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High school girls basketball: 2021 Class 1A team-by-team preseason capsules

Piute, Wendover, Rich and Green River open the season as the girls basketball preseason favorites in their respective 1A regions

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Deseret News

The 2021-2022 high school girls basketball season gets underway this week for 3A, 2A and 1A teams. To prepare fans for the upcoming season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 1A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

There are three new head basketball coaches in 1A this year: Anthony Lewis (ICS), Doug Freed (Monument Valley) and Joni Dickson (Whitehorse).

Here are the 1A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


Region 20

1. Piute Thunderbirds

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Tim Westwood (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 19-5 (third in Region 20 with a 11-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 2 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Beat Valley, 44-40, in the 1A championship.

2021 offense: 44.7 ppg (No. 7 in 1A).

2021 defense: 36.6 ppg (No. 4 in 1A).

Returning starters: Four.

Coach comment: “We have a good mix of older and younger players. If we come together as a team, we should be able to compete well by the end of the season.”


2. Valley Buffaloes

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Dustin Cox (sixth year).

2020-2021 record: 17-5 (second in Region 20 with a 10-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 1 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Piute, 44-40, in the 1A championship.

2021 offense: 50.6 ppg (No. 2 in 1A).

2021 defense: 39.9 ppg (No. 8 in 1A).

Additional info not provided.


3. Panguitch Bobcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Nadine Owens (third year).

2020-2021 record: 6-15 (sixth in Region 20 with a 5-10 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 10 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Tabiona, 33-21, in the 1A first round.

2021 offense: 33.7 ppg (No. 12 in 1A).

2021 defense: 40.7 ppg (No. 9 in 1A).

Returning starters: Five.

Returning contributors:

  • Adelaide Englestead, G/F, Jr. — 3.1 ppg.
  • Lexi Palmer, G/F, Jr.

4. Wayne Badgers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Kerry Stevens (second year).

2020-2021 record: 20-6 (first in Region 20 with a 13-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 3 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Piute, 53-51, in the 1A semifinals.

2021 offense: 52.5 ppg (No. 1 in 1A).

2021 defense: 40.9 ppg (No. 10 in 1A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Hailey Durfey, Jr.
  • Aspen New, Jr. — 2.4 ppg.
  • Hadley Taylor, Jr.
  • Kate Torgerson, Jr.
  • Shaleen Nelson, Sr.

Coach comment: “Looking to be an aggressive defending team. Fast pace, always looking to run.”


5. Milford Tigers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Mallory Bailey (eighth year).

2020-2021 record: 16-10 (fourth in Region 20 with a 8-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 5 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Valley, 62-41, in the 1A semifinals.

2021 offense: 48.1 ppg (No. 5 in 1A).

2021 defense: 39.4 ppg (No. 7 in 1A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • JaLeana Tsosie, Sr. — 10.5 ppg.
  • Brynley Wunderlich, Sr. — 4.3 ppg.
  • NayVee Williams, Sr. — 2.3 ppg.

Coach comment: “We are lucky to keep getting a great group of girls! We have a hardworking, talented team coming this year and we are excited to get started. We have quite the freshman lineup that will be fun to see through the program. “


6. Bryce Valley Mustangs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Tyson Brinkerhoff (20th year).

2020-2021 record: 13-10 (fifth in Region 20 with a 7-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 8 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Valley, 46-39, in the 1A second round.

2021 offense: 37.1 ppg (No. 9 in 1A).

2021 defense: 33.5 ppg (No. 2 in 1A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Amanda Chynoweth, G, Sr. — 4.5 ppg.
  • Kristen Stewart, C, Sr. — 4.3 ppg.

Coach comment: “We will be a young team and are definitely in a rebuilding year. “


7. Escalante Moquis

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Ryan Cottam.

2020-2021 record: 4-14 (eighth in Region 20 with a 1-12 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 11 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Green River, 46-33, in the 1A first round.

2021 offense: 33.6 ppg (No. 13 in 1A).

2021 defense: 45.2 ppg (No. 12 in 1A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Mikki Prows, C, Sr. — 8.8 ppg.
  • Mackenzie Lyman, PG, Sr. — 6.6 ppg.
  • Nadia Griffin, PF, Jr. — 6.1 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Zoee Torgerson, C, Sr.

8. Water Canyon Wildcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Ben Klepper (second year).

2020-2021 record: 2-15 (seventh in Region 20 with a 1-11 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 12 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Milford, 47-38, in the 1A first round.

2021 offense: 36 ppg (No. 10 in 1A).

2021 defense: 46.2 ppg (No. 14 in 1A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Katelin Broadbent, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Martha Jessop, Fr.
  • Elizabeth Hainline, Fr.

Region 21

1. Wendover Wildcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Domenick Tangaro (seventh year).

2020-2021 record: 8-5 (first in Region 21 with a 1-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 9 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Bryce Valley, 32-21, in the 1A first round.

2021 offense: 48.3 ppg (No. 4 in 1A).

2021 defense: 30.7 ppg (No. 1 in 1A).

