The all-Ocean League girls basketball team has three Santa Monica High players on the first team this season.
In addition to Player of the Year Thea Lemberger, guard Kristina Johnson and forward Moriah Faulk were honored.
In addition, forward Lilly Feder was named to the second team.
The CIF Division 1-A choices were Lemberger as Player of the Year with Johnson and Faulk also on the first team. With a much larger pool of players to choose from, Feder didn’t make the second team.
The individual honors followed Samohi’s drive to its first CIF championship in girls basketball in school history.
Johnson teamed with Lemberger to give Samohi a high quality backcourt.
Faulk was one of two transfers who joined the team in mid-season and blended in well. At first, Coach Marty Verdugo thought Faulk was deferring too much, but in time Faulk became a dominant player.
She played one game at guard, then was moved to forward, where she helped with rebounding and provided a difficult matchup.
Next season Johnson, Faulk and Bianka Baltizar are expected to be the team’s key players along with fast developing freshman Brianna Harris.
As Lemberger moves on to UCLA, her close friend Savanna Erskine of Culver City High will be advancing to the University of San Francisco.
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