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Nicole Boliaux, Deseret News
North Sevier High School Wolves small forward Peyton Torgerson (25) attempts a shot on basket during the game against the Emery High School Spartans in the final round of the Girls High School 2A Championships at Snow College in Richfield on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The Wolves went on to win in overtime.

Editor’s note: The Deseret News picks the MVPs, but the remainder of the all-state teams are based on coaches votes. This year 16 of 24 2A 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 for first- and second- team players.


2A MVP


Peyton Torgerson, North Sevier

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

15.9 points per game

6.7 rebounds per game

4.3 assists per game

2.3 steals per game

Season high

25 points at Gunnison on Feb. 9

Opposing coach scouting report

Peyton Torgerson is extremely difficult to prepare for. She is so versatile in all aspects of the game. If you try to take away one of her strengths, she will adjust to adversity and hurt you in other ways. She is a general on the floor and makes the other 4 players in the game better with her presence. A great attribute about Peyton is her unselfishness. She averaged 16 points a game, but could have easily scored over 20. She is always creating assists to get her teammates involved. Her teammates feed off her energy both offensively and defensively. As a coach, Peyton is a difficult player to prepare for and one you would love to have playing on your team.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A MVP

2015 — 2A First Team

2014 — 2A Second Team


2A First Team

Megan Jensen, Emery

So., Center

2016-2017 statistics

14.3 points per game

6.0 rebounds per game

Season high

26 points vs. North Sevier on Feb. 25

Opposing coach scouting report

“With Emery you have to pick your poison, you can plug the middle and die by the best 3-pt shooting team in 2A OR you can take away the three and let Megan Jensen dominate you in the paint. Megan saved her best game for last, scoring 26 points in the championship game in a very dominating performance. Defensively she's an even bigger threat. Emery's pressure 2-3 zone forces you to drive to the middle, but when you get past the guards you have to find a way to score over Jensen. They don't list her height, but I'm guessing she's at least 6'2". She's VERY good at altering shots and I have never seen her get in foul trouble. There should be several colleges keeping a watchful eye on Megan.”


Hailey Higgs, North Sevier

Sr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

10.1 points per game

6.9 rebounds per game

2.1 assists per game

Season high

20 points at San Juan on Jan. 28

Opposing coach scouting report

Hailey Higgs has had an outstanding four-year career at North Sevier. It has been fun to watch her game grow year over year. Her shooting improved tremendously over the years and just when you think you can match up with her around the elbows and lane line, this season she took her inside game to a new level with some great inside moves to score. She is a top notch rebounder and an extremely tough defender in the paint. Overall an outstanding player who teamed with Peyton Torgersen to lead the Wolves to a state championship.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A Second Team

2015 — 2A Second Team


Hunter Vernon, North Summit

Jr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

10.5 points per game

9.1 rebounds per game

1.9 assists per game

4.0 steals per game

Season high

20 points at Summit Academy on Feb. 7

Opposing coach scouting report

“Hunter is solid all around player who rarely shows any weaknesses. She plays confident, in control, and extremely hard. Hunter was difficult to prepare for because she can hurt you in a variety of ways. She has a great outside shot but can also beat you off the dribble. She has the ability to hit a pull-up jumper, finish at the rim, or dish to an open teammate. She is a very tough defender who can pressure the ball and force a lot of turnovers. Hunter is the kind of player who would do anything to help her team win and finds ways to contribute every night.”

Past all-state honors

2015 — 2A Honorable Mention


Ashlin Blonquist, North Summit

Sr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

8.8 points per game

5.6 rebounds per game

1.4 assists per game

1.8 steals per game

Season high

20 points vs. North Sevier on Feb. 23

Opposing coach scouting report

“Ashlin would be a dream to coach, but is a nightmare to coach against. She is one of the most athletic kids I have seen in high school basketball and could be a college athlete in any of the three sports she competes in. Her speed and athleticism make her very dangerous in transition and on the offensive glass. She was able to give her team a lot of extra possessions with her offensive rebounds. She is an extremely difficult matchup because she can beat you off the dribble or post you up. Ashlin is also a very unselfish player who draws a lot of attention and is able to find her open teammates. On the defensive end she is as good as you'll find. Her length, speed, and jumping ability allow her to guard any position. She pressured the ball very well and causes a lot of turnovers, but she can also grind underneath and guard a post. She is a very poised and confident player who always plays hard, and was an outstanding senior leader for her team this season.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A First Team


