High school girls basketball: State's best teams ready to hit the hardwood

Published: Monday, Dec. 2 2013 9:58 p.m. MST

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With 14 different teams receiving votes, 4A is the most diverse entering the season. Leading the way, however, is defending champion Springville.

While the Red Devils, who lost their season opener to Riverton by 20 points, could experience a drop-off this season, they still have experience on their side. In addition to three returning contributors — including guards Savannah Park and Kate Hullinger and 6-foot-3 center Brooke Wheeler — Springville has played in the last five championship games, winning three of them.

“We are excited about the upcoming season,” said head coach Camie Oakey. “Our girls have worked extremely hard during the offseason, and we are anxious to see where we stand.”

Second in the early rankings is Bonneville, which reached the semifinals last season with a 23-1 overall record. The Lakers return three seniors in guard Cortney Porter and forwards Abby Toller and Kayla Eilertson, as well as guard Shayla Simpson, who transferred from Layton Christian Academy.

“We have a lot of experience back from last year,” said head coach Mike Russell. “We have very high expectations for this group.”

Timpview, Sky View and Timpanogos round out the top five. The Thunderbirds return guards Lauryn Dela Cruz, a senior, and Lyndie Haddock and Lacy Haddock, both juniors, from last season’s finals team. Head coach Casey Sundquist is excited about the outlook of the new season.

“Our guard line is quick and is going to be tough to stop,” she said. “Our post play is strong. We are going to push the ball and put lots of pressure on teams. I think it is going to be a fun year for us.”
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Provo, UT

Go Red Devils!! Four out of Six sounds good doesn't it!

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