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Here are the candidates for the WaFd BankArizona High School Girls Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 15-21 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 or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveaz.


Leamsi Acuna, Flowing Wells: Against Salpointe Catholic on Saturday, the sophomore led the team in scoring with 18 points and collected five rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 59-55 loss. 

Rebecca Arave, Lee Williams: Making her first appearance on the list, Arave had her best game of the season Tuesday, posting a double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds to help lift the Volunteers to a 36-24 victory over Bradshaw Mountain. The sophomore then posted 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 40-35 victory against the Bears on Friday. 

Sierra Badger, Poston Butte: Badger, a junior, led the team in scoring with 21 points in Tuesday’s 65-37 victory over Shadow Mountain. She also had five assists, four rebounds and four steals to help power the Broncos to victory. 

Alyssa Brown, Sahuaro: It was another outstanding week for Brown, who opened things Tuesday by posting 32 points and 17 rebounds. The senior’s double-double accounted for more than half of the points and rebounds for the team in its 53-29 victory over Cienega. Thursday was arguably her best game yet, though, as she dropped 47 points and 15 rebounds to help lift the Cougars to an 85-55 victory against Catalina Foothills. 

Katie Burns, Catalina Foothills: In just the third game of the season for the Falcons, the sophomore was absolutely dynamic, racking up 25 points, three rebounds and three assists in a 63-56 loss to Tucson on Monday. 

Victoria Cazares, Pueblo: The sophomore is continuing to have a phenomenal season, posting 25 points, five assists and four steals in a 58-50 victory over Combs on Wednesday. 

Reilly Clark, Catalina Foothills: Clark, a sophomore, racked up a double-double with 20 points, 14 rebounds and three steals in Monday’s 63-56 loss to Tucson. She had 27 points Thursday in an 85-55 loss to Sahuaro. 

Kacie Clinton, Bradshaw Mountain: The junior posted a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds, along with four assists and four steals, to help defeat Coronado 60-42 on Friday. 

Kelci Connolly, Sunrise Mountain: In the Mustangs’ 56-48 win over Millennium on Friday, the junior had 19 points and five rebounds.

Marisa Davis, Valley Vista: The senior and Washington Huskies commit notched a double-double with 23 points and 16 rebounds, along with three assists and three steals, to help propel the Monsoon to a 61-30 victory over Desert Vista on Monday. 

Andrea De La Fuente, Sunnyside: In Thursday’s game against Cienega, the senior had her best game of the season with 23 points and four rebounds. 

Julie Diveney, Sunrise Mountain: With 18 points in a 56-48 victory over Millennium on Friday, the senior also became one of the newest members of the 1,000 career points club.

Kaitlyn Elsholz, Cactus Shadows: In her best game of the season, the sophomore had 22 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists in a 75-23 victory over Willow Canyon on Tuesday. 

Alaya Fitzgerald, Mesquite: It was another outstanding week for the senior, who opened things with 30 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 67-35 victory over Moon Valley on Tuesday.

Kalyssa Fox, Casa Grande: The senior her best game of the season against Cactus on Friday with 18 points, six steals, five rebounds and two assists to help lift the Cougars to a 60-27 victory. 

Autymn Franks, Casteel: Franks is back on the list after her standout performance against Desert Mountain on Thursday, when the senior led both teams in scoring with 23 points in a 62-33 victory. She added five steals, three assists and two rebounds. 

Ryan Gilvin, Walden Grove: In Monday’s 63-60 loss to Amphitheater, the senior had an absolutely phenomenal game, posting a double-double with 27 points and 26 rebounds. She had four blocks, three assists and three steals. 

Avery Graber, Paradise Valley: Graber, a senior, dominated across the court Saturday, leading both teams in points and rebounds with 16 and 20, respectively, in the Trojans’ 49-43 loss to Horizon. 

Ellie Guiney, Millennium: The freshman led Millennium in scoring Friday with 25 points despite the Tigers’ 56-48 loss to Sunrise Mountain. 

Kamaraiah Hawkins, Yuma: Back on the list again with another double-double, the junior had 29 points, 20 rebounds and eight steals in a 64-19 win over Kofa on Thursday. 

Alyssa Heath, Mohave: Heath, a junior, is back on the list after posting 20 points in the team’s 68-39 loss to Flagstaff on Wednesday. 

Kaisha Henry, Verrado: In her best game of the season so far, the junior had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds to help Verrado secure a 56-33 win over Williams Field on Tuesday. 

Naomi Hernandez, Valley Lutheran: The senior had 30 points in Valley Lutheran’s 72-0 victory over Heritage Academy on Saturday. 

Ashiian Hunter, Mesa: In Thursday’s 50-26 victory over Sunnyslope, the sophomore had 21 points, eight steals, five assists and four rebounds. 

Daeja Johnson, Casteel: Back on the list this week is Johnson, a senior who had 23 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists in a 75-35 victory over Raymond S. Kellis on Tuesday. 

Britany Kogbara, Peoria: The sophomore posted a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, leading the team in both categories and helping the Panthers secure a 61-10 victory over rival Cactus High on Thursday. 

Sierra LaBuwi, Cactus Shadows: In a 60-39 victory over Horizon on Thursday, the sophomore led the team with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. 

Samantha Lyle, Saguaro: Lyle had an explosive game Wednesday against Vista Grande with 30 points and 11 rebounds to help lift the Sabercats to a 71-41 victory. The junior followed with another double-double in Thursday’s 56-52 win over McClintock with 18 points and 15 rebounds. 

Navine Mallon, Flowing Wells: In a 67-44 victory over Pueblo on Tuesday, the sophomore led the team all over the court with 15 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and four steals. 

Marlene Moreno, St. Mary’s: Moreno makes another appearance on the list after her best game of the season Tuesday against Saguaro. The senior posted 25 points, eight rebounds, five steals and two assists in a 58-53 loss to Saguaro. 

Alivia Pautz, Notre Dame Prep: In Thursday’s 77-31 victory against Cortez, the senior had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. 

Paola Perez-Martinez, McClintock: The senior led both teams in scoring Saturday with 19 points despite the Chargers’ 65-48 loss to Cactus Shadows. 

Khamil Pierre, Perry: The sophomore had another strong game against Leading Edge Academy, posting 20 points, six rebounds and three steals to help the Pumas secure a 65-40 win. 

Jayla Scott, Vista Grande: The junior posted an insane double-double of 34 points and 24 rebounds Tuesday in a 64-32 victory over Marcos de Niza.

Mackenzie Shivers, Mesa: The junior led the team with 22 points, five assists and five steals in a 58-48 loss to Seton Catholic Prep on Wednesday. She reached 1,000 career points in the game. 

Brionna Smith, Leading Edge Academy: In Monday’s 65-40 loss to Perry, the senior led the team in scoring with 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds. 

Kasey Stauffacher, Arcadia: In Saturday’s 49-29 victory over Coronado, the senior led her team with 19 points, four steals, four assists and two rebounds. 

Samantha Thomas, Peoria: Thomas and Kogbara teamed up to become an unstoppable duo, each with a double-double in the 62-10 victory over Cactus on Tuesday. Thomas, a junior, was right behind her teammate with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Mat’tanaya Vital, Amphitheater: Making her first appearance on the list, the junior had arguably the best game of her high school career with a triple-double in a 63-60 win over Walden Grove. Vital had 22 points, 11 steals and 10 rebounds, accompanied by eight assists and three blocks.