Sammi Rogers, South Summit

Sr., Center

2016-2017 statistics

16.0 points per game

11.8 rebounds per game

2.5 steals per game

2.1 blocks per game

Season high

32 points vs. SECTA (Nevada) on Dec. 2

Opposing coach scouting report

“Sammi Rogers became a real good post player over the past couple of years. She developed a nice turnaround jumper that was impossible to stop. I was impressed with her hustle both up and down the floor and on the offensive and defensive glass. She was definitely an impact player for the Wildcats this season. More than anything, Sammi is a nice young lady. She played the game aggressively, but she was always a good sport when she played against us, and she never lost her positive demeanor. Her leadership played a big role in her team's success this year.”


Sidney McDonald, Kanab

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

10.4 points per game

3.5 rebounds per game

4.4 assists per game

1.8 steals per game

Season high

18 points in 4 different games, including Feb. 24 vs. North Sevier

Opposing coach scouting report

“Lightning in a bottle... What she lacks in size she makes up for in hustle, speed, and quickness. She is a great shooter with deep range. You cannot give her the open three and if you give her the left-handed drive she will get to the basket every time. Plays with passion and fire.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A Honorable Mention


2A Second Team

Kinlee Toomer, Emery

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

10.1 points per game

3.3 assists per game

Season high

19 points in 2 different games, including Feb. 2 at North Sevier

Opposing coach scouting report

“I first saw the Toomer twins when they were in sixth grade playing on the eighth grade traveling team. They were good then and they are even better now--as sophomores leading their team to the region 15 championship and 2A title game. Kinlee has become the point guard of a very balanced team. She has a great crossover and is very good at getting to the basket or dishing inside. She is a solid three-point threat. Defensively, she's very good at getting in the passing lanes and her length gives most guard problems. With two more seasons to go, her stats will only improve and there's a good chance she'll lead Emery to a title.”


Sydnee Gillins, Beaver

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

10.5 points per game

3.0 rebounds per game

2.0 steals per game

Season high

18 points vs. Dixie on Nov. 22

Opposing coach scouting report

“Sydnee Gillins is the type of player a coach wants to have as a part of their team. She can change a game with her ability to shoot the ball from almost every position on the court. She can play in the post and can play on the perimeter; she can be an opposing coaches nightmare because of this. The thing that makes her the hardest to prepare for is her ability to pass the ball, while in the post, and to be unselfish. Being only a sophomore means she is only going to get better and judging by her character, she is going to get much better.”


Manu Oliveira, Wasatch Academy

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

22.9 points per game

Season high

36 points at Grantsville on Dec. 9

Opposing coach scouting report

“Trying to come up with a way to stop her is like saying to yourself< How can I stop an avalanche? You can't stop her, all you can do is try to make her work as hard as possible for the points you know she is going to get and then try to take away everyone else from around her. She is truly a remarkable player. She has the size of many of the post players we run into, but she has the athleticism of some of the quickest guards, and she handles the ball just as well if not better than almost anyone we faced all year. She can hit shots out to the NBA 3-pointline, but is also an aggressive rebounder and effective in the post. I think the part of her game that really sets her apart is her fadeaway jumper which is almost automatic out to 15 feet, and with her size, athleticism, and ability to get into the paint, is virtually impossible to guard.”


Lainee Jensen, Emery

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

9.5 points per game

3.2 rebounds per game

2.2 assists per game

Season high

21 points at South Summit on Nov. 22

Opposing coach scouting report

“Lainee has the uncanny ability to stretch a defense with her shooting. It doesn’t matter how hard you guard her she finds a way to get open and knock down threes.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A Honorable Mention


Meisha Johnson, North Sevier

Sr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

8.0 points per game

2.3 rebounds per game

1.5 assists per game

Season high

24 points vs. South Sevier on Jan. 5

Opposing coach scouting report

“She is a very good catch-and-shoot shooter, she helps her team spread the floor when she hits her 3-point shots. She is very team oriented, willing to do what it takes to help the team win. Also a very long athletic defender, very good passer and finds open teammates.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A Second Team


