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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Viewmont's Mercedes Staples shoots against American Fork's Addie Holmstead during 5A basketball championships at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

Editor’s note: The Deseret News picks the MVPs, but the remainder of the all-state teams are based on coaches votes. This year 20 of 28 5A coaches submitted votes.

Here’s a more in-depth look at all of the first-, second- and third-teamers, including a scouting report comment from an opposing coach.


Ms. Basketball

Taylor Moeaki, American Fork

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

18.6 point per game

3.2 assists per game

2.2 steals per game

Season high

34 points at Lone Peak on Feb. 2

Opposing coach scouting report

“Taylor does it all on the floor. Her presence just changes the game entirely as she can lock in and defend anyone, anticipate so well and then take it on anyone offensively whether it's hitting the 3, knocking down a dribble pull-up or making some move to the basket and finishing. She is the complete player and literally unstoppable.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A First Team

2015 — 5A Second Team

2014 — 5A Third Team


5A MVP

Mercedes Staples, Viewmont

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

17.4 point per game

4.2 assists per game

2.3 steals per game

Season high

29 points at Hunter on Jan. 31

Opposing coach scouting report

“She is such a great point guard and player who is hard to stop because she is so good at so many things. She is a great rebounder and passer, as well as shooter and defender. She is long and handles the ball so well that it is hard to contain her. Her height allows her to shoot over you. She can shoot the three as well as the midrange shot and she finishes well at the basket. She sees the floor and passes so well that she makes other players better than they really are. You can focus on taking away something from her and yet she will always find some other way to hurt you. She has the complete package.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Second Team

2015 — 5A Third Team


5A First Team

Kaylee Carlsen, Sky View

Sr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

15.3 point per game

4.0 rebounds per game

3.3 assists per game

2.5 steals per game

Season high

26 points vs. Pleasant Grove on Feb. 22 (5A quarters)

Opposing coach scouting report

“Sky View has produced good players the past couple years and with that being said Kaylee is a special player. She is a prolific scorer who can hurt you in many ways. She is by far the best shooter I have seen over the last three years. You give her any space on the perimeter and you can bet she will knock down the shot. You guard her too tight and she can take you off the dribble. What makes her special is she can pull up on a dime. Very few girls have a middle game, they either shoot the three or take it all the way to the basket. Kaylee can do both of those but the one part of her game that separates her from other players in the state is her ability to shoot the pull-up jumper. As much as you try to force her right knowing her strength is to pull up going left she can get you going one way and cross you over to get back to her strength. Kaylee is not only an offensive threat she plays aggressively on the defensive end as well. She averages 2.5 steals and does it by making the player she is guarding uncomfortable. It’s been awhile since I have seen a high school player that does not take a possession off and that is another area that separates her from other players.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Second Team


Hunter Krebs, Sky View

Sr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

15.8 point per game

9.3 rebounds per game

1.7 steals per game

Season high

30 points at Northridge on Feb. 14

Opposing coach scouting report

“Hunter worked on improving her range this year. She was already a force to deal with inside but it was more difficult to guard her as she was able to make three pointers. She has great inside moves when she received the ball on the block. She is a physical player and will fight for boards on both ends of the court. Hunter was a big factor in Sky View's repeat as Region 1 Champions.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Second Team


Morgan Kane, Riverton

Jr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

16.1 point per game

Season high

25 points vs. Hillcrest on Dec. 20

Opposing coach scouting report

“Morgan is a powerful player in the paint. She is able to use her right and left hand equally and when she gets position, she is difficult to move. She is a terrific rebounder on both ends and makes free throws if you foul her. She is a nice anchor to build a team around.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Second Team


Brianna White, West

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

20.4 point per game

Season high

33 points at Davis on Jan. 6

Opposing coach scouting report

“Brianna White is one of the most athletic girls in the state if not the most athletic. She loves the big shots and the big moments. She can hit the 3-point shot but really thrives driving to the basket. She has a real gift for stealing the ball. She uses her athleticism to get into the passing lanes quick. A real competitive kid.”


Megan Carr, Viewmont

Sr., Forward/Center

2016-2017 statistics

14.0 point per game

6.0 rebounds per game

2.5 blocks per game

Season high

24 points at West on Dec. 22

Opposing coach scouting report

“Megan improved her basketball skills every year and this year she was just awesome! I love Megan’s game and the way she plays and handles herself. She was definitely one of the best posts in the state this year. Megan is just tough on both ends of the floor. Offensively she’s a threat on the inside and outside whether it’s a turnaround jump shot down low, a 10-15 foot mid-range shot or an offensive putback. At 6-foot-2 her size and length on defense really made it tough to go inside because she would change a shot or just block it. She does an fantastic job of keeping her hands high so it’s difficult to score against her and when she has the ball it’s difficult to stop her. Megan is fast and she can run the floor extremely well and get out on the break. Most opposing post players couldn’t keep up with her. Megan is also a real leader on Viewmont’s team and an unselfish player. I never saw her get down on herself or her teammates. She was always trying to be positive and build them up. But at the same time she is as competitive as they come and has worked hard on her fundamentals and basketball skills. I’ve seen Megan’s improvement each season and she is the reason why Viewmont had such an incredible year. She was huge for them this season.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Honorable Mention


