East High School was good before those girls came on board. A program that was
unheard of last year, before those girls came on board went to play offs. They
took out the one team that was predicted to take state than lost to their
neighboring school in quarter play offs. That should've been an indication
to all high schools that they were going for it-Open enrollment is an option
these days so playing for your boundary school is not mandatory. Not sure if
you knew that...
This championship is indicative of how bad the recruiting is right now. Play
where you live, let's adopt the rule and enforce it.
Give credit where it’s deserved-Sounds like sour people who lost.
Lavender Briggs is a great player but congratulations to Margarita Satini. She
worked her tail off helping build the East High School program leading the team
to Championships. When she started at East, there was no basketball program.
She’s a leader and defended Mercedes very well. Not only is she talented
at the game she competed-it wasn’t just handed to her. They have had
their fair battles against the refs, media, and poor sportsmanship. If the
girls from Alta and Bingham didn’t go to East, of course it would’ve
been a different season. Just to shows that it’s also in the coaching!
Alta nor Bingham didn’t care for these players but it took someone who saw
their talent to coach them. The Lady Leopards worked together as a team and
that’s what won them the title. Congratulations East High School and MVP
The best player in 5A and this tournament, even though she played just one game,
was Lavender Briggs of Provo. She scored 28 points in a loss to Viewmont and
completely outplayed Mercedes Staples who made the All-Tournament team. Maybe
an oversight for this all-tournament team but hopefully the Deseret News will
get it right in regards to the 5A MVP and perhaps the Ms. Basketball Award,
which would be easily be between Briggs and Lauren Gustin of Salem Hills.
Congrats to the Leopards and Coach Solovi. Many lessons learned from watching
the football team. One can only wonder how Alta and Bingham would have fared if
their players had decided to stay rather than join East.