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Class 4A girls basketball primer: McPhee sisters just hitting their stride

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Dec. 10, 2012 at 9:54 am with No Comments »
December 10, 2012 3:30 pm
Mount Rainier's Brittany McPhee, left, was on The News Tribune's preseason all-state team.

GIRLS’ POWER FIVE

1, Mount Rainier
Another season of the McPhee sisters running wild.
2, Puyallup
Young team took lumps last year. Set to dish them out.
3, Bellarmine Prep
Still has enough pieces – and balance – to grab Narrows title.
4, Auburn Riverside
Traditional state powerhouse not favorite, but still potent.
5, Kentwood
Right there in the pack of challengers to Mount Rainier.

SPSL SOUTH

* Crystal Ball
Puyallup (11-9)
Beamer (8-12)
Federal Way (22-6)
Bethel (15-11)
Rogers (13-12)
Emerald Ridge (19-6)
Curtis (3-17)
Spanaway Lake (13-10)
Graham-Kapowsin (1-19)

* Fab Five
Raven Benton, Federal Way, G, 5-10, Sr.
Fourth-year starter is inside-outside scoring threat; divisional MVP favorite.

Riley Clarke, Emerald Ridge, G, 5-11, So.
Part of Jaguars’ sports-playing triplets who is focal point of team’s offense.

Megan Huff, Beamer, C, 6-2, Jr.
Tough interior scorer and rebounder is established entity among new cast.

Addie Picha, Puyallup, F, 6-2, So.
Tall athlete who poses matchup problems for any defender who takes her on.

Kalani Ulufale, Rogers, C, 6-1, Sr.
Arguably division’s best pure post player comes off lost season (knee).

* Circle the Calendar
Jan. 29, Beamer at Puyallup, 7 p.m.

SPSL NORTH

* Crystal Ball
Mount Rainier (27-2)
Auburn Riverside (17-6)
Kentwood (18-6)
Kentridge (11-12)
Jefferson (10-14)
Tahoma (8-12)
Auburn (5-14)
Kentlake (4-13)
Kent-Meridian (0-18)

* Fab Five
Shantell Jackson, Auburn Riverside, F, 5-9, Sr.
Established rebounder with a funky but reliable outside shot – she’s money.

Brittany McPhee, Mount Rainier, F, 6-0, Jr.
She slashes. She scores. She pressures – and is reigning SPSL North MVP.

Jordan McPhee, Mount Rainier, G, 5-10, Jr.
While sister piles up gaudy statistics, someone has to be a team’s distributor.

Jada Piper, Jefferson, G, 5-11, Sr.
Might be division’s best athlete, she single-handedly gives Raiders a chance.

Sarah Toeaina, Kentwood, G, 5-10, Jr.
Another superior athlete in Conquerors’ lineage of elite point guards.

* Circle the Calendar
Jan. 25, Auburn Riverside at Mount Rainier, 7 p.m.

NARROWS 4A

* Crystal Ball
Bellarmine Prep (17-5)
Yelm (13-8)
Olympia (10-15)
Central Kitsap (17-6)
South Kitsap (17-6)
Stadium (5-15)
Gig Harbor (7-13)

* Fab Five
Carly Hoisington, Central Kitsap, C, 5-10, Sr.
One thing the Cougars can rely on – nightly double-double outings.

Anushka Maldanado, Yelm, G/F, 6-0, Sr.
Body and physicality of a post player, but with cat-like guard reflexes.

Claire Martin, Bellarmine Prep, C, 6-4, So.
Lions trying to temper excitement for first-year starter with big-time talent.

Sarah Snodgrass, Olympia, G/F, 5-8, So.
Mature for her age; will be relied on more with Jona Spiller out (stress fracture).

Sydney Swofford, Bellarmine Prep, G, 5-9, Jr.
In biggest of games, she seems to shine at both ends – a reliable leader.

* Circle the Calendar
Feb. 8, Yelm at Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m.

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