Girls Hoops: Monrovia’s Gina Henderson impressive.

Boys practice at Pasadena High tonight, 6-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 28 at Damien High
Girls game, 4 p.m.; Boys game, 6 p.m.

Boys: Tribune 98, Star-News 87, Star-News leads series, 5-3.
Girls: Tribune 80, Star-News 69, Star-News leads series, 5-3.

COACH: Tim Tucker, Pasadena

Blake Hamilton, Pasadena, Sr.
John Haywood, Pasadena, Sr.
Dion Nelson, Muir, Sr.
Jessy Cantinol, Renaissance Academy, Sr.
Vince De Guzman, Renaissance Academy, Sr.
Ali Jabalameli, South Pasadena, Sr.
Javon Shields, South Pasadena, Sr.
Darrell Dansby, La Canada, Sr.
Taylor Lagace, Arcadia, Sr.
Robby Haines, Arcadia, Sr.
Jeffrey Radzwill, Arcadia, Sr.
PJ Dunn, Maranatha, Sr.
Garren Llorens, Maranatha, Sr.
Jeff Briegel, La Salle, Sr.
Jordan Hill, La Salle, Sr.

Hon Trieu, Keppel and Kim Weber, Pasadena Poly

Shaela Flynn, Muir, Sr.
Tahniya Sweatt, Muir, Sr.
Brandi Dubose, Muir, Sr.
Michelle Miller, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Gina Henderson, Monrovia, Sr.
Domynyque Johnson, Monrovia, Sr.
Kaela Barnes, Monrovia, Sr.
Kelsey Nakamura, South Pasadena, Sr.
Sydney Zarate, La Canada, Sr.
Kristin Leung, San Marino, Sr.
Megan Rutherford, Pasadena, Senior
Sandra Gao, Keppel, Sr.
Lana Haddad, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Sr.
Carrie Morris, Mayfield, Sr.
Devanie Davis, Rio Hondo Prep, Sr.

From half-court passes and no-look passes to crisp, deep three-pointers, Monrovia High School’s Gina Henderson showed during Wednesday’s practice with the Star-News All-Stars why it’s ready to extend its lead over the Tribune All-Stars.
The teams will meet Saturday at 4 p.m. in the ninth annual Star-News/Tribune All-Star Game at Damien High in La Verne. The Star-News leads the series, 5-3.

Henderson stepped onto the West San Gabriel Valley scene as a sophomore when she transferred from Bishop Amat. She gained attention when as a sophomore scored 39 points in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs against Magnolia. The first-team All-Area selection and Rio Hondo League most valuable player displayed deft passing Wednesday with a soft stroke from mid-range and beyond the arc.

She was so impressive Star-News All-Star co-coach Kim Weber (Pasadena Poly) unsuccessfully persuaded Henderson to switch from Cal State Bakersfield to Occidental, Weber’s alma mater. Henderson averaged 20 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds for the Wildcats this season.

“She’s good, I like her, ” said Star-News co-coach Hon Triue of Keppel. “She reminds me of our point guard, however, as a senior she’s more mature and you can tell. It’ll be fun to watch and coach her.”

In just one practice it became obvious that the Star-News’ strength would be at the guard level, and this was all without Pasadena Poly’s Michelle Miller on the floor, who was limited as she prepares for the Prep League swimming finals.

Familiar faces

Pasadena’s Megan Rutherford, Muir’s Tahniya Sweatt and Henderson reunited on the court for the first time since playing together as sixth graders with the travel team Pasadena Vikings.

Rutherford, at 5-foot-11, gives the Star-News a strong post presence and Sweatt brings athleticism and speed.

Three-point contest

It didn’t take long to figure out who the best shooters were in practice, so it came as no surprise who was tabbed to take part in the 3-point contest during halftime of the girls game. Monrovia’s Domynyque Johnson will join Henderson and Miller.

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