RILEY COURT, Pleasant Grove, boys basketball: After his breakout junior season last year, this senior guard has picked up right where he left off.
Pleasant Grove's lone returning starter from last year's 5A runner-up team, Riley Court has shouldered much of the load this season, averaging 23.3 ppg for the undefeated Vikings.
Last Friday he scored 25 points in a 60-46 win over Torrance, Calif., in the first round of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Desert.
A night later he followed it up with 23 points against Cathedral Catholic, Calif. in a 72-53 victory.
Court is also averaging 8.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.3 steals.
KENNEDY REDDING, Bountiful, girls basketball: Her obvious advantage on the basketball court is her 6-foot-4 frame. But it's her attitude that has really made her invaluable in Bountiful's 7-0 start.
"I love that she can run," said Braves head coach Joel Burton. "She has great hands. And she's just going to give you everything she can."
Burton said he learned a lot about the kind of player his starting center is during the Layton game.
"They held her down in scoring," Burton said. "I asked her about it afterward, she and said, 'The important thing is that we won.' She had a huge influence on that game anyway with her rebounding and defense. I love that she's 'anything for the team.'"
Redding is also an all-state volleyball player and she's averaging 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Braves in their impressive start. She's also a 4.0 student with a relentless work ethic.
"She's a lot of fun to be around," the coach said. "She's a little prankster; you never know what she's up to. She's the life of our team."