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Girls regional basketball players of the year

The 6-foot-1 sophomore was the leading scorer (15.3 points per game) and rebounder (8.2 per game) for the Bay Area’s No. 1 team, which finished 28-3 and won a Northern California Open Division title. Ranked the 11th best 10th-grader in the country by ESPN, Jones was also a terrific passer and shot blocker on a roster filled with future college players. The 5-11 forward — ranked the 65th best senior in the country by ESPN — led the Dragons (26-5) to a superb season and finished as only the second girl in school history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career. Pace, who has signed to play for the University of San Diego, averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game her senior season. The 6-3 senior forward claims this honor for a second straight year after lifting the Cardinals to a Northern California Open Division championship game berth. The Boise State signee led the seventh-seeded Cardinals to NorCal wins at second-seeded Carondelet-Concord and third-seeded Pinewood-Los Altos Hills, before they lost to Mitty in the championship game. Van Dyke, in only her fourth year of competitive basketball, averaged 23.9 points, 15.4 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 3.5 blocks per game. In the Northern California Division 3 title game — a 78-56 home win over St. Mary’s-Berkeley — Van Dyke made 20 of 28 shots and scored 46 points, a career high and NorCal playoff final record (any division, boys or girls). In the state title game, she scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed a state title-game record 25 rebounds in a 62-45 loss to Rosary Academy-Fullerton.

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