EFG, hitting nearly three threes a game at a 38% clip. She also averaged 4.2 rebounds and two steals a game.
F Gaby Quintana – El Camino Real – SR.
Quintana led the Royals in scoring at 12 points per game, and spaced the floor out with range well past the arc. She also played a significant role in anchoring one of the section’s top defenses.
C Ivy Scott – Palisades – SR.
The section’s top paint anchor, Scott averaged nearly a double-double in points and rebounds, and also defended the paint at a high level.
SECOND TEAM ALL-LA CITY SECTION
G Bita Hashemi – Birmingham – SR.
Hashemi averaged 11.6 points, four rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 2.1 assists per game, and was one of the section’s better defenders and hustle players.
G Sherisse Chensam – Hamilton – SR.
Chensam led the Lady Yankees in assists, and also averaged over 10 PPG for the second-best team in the section.
G Maya Sano – Los Angeles CES – SO.
Sano was named the Division 1 player of the year after helping lead the Unicorns to a section title and leading them in assists.
F Aliyah Pollard – Los Angeles CES – SR.
After leading LACES to a Division 2 title last year and winning division player of the year honors, Pollard was the top scorer and rebounder on the Division 1 champion.
F Trinity Conner – Hamilton – SR.
Conner averaged 10 PPG for the Open Division runner-up, and was section’s top playmaking and floor-spacing post player.
THIRD TEAM ALL-LA CITY SECTION
G Tiah Sherman – Narbonne – SR.
One of the best passers and defensive point guards in the section, Sherman led the Gauchos to a 6-1 finish and Open Division playoff appearance.
G Audrey Quintana – El Camino Real – JR.
Quintana averaged nearly 10 PPG for the Open Division semifinalist, and was Elco’s most consistent perimeter threat.
G Anayla Anderson – King/Drew – FR.
Arguably the section’s top freshman, Anderson led the Division 1 finalist with 17 points and three assists per game.
G Citlali Salazar – Crenshaw – SO.
Salazar averaged 16.8 points and eight rebounds per game for the Cougars during the regular season.
G Leena Vo – Granada Hills Charter – SR.
Vo averaged 6.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and was one of the section’s top perimeter defenders.
F Mariah Blake – Westchester – FR.
Blake was a first-teamer in both the Open Division and the Western League.
F Natalie Satamian – Granada Hills Charter – SR.
One of the highest-motor players in the section, Satamian was second on the Highlanders with 7.6 points per game. She also led Granada with 3.4 steals per game (tied).
F Taylor Arnold – Palisades – SO.
One of the most productive players in the section on a per-minute basis, Arnold averaged 7.5 points and six rebounds per game for the Open Division champion without even playing starter’s minutes. She missed nearly Pali’s entire playoff run with an ankle injury, but came up clutch in multiple of the Dolphins’ biggest regular season games.
F Lily Ramos – Birmingham – SR.
Ramos averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game on 52% FG, and also led Birmingham in blocks.
F Jaz Washington – Birmingham – SR.
Washington was the defensive anchor and leading rebounder for the No. 3 team in the section.
G Calista Arzaga – Granada Hills Charter – JR.
G Christiauna Taylor – King/Drew – FR.
G Andrea Hinton – King/Drew – SO.
G Brandy Castaneda – Narbonne – SR.
G Julie Abrego – Taft – SR.
G Kenna McConnachie – Los Angeles CES – SO.
G Samantha Velazquez – Birmingham – FR.
G Laila Salazar – Marshall – SO.
G Ava Kidder – Marshall – SO.
G Sa’Niah Dumas – Crenshaw – SO.
G Savannah Prasad – Westchester – SO.
F Payton Love – El Camino Real – SR.
F Jaylee Hall – El Camino Real – SR.
F Asiah Harris – Fairfax – JR.
F Lily Ramos – Birmingham – SR.
F Payton Walk – Crenshaw – JR.
C Ogechi Nekes – King/Drew – SR.
C Chioma Okenwa – Hamilton – JR.