Around the league
The Bullpups return four starters. They are senior Hannah Caudill and juniors Laura Stockton, Otiona Gildon and Oona Harrington. G-Prep coach Mike Arte knows his team is wearing a target. “We’re not a runaway favorite by any means,” Arte said. “The girls know everyone will be after them.”
The defending state champs return three starters – seniors Delany Junkermier and Ashlyn Lewey and junior Sue Winger. Junkermier has signed with Montana State and Lewey is headed to Seattle University. Mead got a key transfer in 6-foot-2 post Coreen Labish from Cheney. Sophomore Payton Douglass has won the starting job at point guard, replacing four-year starter Jade Redmon, who is now at EWU. “We have the potential to be as good as last year,” Mead coach Quantae Anderson said. “Last year’s team was so special. If we can get the camaraderie we had last year the sky’s the limit for this team.”
Lewis and Clark
The Tigers return four starters. They are seniors Emma Keenan and Lindsay Lee, junior Michaela Kay and sophomore Riley Lupfer. Five other players, four of whom are sophomores, are battling for the other starting spot and a place in coach Jim Redmon’s rotation. “Even though we are young, these kids have played a lot of games together,” Redmon said. He believes the talent league-wide compares to the span of talent from 2006 to 2008. “There are a lot of talented, committed kids in the league,” Redmon said.
The Bears return three starters in senior Mariah Cunningham, who has signed with EWU, and juniors Madison Hovren and Megan Dimmler. Two other starters are out for the season because of injuries – Victoria Lee-Nauta (concussions) and Molly Barnhart (re-tore ACL). Hovren led the GSL in scoring last year (19.4 points). “Our biggest team weakness will be that we lack the confidence that some of the top teams seem to possess,” CV coach Freddie Rehkow said. “We are working really hard on this area and if we can gain some confidence early and begin to execute consistently we can battle for a regional berth and maybe even a state berth.”
The Titans have four returning starters after graduating league MVP Kayleigh Valley, who is at Montana. Senior Cassie Shillam is back after suffering a season-ending knee injury, and seniors McKenzie Peterson and Kylie Collins also return along with junior Ashley Woods. Returning starter Brooke Bailey, a sophomore, suffered a shoulder injury during the summer and had surgery. U-Hi coach Mark Stinson is hopeful Bailey will return in late January. “I like our maturity and the fact that we’ve all been there before,” Stinson said. “They know what it takes to have a successful season.”
The Saxons bring back three starters. They are seniors Brittany Johnson, Michelle Strauss and Kaley Lenhart. Senior Jill Louthian averaged 10 points coming off the bench last year. “We will be small again but fast and experienced,” Ferris coach Rob Coulter said. “How well we team rebound and shoot will determine a lot for us. It’s probably the most talented and deepest team I remember having.” The Saxons won’t be shy about shooting 3-pointers. They could attempt 30 or more a game.
Two full-time starters return for the Highlanders in seniors Amanda Konynenbelt and Winter Hayes. Seniors Rashae Williams and Sam Foote shared a starting job last year. Senior 6-1 post Kendra Winchester transferred to Chiawana in Pasco.
The Wildcats return two starters – seniors Ashlee Pedersen and Dallas Flager. “This group has great chemistry and athleticism,” Mt. Spokane coach Melissa Allen said. “If we can consistently play tough team defense we can compete well.”
The Indians bring back three starters – seniors Brianna King and Lauren Hare and sophomore Megan Dean – and another who started half the season, senior Emily Stewart. “I like having six seniors,” NC coach Gabe Medrano said. “It’s nice to have that experience.” NC’s tallest player is 5-9. “We’re going to have to team rebound well,” Medrano said.
The Pirates bring back all five starters. They are seniors Winifred Tupailesa and Mashayla Combs and juniors Talia Felice, Lorretta Guertin and Sarah Guertin. “We should be able to compete in all of our games and hopefully give some teams some fits,” Rogers coach Tyrone Hoard said. “The girls can move up and down the floor very quickly. We should disrupt a lot of presses with quickness.”
|Predicted finish||4. Central Valley||8. Mt. Spokane|
|1. Gonzaga Prep||5. University||9. North Central|
|2. Mead||6. Ferris||10. Rogers|
|3. Lewis and Clark||7. Shadle Park|