Countdown to Tipoff Rankings: Girls Nos. 7-10

Lincoln junior Zahria Hendrix, right, competes against Folsom in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls basketball playoffs last February at Lincoln High in Stockton. RECORD FILE 2015

Are you ready for round two?

We’ve returned with Nos. 7-10 in my Countdown to Tipoff girls basketball rankings, listing a Top 15 for returning player for the 2015-16 season. In my last edition, and the link is below, Stagg’s Jasmine Pharms, Brookside Christian’s Shaylene Stark, Bear Creek’s Precious Younger, St. Mary’s Neenah Young and Ariel Johnson and Lincoln’s Lianna Tillman were listed.

How it works: These player rankings are returning players only. These are weighed both by past varsity success and statistical prowess and the potential impact these players may have this year. All factors will be weighed, including whether a player must sit out time after a transfer. At least one player on both the boys and girls lists are a transfer.

Now, this counts down not to the first day of regular-season hoops, which for a handful of teams in the area is Friday, Nov. 27, but the day the near entirety of the section begins: with the Foundation games on Monday, Nov. 30.

No. 10 – Loretta Kakala (Manteca F/C, 6-foot-2, Jr.)

Kakala, potentially an NCAA Division I player in the making, shined for the Buffaloes as a sophomore, delivering 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks per game. She gives Manteca a great shot to compete in the Valley Oak League, now that Allie Schmidt, Sarah Nunes and Raziya Potter are gone from Kimball, and Elisabeth Alexander and Victoria Gulley are gone from Weston Ranch.

No. 9 – Angel Johnson (St. Mary’s F, 5-foot-8, Sr.)

Johnson, likely another Division I player to be, averaged six points and three boards last year, which considering how hard it is to get playing time and start on St. Mary’s, which she did, is impressive. The biggest thing she adds to St. Mary’s is an edge in the interior. She’s not afraid to fight for rebounds and give the Rams a sense of authority.

No. 8 – Donwanae Anthony (Kimball F, 5-foot-10,  Jr.)

Anthony averaged 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II runner-up Jaguars. She certainly deserves to be so high on this list, partially, because of how key she’ll be to this team. She’s the only consistent starter who’s returned from last year’s record-breaking run for the school. Kimball started 30-0.

No. 7 – Zahria Hendrix (Lincoln G/F, 5-foot-8, Jr.)

Hendrix not only has the length and ability to drive, but a great 3-point shot, making her a matchup nightmare for nearly anyone she faces. As a sophomore, Hendrix averaged a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds per game. She has a chance to lead Lincoln to a Tri-City Athletic League championship with now-independent St. Mary’s out of the way, and is primed to mature big time and compete for an All-Area spot once again.

COUNTDOWN TO TIPOFF RANKINGS

Nos. 11-15: Pharms, Stark, Younger, Young, Tillman and Ar. Johnson

Nos. 7-10: Kakala, An. Johnson, Anthony, Hendrix

No. 6: Monday

No. 5: Tuesday

No. 4: Wednesday

No. 3: Thursday

No. 2: Nov. 27

No. 1: Nov. 30

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