The Prep Blog

Covering high school sports in Tacoma, Pierce County and the South Sound

NOTICE: The Prep Blog has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved The Prep Blog.
Visit the new section.

Basketball: SPSL 3A boys, girls preview capsules

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Dec. 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm with No Comments »
December 4, 2011 9:47 pm

Editor’s note: We’re publishing our league-by-league basketball previews this week. We’ll run one or two previews each day this week.

Lakes High's Cedric Dozier did back-flips when the Lancers won the Class 3A boys basketball state title in March. (Staff photo)

SPSL 3A BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES

CRYSTAL BALL
1. Lakes (25-3)
2. Decatur (17-9)
3. Auburn Mountainview (9-13)
4. Enumclaw (7-13)
5. Bonney Lake (7-14)
6. Peninsula (3-18)
*2010-11 records

STARTING FIVE
F Nate Guy 6-6 Sr. Lakes

Has developed into one of the best players in the South Sound, if not state

C Zach Banner 6-9 Sr. Lakes
Biggest big man in the state can gobble up boards, pile up put-backs

W Marion Beauchamp 6-3 Sr. Auburn Mountainview
First-team all-league player averaged 14.3 points. 7 rebounds per game

G Dom Hunter 6-0 Sr. Decatur
Someone must pick up scoring slack for Gators, Hunter is talented enough

G Andrew Holloway 6-2 Sr. Lakes
Point guard is at his best in the biggest games, which Lakes will have many of

FASTBREAK
Defending state champion Lakes intends on keeping the state trophy on campus, and with three starters back, plus the return of capable role players and talented newcomers, the Lancers could do exactly that. Lakes has a tremendous inside game with C Zach Banner and F Nate Guy. Both are among the best players in the state and have improved their game since last season, coach JoJo Rodriguez said. Guy has appealed for a fifth year of eligibility and his hearing is scheduled for this week. G Andrew Holloway is a gamer and plays his best on the biggest stage. … Decatur will try to extend its streak of consecutive seasons in the state tournament to six, but the Gators will have to overcome the graduation of the school’s all-time leading scorer Jerron Smith and Austen Smith, who averaged a double-double. Guards Dom Hunter (14.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg) and Markus Rawls (8.4 ppg, 5.0 apg, 2.8 rpg) are Decatur’s only returning starters, though W Abraham Ferrell-Logan (5.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg) played significant minutes. … Auburn Mountainview could enjoy a breakthrough season. The Lions have four returning starters back, led by first-team all-league wing Marion Beauchamp. Wings J.J. Lacey (9.9 ppg) and Shaddye Melu (5 ppg), guards Keith Green (5 ppg) and Josh Upchurch (4 ppg, 4 apg) and post Drew Sleezer ( 5ppg, 5 rpg) also played extensively last season and are among Auburn Mountainview’s 10 returning letterman. … Enumclaw alumnus Kellen Hall has taken over the Hornets’ program. G/F Anthony Chynoweth has the most experience of the returners, but Enumclaw should benefit from Drake Radenmacher, a 6-foot-7 sophomore. The Hornets are a youthful team. … Bonney Lake is in its second season under coach Rob Smith and the Panthers have a nice player to build around in 6-foot-6 forward Mike Gould. The Panthers will need to find scoring support from newcomers as they lost their two leading scorers to graduation. … Peninsula will break in a new starting five, led by wing b, a 6-2 junior.

SPSL 3A GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES

CRYSTAL BALL
1. Auburn Mountainview (23-9)
2. Lakes (18-7)
3. Enumclaw (12-14)
4. Bonney Lake (8-13)
5. Decatur (8-17)
6. Peninsula (6-14)
*2010-11 records

STARTING FIVE
P Caitlin Carr 6-0 Sr. Auburn Mountainview
Reigning league MVP averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds per game last winter

G/F Tyanna Barton 5-9 Jr. Lakes
Experienced underclassman will help Lakes make a deep playoff run

P Hattie Kosko 6-0 Sr. Auburn Mountainview
Close to a double-double every game and adds to Lions’ inside presence

F Naomi Pounds 5-9 Sr. Bonney Lake
Panthers’ lone returning starter averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds per game

G/F Aubre Mitchell 5-9 Sr. Lakes
Explosive player didn’t start the season rusty – scored 30 in first game

FASTBREAK
Auburn Mountainview is the team to beat and Lakes has its sights set on doing exactly that. With all five starters back, including reigning SPSL 3A MVP Caitlin Carr and all-league performers Hattie Kosko and Aalia Braboy, Auburn Mountainview will be tough to topple. Also returning are Shayla Wolf, Aly Carr and Maddy Maley, who all played significant minutes last season. Lions coach Chris Carr said his team’s defense is the strength of the Lions. …Lakes has four starters back, including second-team all-league selections Aubre Mitchell and Tyanna Barton. Mitchell could be in line for a big season – she erupted for 30 points in the first game of the season. Brianna Butler, Mesha Holland, and Anitaka Knight also will be key contributors for the Lancers. Rodericka Ware is back after a season at Curtis High and will have her eligibility hearing this week. … Bonney Lake went to the state tournament for the first time in school history last season, but only one starter – forward Naomi Pounds – returns. The youthful Panthers will rely on their speed, but will experience some growing pains early. … Enumclaw has made strides under coach Beth Madill. After winning three games in her first season, the Hornets improved to win 12 last winter and now return a roster full of experience. Enumclaw might not have the star power to match Auburn Mountainview and Lakes, but Hornets are definitely capable of putting together a postseason run. …Steve Jacobson takes over as head coach at Peninsula, which went 1-9 in league last season. P Tyler Stolz, a 5-9 junior, was one of the league’s top rebounders last season and PG Leigh Iosia will be a key contributor for the Seahawks.

 

 

 

Leave a comment Comments
*
We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0