Sariah Swallow, Millard

Sr., Center

2016-2017 statistics

10.6 points per game

5.7 rebounds per game

1.1 assists per game

2.6 blocks per game

Season high

17 points in 3 different games, including Jan. 12 at Beaver

Opposing coach scouting report

“When you think about a dominant post that can alter almost any player's shot in the middle or post I think of Sariah Swallow. When she is in the game, as a coach you do not want to call plays that take your players into the middle because she is in there. Offensively Sariah has a wide array of post moves that allow her to get open, and she has a unique ability to play with her back to the basket. If you allow her to square up to the basket she is going to score.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A Honorable Mention


2A Third Team

Elise Richins, North Summit

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

9.8 points per game

2.7 rebounds per game

3.3 assists per game

1.3 steals per game

Season high

19 points at Carbon on Dec. 20

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A Honorable Mention


Kennady McQueen, North Summit

Fr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

9.8 points per game

2.0 rebounds per game

1.8 assists per game

1.9 steals per game

Season high

18 points vs. ALA on Jan. 26


Abbey Yardley, Beaver

Sr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

7.0 points per game

8.0 rebounds per game

Season high

15 points vs. Enterprise on Feb. 2





Danyale Thomas, Layton Christian

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

12.2 points per game

Season high

20 points vs. Gunnison on Feb. 17










Kacelyn Toomer, Emery

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

8.0 points per game

3.7 rebounds per game

1.8 assists per game

Season high

15 points vs. Gunnison on Jan. 31

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A Honorable Mention


Vanessa Medina, Wasatch Academy

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

15.4 points per game

Season high

32 points vs. American Prep on Jan. 26

Past all-state honors

2016 — 2A Honorable Mention



Honorable Mention

Sherri Platt, Enterprise, Sr., Forward

Chelsey Drury, Summit Academy, Sr., Forward

Kaytlyn Miller, Enterprise, Jr., Guard

Lacy Glover, Kanab, Sr., Guard

Veda Gritts, Grand, So., Center

Isabel Page, Providence Hall, Jr., Guard

JaCoy Christensen, Beaver, Sr., Guard

KC Houston, Kanab, Sr., Guard

Gracie Sorenson, Maeser Prep, Jr., Guard

Halle Drake, Enterprise, Sr., Forward

Lacy Drake, Enterprise, Sr., Guard

Grace Olson, South Summit, So., Guard


Complete team

2A MVP

Peyton Torgerson, North Sevier, Sr., Guard — 15.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.3 spg

2A First Team

Megan Jensen, Emery, So., Center — 14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Hailey Higgs, North Sevier, Sr., Forward — 10.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 apg

Hunter Vernon, North Summit, Jr., Forward — 10.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 4.0 spg

Ashlin Blonquist, North Summit, Sr., Forward — 8.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.8 spg

Sammi Rogers, South Summit, Sr., Center — 16.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.5 spg, 2.1 bpg

Sidney McDonald, Kanab, So., Guard — 10.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.8 spg

2A Second Team

Kinlee Toomer, Emery, So., Guard — 10.1 ppg, 3.3 apg

Sydnee Gillins, Beaver, So., Guard — 10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 spg

Manu Oliveira, Wasatch Academy, Jr., Guard — 22.9 ppg

Lainee Jensen, Emery, Jr., Guard — 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg

Meisha Johnson, North Sevier, Sr., Forward — 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 apg

Sariah Swallow, Millard, Sr., Center — 10.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 2.6 bpg

2A Third Team

Elise Richins, North Summit, Sr., Guard — 9.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg

Kennady McQueen, North Summit, Fr., Guard — 9.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 spg

Abbey Yardley, Beaver, Sr., Forward — 7.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg

Danyale Thomas, Layton Christian, So., Guard — 12.2 ppg

Kacelyn Toomer, Emery, So., Guard — 8.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg

Vanessa Medina, Wasatch Academy, Jr., Guard — 15.4 ppg, 2.5 3s per game

2A Honorable Mention

Sherri Platt, Enterprise, Sr., Forward

Chelsey Drury, Summit Academy, Sr., Forward

Kaytlyn Miller, Enterprise, Jr., Guard

Lacy Glover, Kanab, Sr., Guard

Veda Gritts, Grand, So., Center

Isabel Page, Providence Hall, Jr., Guard

JaCoy Christensen, Beaver, Sr., Guard

KC Houston, Kanab, Sr., Guard

Gracie Sorenson, Maeser Prep, Jr., Guard

Halle Drake, Enterprise, Sr., Forward

Lacy Drake, Enterprise, Sr., Guard

Grace Olson, South Summit, So., Guard