NARROWS 3A BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW CAPSULE
1. Lincoln (21-4)
2. Foss (15-9
3. Wilson (17-5)
4. Capital (12-7)
5. Timberline (6-13)
6. Yelm (3-16)
G Isaac Barsh 6-4 Sr. Lincoln
Has really grown into the mold of big, smooth guard with clutch shooting stroke.
G Marcus Chambers 5-10 Jr. Foss
An ankle-breaking penetrator who is a lot to handle defensively out on perimeter.
F Tre’Shaun Lexing 6-5 Jr. Lincoln
A deluxe DI attraction – can shoot long range, but asked a lot to be “point” forward.
F Dezmyn Trent 6-4 Jr. Foss
He plays with energy and edge. Now that he has a year under his belt at Foss, watch out.
G Phoenix Waters 5-9 Jr. Wilson
The Rams’ leader is the best pass-first threat in the league; poised to take next step.
Defending Narrows 3A and West Central District champion Lincoln is still deep, motivated and extremely defensive-minded. The Abes will apply unrelenting on-ball pressure for 32 minutes, and have enough offense in Lexing, Barsh and Derek Holliday to put up points. … Foss is not far behind the Abes in terms of experience and talent. Chambers is a must-see performer who plays both guard positions, and Trent is an attacking inside terror. … The 1-2 punch of Phoenix Waters at point guard and Kevin Johnson on the wing should give Wilson all it needs. Waters is arguably the best pass-first player in the league. … The dean of Narrows 3A coaches is Capital’s Doug Galloway, who has won everywhere he has been. Even in this very competitive league, Galloway’s group of four junior starters – led by guard Keenan Williams – should put Cougars in a playoff hunt after last season’s absence. … Last season, Donaven Dorsey came off the bench at Timberline as a ninth grader. Now, the reins of the program are his, and the ball will be in his hands at all times to make plays, scoring or passing. He is already getting NCAA Division I attention. … With no inside presence, look for Yelm to continue to play the five-man passing game, led by guards Jacob Swilley and Bryan Miskimens.
NARROWS LEAGUE 3A GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW CAPSULE
1. Wilson (17-9)
2. Timberline (23-2)
3. Yelm (11-9)
4. Capital (14-10)
5. Foss (0-20)
6. Lincoln (9-11)
G Kaysha Fox 5-7 Jr. Wilson
Point guard will lead young, but experienced, Rams to postseason
F Anushka Maldonado 6-0 Jr. Yelm
Broke through last winter (11.6 ppg, 9.5 rpg), could be even better this season
F Tia Briggs 6-1 Jr. Wilson
Contributes offensively (10.9 ppg) and defensively (9 rpg)
G Sasha Weber 6-0 Sr. Timberline
New Mexico State-bound guard is one of the state’s best players, athletes
G Kendel Wilkerson 5-10 Sr. Capital
Cougars’ second-leading scorer (11.2 ppg) returns to lead team
Perhaps no team in the state has as much potential as Wilson. The Rams return five starters and all are underclassmen. If Wilson can work together, the Rams can make a very deep postseason run. Depth, defense and, especially this season, experience are strengths for Wilson. Starters Bethany Montgomery, Kaysha Fox, Tia Briggs, Nine Caldwell and Janessa Flynn will be joined by newcomers Valery Vangen, a 6-foot-4 junior; Valentina Sakica, a foreign exchange student with a nice outside shot; and freshman forward Dejah Rogers. … Timberline suffered a blow when Cymone Martin, a first-team all-league player, suffered a knee injury that will keep her out for most of the season. Martin might be healthy enough to return for the playoffs. Fortunately for the Blazers, they still have New Mexico State-bound guard Sasha Weber, who totaled gaudy stats last season, averaging 14.2 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3 steals per game. Weber is joined by fellow returning starter Kiera Allen. … Capital graduated six seniors, including three of its top four leading scorers, three top rebounders, best defensive player and point guard. Rebuilding year, right? Well, if the Cougars can come together quickly, they should be able to make some noise and challenge Wilson and Timberline for the top spots in the league. Kendel Wilkerson is the team’s lone returning full-time starter and forward Hollianne Wieland, an adept rebounder, was a part-time starter. Guard Cierra Pettit and forwards Sloan Jackowich and Drew Rothengass will be relied on, too. … If you’re looking for a darkhorse team that could rise up and make an unexpected playoff run – to everyone outside the team, at least – Yelm fits the profile. The Tornados have one of the top posts in the South Sound in Anushka Maldonado, a first-team all-league pick, and guards Jaynani Cababat and Jessica Amundsen can hang with the best of the Narrows League 3A. Guard McKenzie DeVore and wing McKaiela Tyler make the move to varsity from the JV squad, which went 20-0 last season. … Foss welcomes back returning starter Ashleigh Beam, a senior post, and guard Jasmine Brooks, who lettered as a freshman and sophomore before missing her junior season due to injury. Junior guard Sierra Brooks will make an impact on the court for the Falcons. … Lincoln has gotten off to a rough start this season, losing its first three games. Precious Hunkin leads the Abes in scoring, averaging 9.7 points per game.