Maya Armenta quietly yet confidently helped Righetti to an undefeated PAC 8 League championship.
Britney McCune did the same at Cabrillo.
Arroyo Grande's Brynn Thoming was Arroyo Grande's top player throughout the season and helped the Eagles nearly hand Righetti its lone league loss, scoring 26 points at home in the Warriors' 57-54 win on Jan. 24. Arroyo Grande finished second in the PAC 8 behind Armenta's Warriors.
Chavon Garrett and Danielle Morgan of Lompoc helped the Braves to a second-place finish in the LPL at 12-2 in league. The two, along with standout Cheyenne Marmolejo, helped the Braves test McCune's Conqs twice this year, though Lompoc never had quite enough to topple Cabrillo.
All those players have led their teams to stellar seasons in various ways. But they also have one more thing in common: They all combine to make-up the LCCN All-Area First Team.
These players all helped their teams win throughout the 2016-17 season. In fact, they helped their teams win a ton. As of this writing, Cabrillo, Arroyo Grande, Lompoc and Righetti combined to go 82-16 in the regular season and were a combined 52-4 in league.
Cabrillo finished the regular season 23-2 overall and went 14-0 in the LPL. Arroyo Grande went 19-6 in the regular season and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Righetti finished 22-3 in the regular season after going 14-0 in the PAC 8 League. Lompoc was 12-2 in the LPL and 18-5 in the regular season.
Three of the players on the All-Area First Team are seniors: Thoming, Armenta and Garrett. Morgan and McCune are both juniors and will have some interesting matchups next year as seniors.
Armenta rarely led the Warriors in scoring during the regular season, but consistently set up her teammates running the Righetti offense at the point guard position. Armenta was still able to shoot, knocking down more than 20 3-pointers this year for the Warriors when called upon.
But Armenta's defense has been just as pivotal. Armenta is a bulldog on the perimeter, typically mirroring the opponent's point guard. With Armenta at the point the last two seasons, the Warriors have gone 45-8, including the playoffs. Armenta has averaged over two steals per game the last two seasons.
Lompoc's Garrett may have been the Braves' best threat on offense in the 2016-17 season, though Marmolejo was the team's top all-around player. Garrett led the Braves with 10.9 points per game. But Morgan wasn't too far behind at 10.8 points per game.
Morgan and Garrett also have almost identical rebounding stats: Each averaged 7.6 rebounds per game this year. Garrett was stellar at rebounding on the offensive end, with 4.1 offensive rebounds per game for the Braves.
Morgan averaged 2.9 assists per game while Garrett added 2.1 per for Lompoc.
Incredibly, both Garrett and Morgan were strong on the defensive end with almost identical steals numbers: Morgan had 2.5 per game and Garrett had 2.3. Morgan led the Braves with 1.7 blocks per game. Garrett added one block per game for the Braves.
They each had four double-doubles this season.
Over at Cabrillo, McCune won on the brink of nearly averaging a double-double this year with 13.3 points per game and 7.5 rebounds as the Conquistadores cruised to the LPL title. McCune averaged 4.3 offensive rebounds per game and was second on the team with 2.1 steals per game.