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Leslie Luna, G/F, Sr. — 20.3 ppg.
  • Gaby Delgadillo, F/C, So. — 4.3 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Jessica Castaneda, G, Jr.
  • Kadence Murphy, G, So.
  • Lizbeth Salazar, F/C, So.
  • Paulina Gomez, G/F, So.

Coach comment: “Young team with a lot of fight.”


2. Tintic Miners

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Samantha Rydalch (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 1-17 (second in Region 21 with a 0-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 16 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Valley, 71-20, in the 1A first round.

2021 offense: 18.4 ppg (No. 16 in 1A).

2021 defense: 47.3 ppg (No. 15 in 1A).

Returning starters: Two.

Additional info not provided.


Region 22

1. Rich Rebels

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Cody Lundgren (sixth year).

2020-2021 record: 15-8 (first in Region 22 with a 5-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 4 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Milford, 53-45, in the 1A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 48.7 ppg (No. 3 in 1A).

2021 defense: 37.7 ppg (No. 5 in 1A).

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Darleen Peterson, Jr., Post
  • Ambria Lutz, Sr., Guard
  • Makynzee Smith, Sr., Post/Wing
  • Brittney Lamborn, Sr., Wing
  • Tayla Mckee, Sr., Guard

Coach comment: “Excited for the upcoming season! Have some girls that work hard and love to play.”


2. Tabiona Tigers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jake Fabrizio.

2020-2021 record: 14-11 (fourth in Region 22 with a 0-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 7 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Piute, 46-35, in the 1A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 41.3 ppg (No. 8 in 1A).

2021 defense: 33.7 ppg (No. 3 in 1A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Abbie Rhoades, Sr. — 11.8 ppg.
  • Gracee Fabrizio, Sr. — 3.7 ppg.
  • Mckinlee Strebel, Sr.
  • Kadence Bagley, Sr.
  • Maddie Rhoades, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Taylor Thomas, Jr.
  • Mersadie Rhoades, Jr.

Coach comment: “We bring back five seniors, four juniors and four sophomores excited to see how the girls play this year. They work hard we have some great shooters and the girls are excited to play “


3. Altamont Longhorns

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Bev Sorensen.

2020-2021 record: 9-8 (third in Region 16 with a 4-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 11 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Millard, 55-42, in the 2A second round.

2021 offense: 44.4 ppg (No. 9 in 2A).

2021 defense: 36.4 ppg (No. 5 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


4. Manila Mustangs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Toni Pendleton (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 4-9 (third in Region 22 with a 1-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 15 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Piute, 72-16, in the 1A first round.

2021 offense: 28.6 ppg (No. 14 in 1A).

2021 defense: 46.2 ppg (No. 13 in 1A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Cora Guymon, F, Sr. — 5.5 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Sadie Davis, G, Fr.
  • Kamryn Slaugh, G, Fr.
  • Reagan Browning, G, Fr.
  • Kallie Bair, F, Fr.

Coach comment: “It is going to be a fun season adding more players to the team.”


5. Intermountain Christian Lions

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Anthony Lewis (first year).

2020-2021 record: 5-13 (second in Region 22 with a 1-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 13 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Rich, 63-19, in the 1A first round.

2021 offense: 34.8 ppg (No. 11 in 1A).

2021 defense: 44.9 ppg (No. 11 in 1A).

Additional info not provided.


Region 23

1. Green River Pirates

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Tyler Bastian.

2020-2021 record: 9-7

2021 RPI ranking: No. 6 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Wayne, 56-48, in the 1A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 45.7 ppg (No. 6 in 1A).

2021 defense: 37.9 ppg (No. 6 in 1A).

Additional info not provided.


2. Monument Valley Cougars

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Doug Freed (first year).

2020-2021 record: Did not participate because of COVID-19.

Returning starters: Zero

Returning contributors:

  • Alyah Blackwater, G, Jr. — 8.0 ppg.
  • Sonomie Bigman, G, Sr.
  • Lakenya Begaye, G, Sr.
  • Chalyishia Tsosie, F, Sr.
  • Raemi Nez, F, Jr. — 9.0 ppg.
  • Cierra Black, F, Sr.
  • Chianne Bedonie, G, Jr.

Key newcomers:

  • Precious Bedonie, F, So.
  • Neveah Wilson, F, So.

Coach comment: “We didn’t play last year because of COVID-19, so there will be conditioning issues and a lot of rust to shake off.”


3. Monticello Buckaroos

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Marcia Shumway.

2020-2021 record: 1-15

2021 RPI ranking: No. 19 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to St. Joseph, 40-39, in the 2A first round.

2021 offense: 28.3 ppg (No. 20 in 2A).

2021 defense: 57.5 ppg (No. 24 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


4. Pinnacle Panthers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Mark Stuckenschneider.

2020-2021 record: 4-11

2021 RPI ranking: No. 14 in 1A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Wayne, 75-10, in the 1A first round.

2021 offense: 21.9 ppg (No. 15 in 1A).

2021 defense: 48.9 ppg (No. 16 in 1A).

Additional info not provided.


5. Whitehorse Raiders

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Joni Dickson (first year).

2020-2021 record: Did not participate because of COVID-19.

Additional info not provided.