(East Los Angeles, CA)—East L.A. Sports Scene Productions is proud to announce the selection of Guadalupe Vazquez-Herrera, of the Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary “Lady Cardinals” as its inaugural Girls Varsity, 2019-2020 “Player of the Year.” She recently completed her four year varsity playing career with these amazing Career Awards and Accolades to her credit:
For the 2020 season:
- All-CIF/Southern Section – 2nd Team/Division 2-A
For the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons:
- 3 x 1st Team – All-Del Rey League;
- 3 x Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary – Most Valuable Player (MVP);
- 4 Year Varsity Student-Athlete and 3 Year Varsity Starter (Sophomore, Junior, & Senior)
(2017) Freshman – Total Pts. Scored: (233); Ave. (8.0) PPG; Rebounds: (63)-2.1 Ave; Assists: (16)-0.5 Ave; 3 PTRs Made: 33-79 =41%; Free Throws: 36/52 = 69%.
(2018) Sophomore – Total Pts. Scored: (538); Ave. (19.8) PPG; Rebounds: (158)-5.6 Ave; Assists: (32)-1.1 Ave; 3 PTRs Made: 76-197=38%; Free Throws: 127-181=70%.
(2019) Junior – Total Pts. Scored: (434)/Ave. (20.7) PPG; Rebounds: 108-5.1 Ave.; Assists: (23)-1.1 Ave.; 3 PTRs Made: 57-141=41%; Free Throws: 99-118=84%.
(2020) Senior – Total Pts. Scored: (614); Ave. (23.6)PPG; Rebounds: (220)-8.5 Ave; Assists: (35)-1.3 Ave; 3 PTRs Made: 63-164=38%; Free Throws: 129-167=77%.
Four Year Season Average Stats: Total Pts. Scored: (1,917); Ave. (18.0) PPG; Total Rebounds: (549)=Ave. 137.4; Total Assists: (106)= Ave. 2.6; Total 3 PTRs Made: (229/581) =Ave. 38.1%; Total Free Throws: (391-518)/Ave. 79.3%.
Photo Gallery Credits: CSHM Team Coaches, Team Banquet & others; Erik Sarni, East L.A. Sports Scene Productions- “Senior Night” plus Serra & Bishop Montgomery game action shots;
In taking another last look at Lupe’s final games of the season and her career, she was the driving force behind the Lady Cardinals run to the quarterfinals in the CIF/Southern Section playoffs this season, as she led her team to a huge 1st round road game “upset” playoff win against the University “Lady Trojans” at Irvine, CA. Then, following that victory, the Cardinals played host in a surprising, but well-deserved, 2nd round Home game versus the Summit High School, Lady SkyHawks from Fontana. Lupe played one of her best games of the season getting credit for a “double-double” (41 pts-15 rebs), but the Lady Cardinals came up just short, losing in a dramatic overtime loss by the score of (76-71). Lupe, as she is affectionately known to her teammates, classmates, family members, friends, and coaches, will graduate as one of the school’s All-Time Leaders in scoring and several other categories.
Here’s how Lupe responded when asked about her career at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary. “I understand you all are waiting for me to say that everything was perfect. But that’s not the way it works. It takes a lot of time and dedication to overcome obstacles. I know that’s where success begins. As an incoming freshman with a lot of experience playing at a high level, my goal was to have a starting position because I always set a high standard for myself. I strongly believed that I was more skillful and mentally ready to earn a spot.”
She continued with her narrative…“Although I didn’t start my Freshman year I contributed to the best of my ability. I was limited with playing time and played only one position. We had many seniors and my Coach didn’t believe in starting freshmen. However, that didn’t stop me from trying to earn more minutes. Once I started my Sophomore year I knew I had a chance to prove myself and make a name for myself in the Del Rey League, which is considered one of the toughest leagues in California. My junior year was a big setback due to my injury, allowing me only to play half the season. But I kept myself motivated. At the beginning of my Senior year we started off strong by defeating some top-rated local teams and competing against several elite teams. We eventually made the post-season and opened with a big 1st Round road win over University HS (Irvine) in the 2-A playoffs. But, unfortunately we lost in the 2nd round to a strong Summit team. I was heartbroken because I will never get another chance to win a CIF/SS Championship. Even though we never won a League title, I was honored to have achieved many recognitions such as being selected in my Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year to the All-Del Rey League 1st Teams. In conclusion, my family and I are very proud of having been part of such a family-orientated program.” She completed her narrative with…”To close, I would like to thank Coach Dominguez, my good friend and mentor, his dedicated Coaching Staff, and my parents for guiding me through this part of my life’s journey. I see a bright future ahead because of all of their love and caring.”
Here is Coach Dominguez’s narrative of his MVP, Lupe Vaszquez-Herrera, and the 2019-2020 Lady Cardinals Varsity Basketball Team. “It was a phenomenal season as we accomplished a 20 game win season. This year’s team was without question led by Lupe. During her four year career, she was a 4 Year Varsity player, a 3 x Varsity Starter, a 3 x 1st Team All Del Rey League, a 3 x Varsity MVP. She tallied 1,917 career points and earned a Division 2-A/2nd Team All- CIF selection. At the start of her Senior Year, she was asked to take on a leadership role by scoring more, grabbing both offensive and defensive rebounds, playing tight defense, and bringing out the best in her teammates. Lupe was able to meet this challenge by working hard in the “off-season” as she got stronger and came into the season in the best shape possible. One of the best opportunities to greatly improve her skill-sets came while she played for the El Salvadorean National Under-16 Team, traveling out of the Country and playing in a certified FIBA International Basketball Tournament in Guatemala.”
Coach would add that…In our pre-season, Lupe was the MVP of the Santiago High School Tournament in Garden Grove. In the semi-final, Lupe scored (37) points and had (16) rebounds. In the championship game vs Edison, she finished the game with (31) points and (6) rebounds and received the All-Tournament and MVP Awards. After Christmas, she participated in the Whittier High School Tournament and competed against the area’s top Teams. One of her best games of the Tournament was against defending CIF/SS Champion, Santa Fe High School. The game was one of our most competitive and dominating performances as we were able to shut down one of our area’s top scorers and All-CIF players. Lupe finished the game with a “double-double” with (22) points and (12) rebounds. On December 21st we played Mayfair High School, one of the top teams in Division 2-A, in our “CSHM Cardinal Showcase” and Lupe led us to a huge victory as she registered another “double-double” with (22) points and (10) rebounds. On our “Senior Night,” Lupe played extremely well as we upset one of the top teams in Division 2-A and the eventual Division 2-A CIF Champions, Bishop Amat. She once again finished the night with a “double-double” putting up (26) points and (13) rebounds. Finally, in the 2nd round of CIF Division 2-A playoffs, Lupe, in what would be her last official, and final home game, poured in (41) points and (15) rebounds in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Summit High School.”
Coach Dominguez closed out his narrative with a view to the future as he remarked…”Lupe’s spirit will certainly be missed as she passes the baton to these two returning players, first, it’ll be 6-4/Khaiya Chumley, our upcoming and outstanding post player who made 2nd Team, All-Del Rey League. She will only be a Junior in the Fall. Secondly, now Sophomore G/F, Gizelle Moreno, will be counted upon to take up where Lupe left off as our all-around Best Offensive Player. Gizelle was a 2nd Team All-Del Rey League selection as a Freshman. Always remember, that through hard work, practice and dedication, any goal or dream is made possible.”