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Oregon’s best high school girls basketball players: Meet the top stars in the 6A PIL (Part 2)

We're taking a conference-by-conference look at some of the state's top high school basketball players. Here's Part 2 of the PIL girls list.

We're taking a conference-by-conference look at some of the state's top high school basketball players. Here's Part 2 of the PIL girls list. (Read Part 1 here.) 

Every league has numerous standout players, and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive. Let us know which other players you think should be added to the list.

Lincoln

W Julia Calvin, sr., 5-7

Calvin missed her junior season due to injury but returned to the lineup this season. The senior wing has a quick first step that allows her to get to the basket. She is also a strong shooter from long range. “When healthy, Julia is our best all-around player,” head coach Kevin Berry said. “She is athletic and physical and is a tough matchup for any team.” 

G Morgan Miller, jr., 5-6

A junior point guard, Miller is a strong three-point shooter who is also a major threat off the dribble. Berry said Miller is a smart defender and a great leader for the Cardinals. “Morgan is well-rounded and very versatile,” the coach added. “We go as she goes. She has the potential to play at the next level.”

W/F Jasmine Bieniek, sr., 5-7, and W Zoe Ansbro, sr., 5-4

Ansbro and Bieniek were varsity players as sophomores who skipped their junior seasons in the spring. Berry said both players are excellent three-point shooters who have good defensive instincts to go with their athleticism. “They are a great complement to the returning players as we try to increase the speed at which we play as well as our scoring output,” Berry said. 

McDaniel

F Ava Arias, sr., 5-10

Arias is a do-it-all senior forward who is averaging 21 points and nine rebounds per game. She had a season-high 30 points in a victory over Century and has recorded several double-doubles this winter. The 5-foot-10 forward will play college basketball for Carnegie Mellon. “Being a utility player allows Ava to be a threat from any spot on the court,” head coach Chelsea Kimura said. “That makes it very difficult to guard her.” 

G Fiona Farmer, sr., 5-7

Farmer is a playmaker for the Mountain Lions, dishing out around four assists per game. She also had a season-best performance against Century with 14 points, nine assists, eight steals and seven rebounds. “Fiona is a reliable point guard and one of our best spot-up shooters,” Kimura said. 

G Janice Lee, sr., 5-3

The 5-foot-3 Lee averages around six points and three rebounds per game. Despite her size, she is a good weakside rebounder. “Janice is our best help-side defender and another reliable shooter,” Kimura said. 

G Nykole Jackson, sr., 5-4

Jackson, a senior point guard, is putting up nine points, three assists and three steals per game. Kimura said Jackson is an important leader for the program. “The biggest thing Nykole brings to the team is positive speeches, whether it’s before, during or after games,” Kimura said.

Wells

G Charlotte Richman, sr., 5-5

A four-year varsity starter, Richman has been lighting up PIL defenses since her first season with the Guardians. The Army commit is an unselfish point guard who loves to find open teammates. She can also match points with anybody in the state. “Charlotte is one of the best ball-handlers I’ve ever seen,” assistant coach Greg Danese said. “She can shoot from super deep and is highly skilled.”

C Eliza Digiulio, sr., 6-0

Digiulio is also a four-year starter who is a superb rebounder. She has improved her shooting range during her high school career and has become a good second option after Richman. “Eliza is an extremely strong post,” Danese said. “She is very physical and is one of the strongest girls I’ve seen in high school basketball.”

F Eve Hart, sr., 5-10

Another physical senior forward, Hart is a difficult matchup for opposing teams in the paint. “She is one of the strongest girls numbers-wise we have in our high school,” Danese said. “Meaning things like bench press, deadlift, back squats. Eve is also usually our second- or third-leading scorer.”