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Pacific Women's Basketball Recruits Rack Up Accolades To Finish High School Careers

Apr 10, 2010

Finishing out their high school careers in winning fashion, Pacific women's basketball recruits Danielle Peacon (Reno, Nev.), Gena Johnson (Elk Grove, Calif.), Taryn Garza (Modesto, Calif.) and Sam Pettinger (Mill Creek, Wash.) will look now to their first season in Orange and Black, beginning in the 2010-11 school year.

Peacon, a 6-3 center/forward led Reed High School in Sparks, Nev., to the Nevada State 4A championships where the Raiders finished as State Runner Up. Peacon paced the squad with a double-double that included 25 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game. For her phenomenal efforts, the senior was named 2010 Co-Player of the Year in the High Desert League, but her awards did not stop there. Peacon's recognition reached higher plateaus, as she and her team moved closer and closer to tasting the state championship. After the Nevada State championship game, Peacon was named 2010 Northern Nevada Co-Player of the Year and the 2010 4A All-North Player of the Year. Danielle closed out her senior season averaging a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. She plans to major in sports pedagogy in the fall.

In the local Sac-Joaquin section, Johnson, a 5-9 wing paced the Franklin High School Wildcats after closing out her career averaging 16.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 blocks per game - all totals that led the team on the season. For her tremendous play this season, Johnson was named to the All-Delta Valley League team after Franklin High School fell in the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament held in the Alex G. Spanos Center on Pacific's campus this March. In that game, Johnson tallied 18 points to close out her high school career. She was also recognized by the local media, as Gena was named First-Team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee. Next year, Johnson will come to Pacific majoring in sport sciences.

Also hailing from the Sac-Joaquin section Garza, a 6-0 forward, finished as Crusaders' leading rebounder with 8.7 boards per game. Several times Taryn finished with a double-double, averaging 13.8 points per game, while also tallying 2.3 blocks per game along with 3.3 steals per game. In conference action Modesto Christian High School finished with a perfect 10-0 record and went on to compile a final 28-5 overall record. For the second-straight season, Garza and the Crusaders were named Sac-Joaquin Section champions and moved into the Division IV California State tournament. Capping off an impressive season, the Crusaders were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the state championship tournament. Garza will join Pacific in the fall with plans to major in graphic design and art.


Finally, Pettinger, a 5-9 guard out of the state of Washington, has had a record-breaking senior season. Sam led the Wildcats averaging over 11 points per game as well as six assists per game. Furthermore he tallies broke the record at Archbishop Murphy High School for career assists and steals. On the season the Wildcats went undefeated in the 1A/2A Cascade League finishing a perfect 11-0 to become the league champions. The Wildcats went on to the Washington State championship tournament where they finished fifth place in the state. For Pettinger's play she was named the District MVP, landed on the All-State Tournament Team and was also bestowed the Sportsmanship Award in this year's Washington State championship tournament. Pettinger rounds out the class of four recruits entering Pacific during the 2010-11 year and she will major in sports medicine.