Bay Area News Group girls high school athlete of the week: Ruiqi Liu, Menlo School basketball

Menlo School basketball player Ruiqi Liu is the Bay Area News Group’s girls high school athlete of the week for Feb. 27 to Mar. 4 after she received 36.55% of the vote at the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday.

Oakland Tech basketball player Jhai Johnson placed second with 31.76% of the vote and Harker lacrosse player Kyra Hawk finished third.

Liu, a sophomore guard, scored 36 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the two games. The Knights advanced to the NorCal Division IV final after victories over Hillsdale and Summit Shasta. Liu and the team came within three points of advancing to the state final.

Congratulations to all the candidates for this week’s recognition.

To nominate an athlete for next week’s poll, email by Monday, Mar. 13, at 11 a.m. Please include stats and team results.

We also review stats submitted to by coaches/team statisticians for consideration.

Winners are announced each Friday on the Mercury News & East Bay Times websites and, starting Sept. 30, in the print edition of the Mercury News and EB Times sports sections.

Past winners

Feb. 20-25: Michelle Tang, Mills basketball

Feb. 13-18: Mikayla Garcia, James Logan wrestling

Feb. 6-11: Alli Dioli, Half Moon Bay basketball

Jan. 30 to Feb. 4: Quinn Godfrey, Branham basketball

Jan. 13-28: India Bowles, Archbishop Riordan soccer

Jan. 16-21: Priscilla Quihuiz, San Jose soccer

Jan. 9-14: Trinity Chu, California basketball

Jan. 2-7: Tali Fa’i, Newark Memorial basketball

Dec. 12-17: Deanna Luna, James Lick soccer

Dec. 5-10: Sofia Bowes, San Ramon Valley basketball

Nov. 28 to Dec. 3: Kendall McClure, Heritage basketball

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