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Basketball: SPSL South boys, girls preview capsules

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Nov. 30, 2010 at 8:54 pm with No Comments »
November 30, 2010 8:54 pm

Over the next few days, we’ll be rolling out our high school basketball previews of all the leagues in our coverage area.

Here is the SPSL South:

SPSL SOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

CRYSTAL BALL
1. Curtis (19-5)
2. Federal Way (26-3)
3. Puyallup (18-7)
4. Rogers (8-13)
5. Bethel (9-14)
6. Beamer (17-8)
7. Spanaway Lake (2-18)
8. Emerald Ridge (4-16)
9. Graham-Kapowsin (5-15)
*2009-10 records

STARTING FIVE

Player Pos. Height Grade School
Davonte Lacy G 6-3 Sr. Curtis
WSU-signee blossomed into a star last year, scoring 19.7 points per game
Napa Mefi G 5-11 Sr. Federal Way
Beamer’s all-time leading scorer now playing for the Eagles
Jay Balmer G 6-2 Sr. Puyallup
Long-range shooter buried 88 3-pointers last year, 71 as a sophomore
Derek Jobe G 6-3 Sr. Rogers
Fantastic shooter is capable of carrying his team at stretches
Darius Johnson-Wilson F 6-5 Jr. Curtis
Vikings’ inside force averaged 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds per game

FASTBREAK
Curtis is loaded for a run at the Class 4A state championship. The Vikings have four starters back, including Washington State-bound G Davonte Lacy, who averaged 19.7 points, 7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game and was a second-team All-Area selection last year. F Darius Johnson-Wilson, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound junior, and F Jaurence Chisolm, a 6-7 sophomore, give Curtis a big inside presence. W James Cooks and F Cameron Howell also have good size and ability. … Federal Way will make its SPSL South debut with two talented transfers in G Napa Mefi, Beamer’s all-time scoring leader with 918 points, and G Deshea Bell, who scored 20.9 points per game last season for Kennedy. The Eagles lost all five starters from last season, four to graduation and another transferred. … Puyallup averaged almost 10 3-pointers a game, leading the state with 244. Leading the way was G Jay Balmer, who made 88 last year and 71 as a sophomore. At 6-foot-2, Balmer is the tallest player in the Vikings’ rotation, so expect Puyallup’s guard-oriented lineup of Dom Holub, Erin Barber, Dalton Daniels and Stefon Lyons to push the pace. … Like Puyallup, Rogers lacks height. Senior guards Derek Jobe, Andrew Miller and Casey Lockey are returning starters for a Rams team that is heavy with underclassmen. … One of Bethel’s strengths is that many of its players can play a variety of positions. The Braves will rely on G Jacob Joseph (13.8), G Jordan Mayes (9 ppg) and DeAndre Glover (8 ppg, 7 rpg) for the bulk of their scoring. … Emerald Ridge’s 6-foot-6 post Caleb Thaanum gives the Jaguars an inside presence and PG Adam Kirk can create opportunities to get the ball to his teammates.

SPSL SOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW</strong

CRYSTAL BALL
1. Federal Way (22-8)
2. Emerald Ridge (11-13)
3. Bethel (18-8)
4. Rogers (19-10)
5. Spanaway Lake (7-13)
6. Puyallup (18-10)
7. Graham-Kapowsin (10-14)
8. Beamer (2-18)
9. Curtis (4-16)
*2009-10 records

STARTING FIVE
Player Pos. Height Grade School
Talia Walton W 6-1 Sr. Federal Way
University of Washington-commit can play any position on the court
Taylor Buie PG 5-4 Jr. Emerald Ridge
A first-team all-league pick last year, she scored 13.5 points per game
Danielle Tabb F 5-9 Sr. Bethel
Capable of pulling down a double-double in points, rebounds every game
Jordan Asher G 5-6 Jr. Rogers
Second-team all-league pick will have an increased role this year
Brittany Barrington G 5-5 Sr. Federal Way
When healthy, she’s a tenacious defender, top-flight scorer

FASTBREAK
If Federal Way was healthy, the Eagles might be unstoppable. Four starters return from a team that played at a high level last season and reached the state tournament, but injuries have already taken a toll. G Chantel Dixon tore knee ligaments and is out for the season, F TyShana Burgess is battling an ankle injury and G Brittany Barrington, recovering from a torn ACL, is bothered by another knee injury. Federal Way still has W Talia Walton, one of the top players in the state, who can run the court and play any position on the floor. … Emerald Ridge could provide the biggest challenge to the Eagles. PG Taylor Buie (13.5 ppg) leads a talented team that can score inside and outside and come up with big plays. F Charleen Pleasance (7.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.5 bpg), a 6-foot senior, is a force in the paint and G Stephanie Riley can score from the perimeter. …Bethel has two returning starters in F Danielle Tabb and G Kara Starr, but the Braves could be one of the deepest teams in the league. W Karina Farr transferred after starting at Spanaway Lake and Amanda Amundson, a 6-foot-1 post, provides an inside presence. Sophomore Serenity Battle will be Bethel’s starting point guard. … New Spanaway Lake coach Rob Morrison is optimistic the Sentinels can improve upon last year’s record. PG LeAnne Willingham, W Chakeyla Cobb and C Emma Livernash will play big roles for Spanaway Lake. … Graham-Kapowsin will rely on a pair of senior posts (Erika Campbell and Rachel Folden) and three junior guards to get the Eagles back to the state tournament. … Rogers reached the state tournament last season, but lost a big chunk of its production to graduation. G Jordan Asher is back for a team must find new ways to score.

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