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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 27

Published: Monday, Feb. 22 2016 11:15 p.m. MST

Jaxon Brenchley, Mountain Crest basketball and Whittni Orton, Panguitch basketball

Boys basketball

Jaxon Brenchley, Mountain Crest (Jr.)

This junior guard continues to prove himself as one of the most well-rounded players in 5A this season.

With one game remaining in the regular season, Brenchley is the only player in 5A who ranks in the top 10 in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals.

That versatility was on display last Friday when he recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a victory over Roy that locked up a state tournament berth for the Mustangs.

For the season, Brenchley is averaging 18.2 points (eighth in 5A), 8.6 rebounds (fourth in 5A), 5.1 assists (first in 5A) and 2.0 steals (seventh in 5A).

“Jaxon has a tremendous skill set that continues to improve. Because of his versatility on offense and defense and the competitiveness he plays with he can simply take over games,” said Mountain Crest coach Graydon Buchmiller. “But his unselfish character and team attitude allow those around to also raise their level of play and make us much more than a one-dimensional team.”

Girls basketball

Whittni Orton, Panguitch (Sr.)

Whittni Orton brings so many valuable things to the floor, not all of them can be measured statistically.

“When Whittni is on the floor, she greatly increases the level of intensity on our team,” said Panguitch head coach Curtis Barney. “Whittni is a defensive nightmare for opposing teams and is our floor general and leader in steals and assists.”

Orton was key in the Bobcats’ championship run last week. A four-time state champion in cross-country who will run for BYU next year, and an honor student, there isn’t much Orton won’t do to help her team succeed.

“She is one of those players who understands what is needed on the floor whether it be a big basket or a turnover or a defensive stop,” Barney said. “She can provide whatever is needed most at the time.”

James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: jedward@deseretnews.com