Most seasons, there are one or two freshmen who emerge as girls basketball standouts. The list has grown dramatically this year, however, with 11 first-year players averaging at least 10 points per game. The most recognized local freshman is Sylmar’s Monica Jackson, whose 21.4 points per game rank No. 1 in City Section and No. 5 in the area, according to maxpreps.com. The 5-foot-6 guard has scored at least 20 points in 10 of 18 games this season, including a season-high 31 points against Mountain View of Orem, Utah, on Dec. 18. At Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, freshmen Nicole Hung (15 points per game) and Nicole Nesbit (12.3 ppg) are responsible for catapulting the Wolverines (18-5 overall, 7-0 Mission League) to sole possession of first place in league. At Rio Mesa of Oxnard, Stephanie Ramirez has averaged 14 points per game to pace the Spartans (17-6 overall, 4-4 Pacific View). – Kevin Connelly 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!