Senior Success For Trojan Newcomers
March 31, 2009
National honors and state and section championships have all been compiled by USC's newest class of talent on their way into Troy for the coming 2009-10 women's basketball season. While California products Christina Marinacci and Monique Oliver were picking up McDonald's All-American selections, Kendall Hackney was making history in Ohio with her school's fourth straight Division I state championship. The three standouts are all set to join the Trojans next season as freshmen along with Hawaii's Vicky Tagalicod.
Hackney helped her Mount Notre Dame team to an unprecedented fourth consecutive state title at the Division I level and was honored as Ohio's Ms. Basketball. A three-time state tournament MVP selection, Hackney averaged 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a senior. The 6-2 forward and honor student also picked up honors as Ohio State DI Co-Player of the Year.
A McDonald's All-American, Marinacci was recently named the Orange County Register's Player of the Year following her work in leading Foothill High School to its fourth straight league title and the CIF-SS Division III-A title this season. She is a three-time league MVP and a four-time all-state and all-county pick. The 6-2 forward finished her prep career as Foothill's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, gathering 2,456 career points and 1,198 career rebounds.
Oliver will join Marinacci at the upcoming McDonald's All-American game, as the 6-3 Long Beach Poly post earned that national honor in February and has also picked up accolades as a WBCA All-American as well as named the Toyota Player of the Championship Game. Oliver helped drive Long Beach Poly to its fourth consecutive CIF Division I championship - making a similar mark in the California history books as Hackney made in Ohio, as the Jackrabbits become the first California girls team to win four straight titles at the Division I level.
Tagalicod was sidelined for her senior season at Hilo High School in Honolulu due to injury, but is expected to be a contributor along with the rest of her incoming freshman class next season at USC. A 5-9 guard, Tagalicod earned all-state honors during her three seasons of action at Hilo.