Kirby makes all-state team
Life is about to get a lot better for Jasmere Kirby. A host of colleges are on the verge of courting the Lassen College point guard in hopes of luring arguably the state top junior college player.
"There's a lot of interest out there for her," Lassen head coach Mark Nareau said. "She'll have some decisions to make pretty soon."
The sophomore averaged 22 points a game en route to making the all-state team for the second straight year.
She was runner-up for the state's Player of the Year, getting out-voted by Aman Young of Contra Costa. Kirby held Young scoreless in the first half when the two teams faced off earlier this year.
Kirby was one of four Lady Cougars who played in the "sophomore showcase" game last weekend - a game designed for Division I and II college coaches. She was joined by Janelle Mack, Jamie Wagner and Sabrina Dixon.
"I'm confident all four will play next year on a scholarship," Nareau said.
Mack averaged 11 points and 12 rebounds a game, while Wagner averaged 11.5 points, four steals and four assists.
Dixon was an all-tournament selection at the Cosumnes River Tournament and was a "outside threat the entire year," Nareau said.
Lassen finished the season with a 28-8 record and has gone 54-14 during the last two years. The team capped the year with a No. 7 state ranking.
Ventura and Mt. San Antonio met in the state championship game last Sunday. Results were not available at press time. Butte advanced to the Final Eight, but fell to Mt. San Antonio.