Kate Sisler, Copper Hills

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

10.5 point per game

3.2 rebounds per game

2.7 assists per game

1.7 steals per game

Season high

19 points at Taylorsville on Jan. 17

Opposing coach scouting report

“Kate Sisler is a pure shooter, she can hit a jump shot from anywhere within their offense. She can read the court well and is a good off-side defender and looks to pick off passes from the opposite side. She is a motivator on the team and when she hits shots her teammates feed off that energy.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Honorable Mention


5A Second Team

Haylie Anderson, Clearfield

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

17.7 point per game

2.1 rebounds per game

2.0 assists per game

3.0 steals per game

Season high

31 points vs. Sky View on Jan. 10

Opposing coach scouting report

“Haylie Anderson is such a tough player to guard because she is such a pure shooter. She does such a good job of moving without the basketball to get herself open. She doesn't need much room to get up her shot. But, you can't just guard her shot, because she can drive to the basket and draw the foul. She is a great all-around player.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Third Team


Sierra McNicol, Bingham

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

16.7 point per game

Season high

27 points vs. Taylorsville on Feb. 14

Opposing coach scouting report

“Sierra was unquestionably one of the most difficult players to defend in our region. She is a good shooter... but she is at her best when she is driving to the basket. She has excellent strength and body control, and is an expert at initiating contact, drawing fouls, and finishing around the rim. Really improved her quickness and overall conditioning from her junior to senior year.”


Sara Hamson, Pleasant Grove

Sr., Center

2016-2017 statistics

12.8 point per game

9.3 rebounds per game

Season high

28 points vs. Westlake on Feb. 2

Opposing coach scouting report

“Sara is a unique talent who is more athletic than you might think. She has terrific hands and finishes well around the rim and from the free throw line. Sara is an obvious force defensively. She really changes the way you have to play. She protects the rim as well as anyone we have seen.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Honorable Mention


Savannah Flanary, Lone Peak

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

13.7 point per game

4.7 rebounds per game

4.0 assists per game

4.4 steals per game

Season high

20 points vs. Riverton on Feb. 14

Opposing coach scouting report

“Savannah is the ultimate competitor. You have to know where she is on the court at all times because she is in attack mode on offense and looking for steals on Defense.”


Paige Farnsworth, American Fork

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

10.0 point per game

Season high

22 points at Lehi on Feb. 16

Opposing coach scouting report

“Paige was a major key to American Fork’s offense this year. She has the ability to score 3's in bunches. And her range is out to 26 feet. Moeaki gets a lot of credit for that team's offense but Paige's consistent shooting made them pretty much unstoppable.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Honorable Mention

2016 — 5A Third Team


Taylor Franson, American Fork

Sr., Center

2016-2017 statistics

10.0 point per game

7.4 rebounds per game

2.4 steals per game

2.0 blocks per game

Season high

16 points at Herriman on Jan. 5

Opposing coach scouting report

“Taylor is a total team player who is always doing the little things on both ends of the floor that help make her team so successful. She anticipates so well on the offensive boards and finishes well around the rim.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Honorable Mention

2015 — 5A Honorable Mention


5A Third Team

Josie Williams, Roy

Jr., Center

2016-2017 statistics

16.8 point per game

8.8 rebounds per game

Season high

25 points vs. Syracuse on Dec. 9

Opposing coach scouting report

“Josie Williams is a post that can play everywhere on the court. She can go down low and play from the block, but there are other times when she is out on the perimeter. She can shoot the three and the mid range jumper. She truly is a threat everywhere on the court. Her height and length make her a tough defender. She is a great all-around player. “


Brooklynn Barrus, Mountain Crest

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

18.4 point per game

Season high

37 points at Uintah on Dec. 1

Opposing coach scouting report

“Brooklynn Barrus is plain and simple a scorer. She can knock down 3-pointers with a hand in her face and can take you off the dribble to get the basket. She was Mountain Crest's go-to player this year and the only way to slow her down was to full on deny her the basketball. She is a competitor and works hard on both ends of the floor. She is a player that all coaches wish they could have on their team.”


Kylie Hale, Sky View

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

11.0 point per game

3.2 rebounds per game

4.3 assists per game

3.1 steals per game

Season high

27 points at Weber on Jan. 25

Opposing coach scouting report

“Kylie was the x-factor for Sky View. On a team loaded with talent, Kylie’s contributions made them very hard to guard. She was their floor leader and usually made great decisions with the ball. Her range (well beyond the arc) allowed them to space the floor effectively. Defensively, Kylie was solid; she always seemed to be in the right place.”


