SMALL BALL GIRLS PREVIEW
An exciting year awaits. One person's
opinion on the top teams, top
players, and possible outcomes of the
2003-2004 season. First, the 1A.
1A TOP TEN
1 - St Michael -
Not even close. The Cardinals return a team that would
2A top five and the 3A top ten. Their trio of Carly Nez, Terri
Aguirre, and Andrea Ashkie is one of the best in the state at any
They play great competition all year and are always
weakness may be that they have
underachieved at the state level and have
2 - Fredonia - Tasha Hardy and Siera Bundy are a terrific
duo. The Linx
just missed the final four last year and should make
the leap this
Again, the North has not had that much state
success lately and the Linx
share a coach with the boys team.
Green Fields - Led by Jessi Barnes, a three-point record holder, the
Griffins are the stars of the South. Always big, GF is very
and has had an impressive summer. Depth is an issue,
but that isn't
a major 1A problem.
4 - Pima - Two-time
defending state champs, the Roughriders have some
rebuilding to do, but you
can't discount the experience of getting it
Always a tough
non-region schedule in the Southeast never hurts.
5 - Duncan - Coming
from the 2A in a rebuilding year, the Wlidkats will
force and will
increase the competitiveness of the 1A. Erin Lunt is a
player and her
pop is a great coach.
6 - Ft. Thomas
7 - St. David
8 - Cibecue
- Joseph City
10 - Salome / Ajo
2A TOP TEN
1 - Valley
Christian - Jennifer Ekstrand and Whitney Hanenburg are
has as much depth as anyone in the 2A and are a proven, well-coached
winner. This will be there year to knock of the Eagles.
Thatcher - Three-time defending champs still have a talented line-up
are beginning to show some weaknesses. Always huge, the Eagles are
winning and will not go down easily. Jasmine Smith is a
3 - Scottsdale Christian - I'll take a high-scoring star guard over
position any time. Wendy Woudenberg is as good as anyone and SC
enough from last year's great season to make a run at it
the Metro is a big plus. Losing their coach
4 - Phoenix Christian - On the rise big time with a super
summer and a
of returners with experience. Probably a tie with
SC at this point, but
SC's recent experience gives them the edge.
Tara Vandermate is an all-state
5 - St Johns - They
always seem to have a Trickey that can play and
Pulsipher is as good as they
come. Always a playoff contender.
6 - San Carlos - Antonio decided
to stick around and the Braves can hoop
up. The Copper will be
slightly down but that's still darn good. A
that is never fun
7 - NWCC
8 - ALA
9 - Tombstone - the South is down
* watch out for a surprise team to crack the state
level that hasn't
some time. Superior for example.
Another North team always seems to do
1 - Round Valley - Their best player (LeSueur) is back and Mathews is
focused. RV could run away with it bust must resist the urge to be
satisfied. The 3A is just too tough.
2 - Seton - Baby Wirth is the
real deal and ready to bust out. Karen
has won at every level
and if any team can knock off RV, this is it.
3 - Monument Valley - The
3A North is the biggest dog fight in all of AZ
girl's hoops. MV is
well-coached and very experienced.
4 - Winslow - Petro is a legend and
Winslow is a potential state champ
season. The 3A North has
tightened up a bit, but Winslow is still
5 - Tuba City - It's
all about the North. These teams could really
in any order
and tend to beat up on each other all season long.
6 - Ganado
8 - Payson
9 - the rest of the North (Grey Hills, Hopi,
Holbrook, could win the
10 - Queen Creek (sleeper)
never does much at the state level and the South is WAY down -
Queen Creek should be the #2.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
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