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They say that the playoffs is where stars are made, and NorCal high school basketball is now fully in playoff mode. Here's a look at the top performers in the first week of the playoffs across Northern California. All games referenced are playoff games unless noted otherwise.

Note: Entries are based on information provided by coaches, statisticians, media members and high school basketball fans. Don’t see any details for your team’s game? Email some stats to


Abigail Shoff, Enterprise G:

After scoring a career-high 51 points the previous week, Shoff opened up the playoffs with 41 points, 21 rebounds, two assists, and three steals on 14-27 shooting (4-10 3FG) in a 72-37 rout of Las Plumas.

Giselle Rodriguez, Fall River G:

Rodriguez went off for a 28-point, 13-rebound, 13-steal triple-double in a 70-33 win against Etna in the CIFNS Division 6 semifinals. She shot 11-17 from the field and also had two assists.

Aaliyah Thompson, Corcoran C:

Thompson averaged 26.5 points, 21.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 2.5 steals in two victories.

Karissa Jordan, Coalinga G:

In two wins so far, Jordan has averaged 29 points, 4.5 rebounds, four assists, 4.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game. Luna Rodriguez also had a huge week for the Horned Toads.

Ciera Thibodeau, Orestimba C:

Thibodeau opened the postseason with 22 points on 9-13 shooting, 19 rebounds, and five steals in a 59-45 win over Escalon.

Alyssa Jackson, Vanden G:

Jackson went for 27 points, six rebounds, seven steals, and three assists in a 96-point demolition of Casa Roble to start the playoffs.

Annie Belter, Hamilton F:

Belter posted 24 points, 18 rebounds, and two steals to lead the Braves past Los Molinos in their playoff-opener.

Mary Carter, Antelope F:

Carter outscored the competition in a rout of El Capitan with 26 points on 9-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and two steals.

Alex Gonzalez, The Academy - San Francisco G:

Gonzalez went off for 33 points (6-12 3FG) plus five rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a 64-49 win over Burton.

Nia Coleman, Monte Vista G:

Coleman helped lead the Mustangs to a pair of resounding wins to start the playoffs averaging 17.5 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, 4.5 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game, including a triple-double, shooting a whopping 16-20 from the field (3-4 3FG).

Aaliyah Johnson, Inderkum G:

Johnson led the Tigers to a lopsided victory against Downey to start the playoffs with 25 points on 10-16 shooting to match the opponent's total, plus six steals and five rebounds.

Isabel Tan, Cosumnes Oaks G:

Tan recorded 28 points on 7-12 shooting and three steals to guide the Wolfpack past Rocklin 61-54.

Karena Eberts, Miramonte F:

Eberts went off for 28 points, 18 rebounds, and three steals on 11-17 shooting in a 59-38 victory over Mission San Jose.

Zoe Tillery, Laguna Creek G:

Tillery led the Cardinals to a 77-30 blowout of Buhach Colony with 25 points, five assists, and four steals.

Elle Ladine, Pinewood G:

Ladine led the Wildcats to a 30-point playoff win over Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep with 18 points, six assists, three steals, two blocks, and a whopping 30 boards.

Tegan Gaines, Northgate G:

Gaines led the Broncos to a 47-42 win against Windsor with 21 points, 8 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

Renaissance Johnson, Weed C:

Johnson scored 25 PPG through Weed's first two playoff games, both big wins.

Karli Reynolds, Weed G:

Reynolds also averaged exactly 25 PPG in the Cougars' first two playoff contests.

Kailei Gonzalez, Wood G:

Gonzalez had a career-high 29 points in an overtime loss to El Dorado.

Amanda Diaz, Pacific Bay Christian G:

To start the week, Diaz averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and three assists per game to lead the Eagles to a pair of league wins. Then she had 30 points shooting 10-18 from three to go with five assists, five steals, and three rebounds in a playoff blowout of ACE Charter.


Kentavion Pierce, Castlemont G:

In two league games last week, Pierce averaged 32 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Sirod Winters, Cristo Rey De La Salle G:

Winters averaged 31.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, and two assists per game in two games last week shooting 59.4% from the field.

Peyton Yarbrough, Elliot Christian F:

Yarbrough opened the playoffs with a 16-point, 13-rebounds, 12-assist triple-double in a 25-point win over Stockton Christian. He also racked up eight blocks and was two steals away from a five-by-five.

Ethan Patterson, Bradshaw Christian G:

Patterson dropped a career-high 31 points to avenge a blowout loss from a week earlier and lead The Pride past Argonaut 59-55.

Rashad Samuels, Chico G:

Samuels scored 21 points on 9-15 shooting and had five assists, three rebounds, and three steals as the Panthers blew out Las Plumas to start the playoffs.

Kaleb Salazar, Monache G:

Salazar averaged 21.5 points, three rebounds, three assists, and 2.5 steals per game on 54.2% shooting in two playoff wins.

Mykayle McCoy, Roosevelt (Fresno) F:

McCoy helped lead Roosevelt to a pair of playoff wins averaging 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, three assists, and two steals per game on 55.6% shooting. Josh Nicholson also had a huge week for the Rough Riders.

Gilbert Maravilla, Sierra Pacific G:

Maravilla had 25 points on 8-14 shooting, 10 rebounds, and two assists in the Golden Bears' playoff-opening win.

Dylan Swillis, Central (Fresno) G:

Swillis scored 22 points to lead the Grizzlies past Porterville.

Drew Vizenor, St. Bernard's G:

Vizenor scored 28 points and 24 points in routs of Calistoga and Mendocino, respectively.

Max Parmigiani, American Canyon G:

Parmiginiani had 21 points on 6-9 shooting (5-8 3FG) plus four boards and three assists to lead the Wolves past Cardinal Newman in their playoff-opener.

Ryan Beasley, Dougherty Valley G:

Beasley scored 23 points on 8-11 shooting (3-5 3FG) and had four rebounds, four assists, and five steals in an 84-52 win over Antioch, and helped lead the Wildcats over Mt. Eden in the next round as well.

David Schumaker, Forest Lake Christian F:

Schumaker led the Falcons past Alpha Charter in their playoff-opener with 21 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and four steals on 9-12 shooting.

Harrison Alexander, Bear River C:

Alexander led the Bruins to a 43-42 win over Leroy Greene Academy with 20 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.

Mario Plasencia, Denair G:

Plascencia had a season-high 23 points and career-high 22 rebounds, plus three steals and two assists, in a league win against Mariposa County.

Omari Nesbit, Burbank G:

Nesbit went for 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals in a 71-53 victory against Union Mine.

Malachi Miller, Central Catholic G:

Miller helped lead the Raiders to a 70-56 win over Wood with 25 points on 7-14 shooting, 11 rebounds, and four assists.

James Cook, Center F:

Cook had 16 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks on 7-11 shooting in a 64-53 win over Lincoln (Lincoln).

Ameere Britton, Elk Grove G:

Britton scored 20 points on 7-14 shooting to go with eight rebounds, nine assists, and three steals in a 67-44 victory versus Atwater. DaJon Lott Jr. also had a big double-double for The Thundering Herd.

Leon Mills, Edison (Stockton) G:

Mills helped lead the Vikings to a 70-58 win over Pleasant Grove with 25 points on 8-16 shooting, eight steals, and four assists.

Elliot Mobley, West Ranch G:

Mobley scored 21 points on 50% shooting and registered six steals and three assists in a 75-73 win over Oak Ridge.