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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Skyline's Madison Grange drives the ball against Judge during the 4A state championship in Salt Lake City 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 21 of 29 4A coaches submitted votes.

Here's a look at the Deseret News 5A all-state girls basketball team as voted on by the coaches.


4A MVP

Madison Grange, Skyline

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

16.4 points per game

5.1 rebounds per game

2.4 assists per game

2.5 steals per game

Season high

29 points at Cyprus on Jan. 13

Opposing coach scouting report

"Madison’s repertoire of skill exploded this year, from what we saw of her last season. For us, Madison was difficult to game-plan against and defend, as she was now attacking and finishing from any spot on the floor.

She was fluid in Skyline’s transition game. But in their set offense, she could break down and blow by defenders to clean finishes, or set them up in that manner, for a quick step-back jumper, many times from the 3 pt. arc.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A Second Team


4A First Team

Mariah Martin, Alta

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

16.8 points per game

4.8 rebounds per game

6.8 assists per game

4.6 steals per game

Season high

28 points at Mountain View on Feb. 10

Opposing coach scouting report

“Mariah has a great ability to control the pace of the game. She was the motor that made Alta go. You can try to slow her down on the break, but she just keeps coming at you and eventually it wears on you and she breaks the game open. She's obviously a good scorer but even when she isn't scoring she's getting everyone else involved and making her teammates better. It's a scouting nightmare when you're facing such a savvy and experienced point guard like Mariah.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A First Team

2015 — 5A First Team

2014 — 5A First Team


Vanessa Austin, Judge

Sr., Center

2016-2017 statistics

14.4 points per game

7.2 rebounds per game

Season high

23 points vs. East on Feb. 23

Opposing coach scouting report

“Vanessa was a difficult matchup to try and defend. With her size, strength, and ability to finish it was difficult to know how to stop her from scoring. Even if you try to front her and bring help side, she was still aggressive enough to turn and finish. If you played behind it was too easy for her to score and if you doubled her, she would find her open teammates. Vanessa was a tremendous rebounder and rarely didn't grab a rebound off a shot she missed. Her enthusiasm and energy helped lead her team. Vanessa was definitely a force to be reckoned with and I have no doubt she will continue to improve and be successful at the next level.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A First Team

2015 — 4A Third Team


Savannah Sumsion, Springville

Sr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

14.0 points per game

9.0 rebounds per game

2.0 assists per game

2.0 steals per game

Season high

33 points vs. Salem Hills on Jan. 17

Opposing coach scouting report

“Savanna is a great all-around player. She has the ability to post up strong and rebound in the paint, but has also worked hard to develop a perimeter aspect of her game, which makes her a very complete player. She's strong, skilled, and athletic, and very difficult for other teams to match up with and guard. She can beat you in a lot of ways.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A Second Team

2015 — 4A Third Team


Lavender Briggs, Mountain View

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

16.4 points per game

7.1 rebounds per game

2.6 assists per game

2.4 steals per game

Season high

32 points vs. Olympus on Dec. 2

Opposing coach scouting report

“Lavender Briggs is a pure athlete with true potential as a basketball player! Her athleticism is evident and on display in the way she plays and how she helps her team achieve their collective goals on a nightly basis.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A Honorable Mention


Keslee Stevenson, Box Elder

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

15.5 points per game

2.3 rebounds per game

2.7 assists per game

Season high

27 points vs. Corner Canyon on Feb. 21

Opposing coach scouting report

“Keslee was not only one of the best players in our region but also one of the best I’ve seen play. We would game plan just for her and she would still get her points. Her scoring is what most people will remember most but her leadership and ability to move without the ball is what I will remember the most. Keslee is humble and always played with confidence. We wish the best of luck to her and glad we won’t have to prepare for her next year.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A Third Team


Kemery Martin, Alta

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

15.3 points per game

5.9 rebounds per game

2.6 assists per game

3.3 steals per game

Season high

24 points vs. Mountain View on Jan. 17

Opposing coach scouting report

“Kemery Martin, has one of the quickest releases I have ever seen and in my opinion not only is she one of the purest shooters in the state of Utah but she might be one of the most complete players. She is the total package and only a sophomore.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A Second Team


4A Second Team

Tahlia White, Mountain View

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

15.0 points per game

7.4 rebounds per game

3.6 assists per game

3.0 steals per game

Season high

28 points vs. Timpanogos on Jan. 24

Opposing coach scouting report

“Tahlia White, is such an elite athlete, she has the ability to score the basketball especially from the 3-point line. She was very difficult to prepare for because if we too away her 3-point shot she drove to the basket for a score or facilitate others to score. We felt that keeping her under control was the key to give us any chance to win. She was tuff on the board and very good defender on our best player. Tahlia showed great leadership and poise every time will play against her. She is a very intelligent player with the way she approaches the game. I believe she is one of the top players in the state right now and she will only get better because she was only a sophomore this past year.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A First Team


