Over the past five years, Central Coast Section championships in girls' basketball have been won by Menlo School, Gunn, Pinewood, Eastside Prep and Palo Alto. Not too surprisingly, the top players from those teams have taken their talents to the college level.
The oldest grad from that group, Jasmine Evans from Gunn, is now a senior at Harvard. As a senior at Gunn, she led the Titans to a 29-2 record (best in school history) and runner-up finish to Mitty in the CCS Division II finals.
Harvard's Jasmine Evans from Gunn. Photo courtesy Harvard Athletics.
Eastside Prep grad Ahjalee Harvey is now a junior at San Diego State. She has played in eight games while averaging 31.8 minutes for the Aztecs (1-2, 4-9). She's averaging 8.1 points and 2.5 rebounds while dishing out 29 assists.
Pinewood grad Miranda Seto is a two-year starter for UC San Diego and is averaging a team-leading 14.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. She also has dished ur 28 assists and is No. 2 on the team with 16 3-pointers. The Tritons are off to a 5-3 conference start (8-4 overall). Seto has played in 10 games, earning CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 25.
Also playing for UCSD is senior Rachel Marty, another former Pinewood player.
Fellow Pinewood grad Kelsey Morehead is a three-year starter for Tufts. She's averaging 30.8 minutes per game and is scoring 7.2 ppg with a team-high 32 assists. She also had made 16 3-pointers while helping Tufts compile a 12-0 record.
Pinewood grad Caitlin Ciardella is a junior guard at Redlands. Despite coming off a knee injury that ended her season last year, she had played in 15 games for the Bulldogs (5-1, 12-3) and is averaging 4.3 points a game.
Pinewood grad Hailie Eackles is a redshirt sophomore at Pacific and is coming off a career-high 17 points in an 88-68 win over Santa Clara last Saturday. Eackles, a starter, has played in all 16 games for the Tigers (3-3, 8-8) and is averaging 6.6 points (10.3 in conference) while compiling 16 assists, 16 steals and 25 rebounds.
Eackles helped Pinewood win the CIF State Division V title in 2010, along with Seto, Morehead and Ciardella.
Gunn grad Cat Perez, who helped Gunn win the CCS Division I title in 2012, is now a sophomore at Seattle University. She has played in eight games for the Chieftans (3-1, 8-9) and is averaging 4.5 minutes a game. She has grabbed seven rebounds but is still looking for her first points this season.
Menlo School grad Drew Edelman is a freshman at USC. She has played in 10 games for the Trojans (4-1, 11-6) in the tough Pac-12 Conference. She's averaging 6.2 minutes and has scored 10 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked two shots.
Eastside Prep grad Hashima Carothers, who helped the Panthers win the CCS Division V title in 2012, is a freshman at USF. She has played in 12 games for the Dons (2-3, 7-9) and is averaging 9.2 minutes per game. She has scored 32 points (2.7 ppg) and grabbed 35 rebounds (2.9 rpg).