Watsonville High senior Xitlali Montesino, left, earned All-PCAL Gabilan Division First Team honors this season. (Raul Ebio -The Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville High senior Xitlali Montesino was faced with a difficult challenge of having to compete against some of the best teams in the grueling Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan Division this season. 

However, the standout Wildcatz guard was more than up to the task following a stellar year on the court and earned all-league first team honors.  

The coaches within the Gabilan Division recognized Montesino who finished with an average of 14 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.9 steals in 23 games played this season, according to the MaxPreps website. 

She led the ‘Catz to back-to-back road victories against Carmel and Salinas on Feb. 9 and 11, respectively. 

Montesino also had help from fellow senior teammate and rebounding machine Kaylani Trout-Lacy, who earned all-league second team honors for her average of 9.5 rebounds per game.

Both players kept the ‘Catz–who finished 2-8 in league play–in most of their contests this season including a 51-47 loss to North Salinas in the Gabilan Division opener and a heartbreaking 51-48 loss to Hollister.     

Gabilan Division 

Watsonville High senior Kaylani Trout-Lacy missed a couple of games for the Wildcatz girls’ basketball team due to a knee injury she suffered prior to the start of this season. (Raul Ebio -The Pajaronian)

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Players: Bailey Cotter (Jr.), Hollister; Daeja Hollands (Sr.), North Salinas

Defensive Player of the Year: Lesly Rodriguez (Jr.), Alisal

First Team

Lesly Rodriguez (Jr.), Alisal

Bailey Cotter (Jr.), Hollister 

Jocelyn Alexander (Sr.), Hollister

Daeja Hollands (Sr.), North Salinas

Dalilah Ruano (Jr.), North Salinas

Xitlali Montesino (Sr.), Watsonville

Second Team

Yulissa Alvarez (Jr.), Alisal

Delaney Castagna (Sr.), Carmel

Emmia Rivera (Sr.), Hollister

Dominayah Black (Sr.), North Salinas

Ashley Yu (Sr.), Salinas

Kaylani Trout-Lacy (Sr.), Watsonville

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team

Nayeli Gil Silva (Fr.), Alisal

Lily Grundy (Jr.), Carmel

Gracie Skow (Sr.), Hollister

Anahi Montalvo (So.), North Salinas

Marley Panziera (Sr.), Salinas

Samantha Rubio (Sr.), Watsonville

Mission Division 

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Ava Marshall, Pacific Grove

Offensive Player of the Year: Melanie Martinez, Pacific Grove

Defensive Player of the Year: Mia Henson, Monterey

First Team

Izbella Ibarra, Alisal

Makayla Rader, Monte Vista Christian

Mia Henson, Monterey

Ava Marshall, Pacific Grove

Melanie Martinez, Pacific Grove

Sydney Clymo, Stevenson

Second Team

Jasmine Encallado, Alvarez

Sophia Cortes, Monte Vista Christian

Gianna Herrera, Monte Vista Christian

Aveena Ducusin, Notre Dame-Salinas

Savannah Hardy, Pacific Grove

Alex Dalhamer, Stevenson

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team

Angela Ayozie, Alvarez

Rhazelle Gonzales, Monte Vista Christian

Eva Rossi, Notre Dame-Salinas

Shayla Sanchez, Pacific Grove

Anouk Catania, Stevenson

Cypress Division

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Arianna Villagomez (Sr.), Greenfield

Offensive Player of the Year: Latai Matelau (Jr.), Greenfield

Defensive Player of the Year: Valeria Segura (So.), Soledad

First Team

Latai Matelau (Jr.), Greenfield

Arianna Villagomez (Sr.), Greenfield

Julia Mendez (Sr.), King City 

Ahsani Collins (Sr.), Seaside 

Norma Tulua (Jr.), Seaside 

Valeria Segura (So.), Soldead 

Second Team 

Yasmin Avalos (Jr.), Greenfield 

Jimena Hernandez (Sr.), Greenfield

Sage Flores (Sr.), King City 

Johana Alonzo (Jr.), King City

Kasandra Lopez (Jr.), Soledad 

Katherine Amaro (Jr.), Soledad 

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team 

Lesley Santiago (Jr.), Greenfield

Vanessa Potts (Sr.), King City 

Kayleen Flores (Sr.), North Monterey County 

Kamala Encinias (Sr.), Seaside 

Aaliyah Gonzales (Sr.), Soledad 

Samantha Orradre (Sr.), St. Francis 

Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award: St. Francis

Santa Lucia Division

Pajaro Valley High senior Annel Andrade had six points for the Grizzlies girls’ basketball team in a 32-25 win over Gonzales High in PCAL Santa Lucia play Jan 20. (Juan Reyes/The Pajaronian)

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Jayna Schalesky, Rancho San Juan 

Offensive Player of the Year: Angelina Navarro, Gonzales 

Defensive Player of the Year: Kristina Aceves, Rancho San Juan

First Team 

Imaya Phillips, Rancho San Juan 

Jayna Schalesky, Rancho San Juan

Angelina Navarro, Gonzales

Celeste Camarena, Gonzales 

Annel Andrade, Pajaro Valley 

Kristina Aceves, Rancho San Juan 

Second Team 

Erika Nunez, Rancho San Juan 

Margaret Spencer, Santa Catalina 

Alexa Mendez, Gonzales 

Ellen Than, Pacific Collegiate School 

Malak Ahwal, Pacific Collegiate School 

Brianna Hernandez, Pajaro Valley 

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team

Daja Moreno, Rancho San Juan 

Angie Ybarra, Gonzales 

Zoe Allen, Santa Catalina 

Addie Payne, Pacific Collegiate School

Giselle Quintero, Pajaro Valley

Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award: Santa Catalina

Arroyo Division

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Quincy Key (Sr.), York 

Freshman of the Year: Brooke Alden (Fr.), Kirby 

First Team 

Quincy Key (Sr.), York

Asya Wilson (Fr.), York 

Piper Shankle (So.), Anzar 

Kailee Barlics (Fr.), Oakwood 

Brooke Alden (Fr.) Kirby 

Coral Garcia (Sr.), Ceiba 

Second Team

Maya Brent-Nurse (Sr.), York 

Myra Khieu (Sr.), York 

Madysun Roderick (Sr.), Anzar 

Ella Gutierrez (So.), Oakwood 

Lucia Nakashima (So.), Kirby 

Flor Zepeda (Sr.), Ceiba

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team 

Anahi Martinez (Jr.), Anzar  

Alondra Valdes (Sr.), York 

Caitlin Taylor (Sr.), Kirby 

Sian Holter (So.), Oakwood 

Katrina Lomeli (So.), Ceiba 

Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award: Kirby 

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A Watsonville native who has a passion for local sports and loves his community. A Watsonville High, Cabrillo College, San Jose State University and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism alumnus, he primarily covers high school athletics, Cabrillo College athletics, various youth sports in the Pajaro Valley and the Santa Cruz Warriors. Juan is also a video game enthusiast, part-time chef (at home), explorer and a sports junkie. Coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to report scores HERE.


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