Jaimee Stahle, Bountiful

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

16.4 points per game

1.8 rebounds per game

1.3 assists per game

Season high

29 points vs. Woods Cross on Feb. 7

Opposing coach scouting report

“What makes Jaimee good is her ability shoot the ball. What makes her great is her ability to make shots even though everyone knows what is coming. She has such great court awareness and knows exactly where to be and how to create just enough space to open up a shot. She hits the big ones too, and it is so annoying as an opposing coach to watch that ball go in versus pretty good defense.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A First Team

2015 — 4A Honorable Mention


Karen Christensen, Timpanogos

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

18.4 points per game

6.8 rebounds per game

4.1 assists per game

3.2 steals per game

Season high

38 points vs. Alta on Jan. 20

Opposing coach scouting report

“Karen reminds me so much of her sister Jamaica as a player. She might have the quickest first step in the entire state. She's a pure guard. She attacks and finishes so well, but can also hit any shot anywhere on the floor. She has a quick pull up and quick release. Her height and length makes her hard to defend inside. She can take over a game on her own and leads by example on the floor.”


Jaeden Vaifanua, Corner Canyon

So., Forward/Center

2016-2017 statistics

15.7 points per game

Season high

27 points vs. Box Elder on Feb. 21

Opposing coach scouting report

“Jaeden is a very talented basketball player. She's an offensive force. You have to be ready to play her with an entire team defense. If you try to guard her one-on-one, she will pick you apart. The unique thing about her is that she can hit the jumper, put the ball on the floor and drive, or she can post up with her back to the basket. She's also a very good defender and rebounder. The scary thing is, she's only going to get better.”


Ella Pope, Timpview

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

12.9 points per game

Season high

22 points vs. Springville on Feb. 23 (4A quarterfinals)

Opposing coach scouting report

“When scouting for Ella Pope the first thing that comes to mind is how do you defend her versatility. She is long, athletic, can play the post and work on the outside. She can defend a guard as well as defend a post. She definitely can put up great numbers night after night and not just in the point column. For her size she can handle the ball well and crashes the boards hard. She impacts both sides of the floor and is a player who leads by example. She also does the little things that don't show up in the stat book for her team to make them successful. She has the intangibles that you can't teach. She was and will continue to be is a handful to deal with as an opposing team. She has a bright future with only being a sophomore.”


Nicole Heyn, Maple Mountain

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

12.0 points per game

5.0 rebounds per game

3.0 assists per game

Season high

21 points at Wasatch on Jan. 17

Opposing coach scouting report

“Nicole is an extremely tough competitor. She is a smart player who brings out the best in her teammates. She is the best defensive player in our league as well. I have been most impressed with Nicole's work ethic and the improvements she has made during the past two seasons. Her game has expanded to an impressive level and she is able to score and create shots for herself. As a perimeter player, she has the capability to score from 3-point range but is also able to create off the dribble and in the paint. She is a great player and represents Maple Mountain well.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A Honorable Mention


4A Third Team

Emily Isaacson, Box Elder

So., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

14.5 points per game

7.0 rebounds per game

1.8 assists per game

1.7 steals per game

Season high

24 points at Woods Cross on Jan. 31

Opposing coach scouting report

“Emily is a very persistent player. You always need to know where she is because of how she crashes for offensive rebounds. You have to be where you can have a body on her to slow her down. She brings a lot of energy to the floor with her hustle and effort. She is a very good player.”


Sadie Hodgson, Salem Hills

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

14.5 points per game

5.1 rebounds per game

3.3 steals per game

Season high

23 points vs. Spanish Fork on Jan. 31

Opposing coach scouting report

“Sadie is an excellent perimeter player, who has both the ability to shoot the outside shot, but also can drive hard to the basket. This forces defenders to guard all aspects of her game. When defending Sadie, you can't just play the shot, or play off on the drive - you have to honor both. Sadie can also beat you in a lot of ways, making her very difficult for other players to guard.”


