Parity flooded the Rio Hondo League this girls' basketball season a year after league powerhouse Monrovia High took the title with a perfect record.
The Wildcats didn't have the luxury of counting out teams like La Cañada, South Pasadena and San Marino this year, as the Spartans and Tigers kept league title hopes alive late into the season.
The Spartans, Tigers and Titans each leaned heavily on one player this season and each were rewarded with all-league first-team honors — Spartan Courtney Chen, Tiger Kelsey Nakamura and Titan Leigh Kunitake.
Chen took over the Spartans point guard duties as a sophomore and led them in offensively and defensively.
La Cañada took second in league with a 16-12, 7-3 in league record behind Chen, who averaged team-highs in points (15.3), assists (4.1) and steals (3.6).
"It's a tough role as a point guard, but her ability to score is what makes her unique," La Cañada Coach Tamar Hill said. "Last year was a trial by fire, she really got thrown in there as a freshman. She has really evolved as a result of being thrown in the pan like that."