BURBANK — It's a good local representation when three of the four area high school girls' basketball programs have players who are honored with All-CIF Southern Section awards.
That is the case this season, as athletes from Bellarmine-Jefferson, Burroughs and Providence have won the coveted accolade. Joining Bell-Jeff's Rishonda Napier and Jasmine Smith are Indians Lisha Elsenbach and Chelsea Rhamdeow, along with the Pioneers' Rita Khatchadourian.
The three schools also had something else in common this past season: league championships. While the Indians captured a title in the Pacific League — their first in 33 years — the Guards notched their fourth straight Santa Cruz League crown and Providence won a share of the Liberty League championship, their second in as many years.
Leading the way in the All-CIF selections was Bell-Jeff, which landed two players on the Division III-A first team. Juniors Napier and Smith are the latest in a string of Guards who have won the award the past few seasons.