Miyalla Tarver, Judge

Jr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

13.6 points per game

6.0 rebounds per game

Season high

20 points at Murray on Feb. 14

Opposing coach scouting report

“Miyalla is a very athletic guard. Even though she is considered an 'opponent' it has been fun to watch her develop and grow into a successful athlete at Judge in these last couple of years. Miyalla can score however she wants. She can knock it down from the 3-point line with a high hand in her face, use her first quick step to get past a defender or post up like she was a post in another life. Miyalla is also very disciplined in her shot selection, will look for her teammates, and has long arms which make her a tough defender.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A Honorable Mention


Liana Kaitu’u, East

Jr., Forward

2016-2017 statistics

14.4 points per game

5.8 rebounds per game

3.3 steals per game

Season high

32 points at Park City on Jan. 3

Opposing coach scouting report

“Liana worked hard this past summer, it is evident in every aspect of her game. She defends better than average. Can score on fast breaks, hitting a pull-up, coming off a screen, or driving the ball. It is hard to take her out of the scoring picture. The most fun thing to watch about her is her passion for the game. She plays with a lot of energy that is totally focused on beating you. When you combine her skill with her drive she is a tough force to reckon with.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A Honorable Mention

2015 — 4A Honorable Mention


Cheyanne Brown, Springville

Sr., Guard/Forward

2016-2017 statistics

10.0 points per game

5.0 rebounds per game

2.0 steals per game

Season high

22 points vs. Maple Mountain on Feb. 14

Opposing coach scouting report

“Cheyanne Brown was one of the fiercest players I have ever coached against. She brought a passion and fire to every game that was not only fun to watch, but fun to coach against. Her shot was one of the prettiest, and her defensive plays were deadly. She will be missed.”


Hannah Anderl, Skyline

Sr., Guard

2016-2017 statistics

10.9 points per game

5.4 rebounds per game

3.2 assists per game

2.7 steals per game

Season high

22 points vs. Alta on Feb. 23 (4A quarterfinals)

Opposing coach scouting report

“In Hannah’s senior year, I had noticed her becoming a more complete player. Aside from her ability to score inside and out, what made her more dangerously versatile, was her height and length towards running Skyline’s offense for pinpoint deliveries. Those attributes, along with great court awareness, were key to Skyline’s season and tournament success.”

Past all-state honors

2016 — 4A Honorable Mention


4A Honorable Mention

Samantha Sheets, Olympus, Sr., Guard

Cameron Mooney, Skyline, Jr., Center

Cambrie Hazel, Spanish Fork, Sr., Guard/Forward

Cara Snowder, Hillcrest, Jr., Forward

Kacey Blackner, Alta, Sr., Forward

Mayree Ellis, Judge, Sr., Forward

Barrett Jessop, Skyline, Jr., Guard

Annabella Jensen, Hillcrest, Jr., Forward

Lani Taliauli, East, Jr., Forward

Kealani Neves, Timpview, So., Guard

Tierra Afatasi, Kearns, Sr., Forward

Mary Larson, Bountiful, Sr., Forward


Complete team

4A MVP

Madison Grange, Skyline, Jr., Guard — 16.4 ppg, 2.4 apg, 2.5 spg, 5.1 rpg

4A First Team

Mariah Martin, Alta, Sr., Guard — 16.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.8 apg, 4.6 spg

Vanessa Austin, Judge, Sr., Center — 14.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 31 blocks

Savannah Sumsion, Springville, Sr., Forward — 14.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg

Lavender Briggs, Mountain View, So., Guard — 16.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.4 spg

Keslee Stevenson, Box Elder, Sr., Guard — 15.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 spg, 55 3s

Kemery Martin, Alta, So., Guard — 15.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 3.3 spg

4A Second Team

Tahlia White, Mountain View, Jr., Guard — 15.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 3.0 spg

Jaimee Stahle, Bountiful, Jr., Guard — 16.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.3 apg,

Karen Christensen, Timpanogos, Sr., Guard — 18.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 3.2 spg

Jaeden Vaifanua, Corner Canyon, So., Forward/Center — 15.7 ppg

Ella Pope, Timpview, So., Guard — 12.9 ppg

Nicole Heyn, Maple Mountain, Sr., Guard — 12.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg

4A Third Team

Emily Isaacson, Box Elder, So., Guard — 14.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.8 apg

Sadie Hodgson, Salem Hills, Sr., Guard — 14.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.3 spg

Miyalla Tarver, Judge, Jr., Guard — 13.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 38 3s

Liana Kaituu, East, Jr., Forward — 14.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.3 spg

Cheyanne Brown, Springville, Sr., Guard/Forward — 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2 spg

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Hannah Anderl, Skyline, Sr., Guard — 10.9 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.7 spg, 5.4 rpg

4A Honorable Mention

Samantha Sheets, Olympus, Sr., Guard

Cameron Mooney, Skyline, Jr., Center

Cambrie Hazel, Spanish Fork, Sr., Guard/Forward

Cara Snowder, Hillcrest, Jr., Forward

Kacey Blackner, Alta, Sr., Forward

Mayree Ellis, Judge, Sr., Forward

Barrett Jessop, Skyline, Jr., Guard

Annabella Jensen, Hillcrest, Jr., Forward

Lani Taliauli, East, Jr., Forward

Kealani Neves, Timpview, So., Guard

Tierra Afatasi, Kearns, Sr., Forward

Mary Larson, Bountiful, Sr., Forward