2003-2004 Small Ball Girls Preview!

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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
be
in the 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 level.
 
They play great competition all year and are always well-coached.  The
only
weakness may be that they have underachieved at the state level and have
not
experienced AWA-type success.

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
season. 
Again, the North has not had that much state success lately and the Linx

share a coach with the boys team.

3 - Green Fields - Led by Jessi Barnes, a three-point record holder, the

Griffins are the stars of the South.  Always big,  GF is very
experienced
and has had an impressive summer.  Depth is an issue, but that isn't
always
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
done. 
Always a tough non-region schedule in the Southeast never hurts.

5 - Duncan - Coming from the 2A in a rebuilding year, the Wlidkats will
be a
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
9 - Joseph City
10 - Salome / Ajo


2A TOP TEN

1 - Valley Christian - Jennifer Ekstrand and Whitney Hanenburg are
superb. 
VC 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.

2 - Thatcher - Three-time defending champs still have a talented line-up
but
are beginning to show some weaknesses.  Always huge, the Eagles are used
to
winning and will not go down easily.  Jasmine Smith is a star.

3 - Scottsdale Christian - I'll take a high-scoring star guard over any
position any time.  Wendy Woudenberg is as good as anyone and SC returns

enough from last year's great season to make a run at it all.  Playing
in
the Metro is a big plus.  Losing their coach may hurt.

4 - Phoenix Christian - On the rise big time with a super summer and a
ton
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

player.

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
it
up.  The Copper will be slightly down but that's still darn good.  A
team
that is never fun to play.

7 - NWCC
8 - ALA
9 - Tombstone - the South is down
10 - Desert Christian

*  watch out for a surprise team to crack the state level that hasn't
for
some time.  Superior for example.  Another North team always seems to do

well also.

3A TOP TEN

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
Self
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
every
season.  The 3A North has tightened up a bit, but Winslow is still
feared.

5 - Tuba City - It's all about the North.  These teams could really
finish
in any order and tend to  beat up on each other all season long.

6 - Ganado
7 - Snowflake
8 - Payson
9 - the rest of the North (Grey Hills, Hopi, Holbrook, could win the
West)
10 - Queen Creek (sleeper)

The West 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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