Malli Valgardson, Pleasant Grove

Sr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

13.0 point per game

6.6 rebounds per game

Season high

26 points vs. Maple Mountain on Nov. 29

Opposing coach scouting report

“Malli is so athletic She is a matchup nightmare, not only because of her size but because of her tenacity on both ends of the floor. She is one of the best shot blockers I've seen in high school girls basketball. She finishes so well around the rim and is a beast on the boards.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Third Team


Sadie Nixon, Pleasant Grove

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

12.8 point per game

7.2 rebounds per game

5.7 assists per game

Season high

22 points at Desert Hills on Dec. 1

Opposing coach scouting report

“Sadie is a complete player who plays beyond her years. She is fearless and confident. She handles like a point guard, shoots like a two-guard, and is strong enough to post up like a four or five. She will be a terrific leader for her team over the next couple of years.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Honorable Mention


Emma Clark, Lone Peak

Sr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

13.9 point per game

5.2 rebounds per game

Season high

25 points at Taylorsville on Dec. 8

Opposing coach scouting report

“Emma is a terrific competitor. She is a knockdown shooter who can take you off the dribble or post up. She is very athletic for a power forward and is a difficult matchup because of her versatility. She is also a gracious opponent. My players always enjoyed playing against her because of the type of sportsmanship she showed.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 5A Honorable Mention


5A Honorable Mention

Breaunna Gillen, Copper Hills, So., Guard

Morgan Toluono, Taylorsville, Jr., Guard

Brooke Ingles, Brighton, Sr., Guard

Berklee Lerohl, Fremont, Sr., Guard

Livia Borges, Layton, Sr., Guard

Milee Enger, Herriman, Jr., Guard

Finau Tonga, Taylorsville, So., Center

Whitney Banz, West, Fr., Guard

Taela Laufiso, Copper Hills, Jr., Guard/Forward

Brenna Blaser, Riverton, Sr., Guard

Rachel Watson, Clearfield, Jr., Center

Taylor Morris, Weber, So., Guard


Complete team

Ms. Basketball

Taylor Moeaki, American Fork, Sr., Guard — 18.6 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.2 spg

5A MVP

Mercedes Staples, Viewmont, Jr., Guard — 17.4 ppg, 4.2 apg, 2.3 spg

5A First Team

Kaylee Carlsen, Sky View, Sr., Forward — 15.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.5 spg

Hunter Krebs, Sky View, Sr., Forward — 15.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.7 spg

Morgan Kane, Riverton, Jr., Forward — 10.7 ppg

Brianna White, West, Jr., Guard — 20.4 ppg

Megan Carr, Viewmont, Sr., Forward/Center — 14.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg

Kate Sisler, Copper Hills, Sr., Guard — 10.5 ppg 1.7 spg 2.7 apg 3.2 rpg

5A Second Team

Haylie Anderson, Clearfield, Jr., Guard — 17.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 3.0 spg

Sierra McNicol, Bingham, Sr., Guard — 16.7 ppg

Sara Hamson, Pleasant Grove, Sr., Center — 12.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg

Savannah Flanary, Lone Peak, Sr., Guard — 13.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.4 spg, 4.0 apg

Paige Farnsworth, American Fork, Sr., Guard — 10.0 ppg, 53 made 3-pointers

Taylor Franson, American Fork, Sr., Center — 10 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.4 spg, 2.0 bpg

5A Third Team

Josie Williams, Roy, Jr., Center — 16.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg

Brooklynn Barrus, Mountain Crest, Sr., Guard — 18.4 ppg

Kylie Hale, Sky View, Sr., Guard — 11.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 3.1 spg

Malli Valgardson, Pleasant Grove, Sr., Forward — 13.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg

Sadie Nixon, Pleasant Grove, So., Guard — 12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 5.7 apg

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Emma Clark, Lone Peak, Sr., Forward — 13.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 81% FT

5A Honorable Mention

Breaunna Gillen, Copper Hills, So., Guard

Morgan Toluono, Taylorsville, Jr., Guard

Brooke Ingles, Brighton, Sr., Guard

Berklee Lerohl, Fremont, Sr., Guard

Livia Borges, Layton, Sr., Guard

Milee Enger, Herriman, Jr., Guard

Finau Tonga, Taylorsville, So., Center

Whitney Banz, West, Fr., Guard

Taela Laufiso, Copper Hills, Jr., Guard/Forward

Brenna Blaser, Riverton, Sr., Guard

Rachel Watson, Clearfield, Jr., Center

Taylor Morris, Weber, So., Guard