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High school girls basketball: 2021 Class 2A team-by-team preseason capsules

North Summit, Draper APA, American Heritage and Beaver open the season as the girls basketball preseason favorites in their respective 2A regions

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Who are the favored girls basketball teams in 2021? Here is a team-by-team look at Utah’s 2A teams.

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 2A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

There are seven new head basketball coaches in 2A this year: Learnell Wesley (APA West Valley), Jamaal Jenkins (St. Joseph), Shara Fernandes (Utah Military Hillfield), Paora Winitana (American Heritage), Derek Tidwell (Merit Academy), David Winkworth (Wasatch Academy) and Brandon Johnson (Parowan).

Here are the 2A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


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Region 16

1. North Summit Braves

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jerre Holmes (sixth year).

2020-2021 record: 20-4 (first in Region 16 with a 9-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 2 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Beat Kanab, 65-48, in the 2A championship.

2021 offense: 60.8 ppg (No. 2 in 2A).

2021 defense: 39.9 ppg (No. 10 in 2A).

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Marci Richins, F, Sr. — 15.6 ppg.
  • Savannah Richins, F, Sr.

Coach comment: “Only two of our players have varsity experience, but our younger players are excited and eager to be contributors to our program.”


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2. Duchesne Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Blair Madsen (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 16-9 (second in Region 16 with a 8-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 7 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to North Summit, 47-39, in the 2A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 39.8 ppg (No. 14 in 2A).

2021 defense: 35.8 ppg (No. 4 in 2A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Gracie Ewell, G, Sr. — 4.3 ppg.
  • Baylee Clayburn, F, Sr. — 2.8 ppg.
  • Hallie Nielson, F, Sr. — 3.8 ppg.
  • Kelsey Grant, G, Jr. — 5.6 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Grace Davis, F, Sr.
  • Lexi Morlan, F, Jr.
  • Morgan Ewell, G, Jr.

Coach comment: “We are returning multiple core players with multiple years of varsity experience. We are very excited about this year and have high expectations for ourselves.”


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3. Millard Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Melanie Bassett (fifth year).

2020-2021 record: 16-9 (third in Region 18 with a 5-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 6 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to North Summit, 53-45, in the 2A semifinals.

2021 offense: 49 ppg (No. 5 in 2A)

2021 defense: 46.5 ppg (No. 20 in 2A)

Returning starters: Three.

Coach comment: “Millard is looking forward to a great season.”


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4. North Sevier Wolves

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Lexa Larsen (30th year).

2020-2021 record: 5-13 (fourth in Region 16 with a 3-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 12 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Enterprise, 50-36, in the 2A second round.

2021 offense: 38.1 ppg (No. 15 in 2A).

2021 defense: 44 ppg (No. 15 in 2A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Gracee Johnson, F, Sr. — 5.2 ppg.
  • Avery Smith, F, Sr.
  • Allie Mason, C, Jr. — 3.8 ppg.
  • Brook Butler, G, Jr. — 6.3 ppg.
  • Mila Torgerson, F, Jr. — 6.7 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Syd Henrie, G, Jr.
  • Kamryn Pierce, G, Jr.
  • Drew Sedgwick, G, Jr.
  • Brook Goble, F, So.

Coach comment: “We got off to a slow start last year and spent the rest of the season trying to dig out of the RPI dungeon. But now we have almost everyone back, and we should be ready to compete. With a great group of incoming freshmen we’ve added depth and speed. We have focused much of the summer on shooting because we need to be able to score more consistently. Our goal is to finish in the top eight of the RPI this year and return to the state tournament which we we missed out on last year.”


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5. Gunnison Valley Bulldogs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Melissa Sorensen (10th year).

2020-2021 record: 7-14 (fifth in Region 16 with a 2-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 15 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to North Summit, 64-35, in the 2A second round.

2021 offense: 37.3 ppg (No. 16 in 2A).

2021 defense: 46.1 ppg (No. 18 in 2A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Raven Pickett, F/C, Sr. — 6.9 ppg.
  • Rilee Dyreng, G, Jr. — 10.6 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Gracey Mickelson, F, Jr.
  • Molly Blackham, F, Jr.
  • Kalie Whitlock, G, Sr.

Coach comment: “Many of our players saw varsity action last season. Hopefully that year of experience can help us be more competitive in a really tough region. We lost some good leadership from last season so some of success will depend upon how quickly others fulfill that leadership role.”


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Region 17

1. Draper APA Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Dan Baldwin (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 7-13 (fourth in Region 15 with a 3-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 16 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Layton Christian Academy, 68-30, in the 2A second round.

2021 offense: 36.6 ppg (No. 17 in 2A).

2021 defense: 43.7 ppg (No. 14 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


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2. St. Joseph Jayhawks

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jamaal Jenkins (first year).

2020-2021 record: 7-10 (fourth in Region 17 with a 4-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 14 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Beaver, 69-18, in the 2A second round.

2021 offense: 29.5 ppg (No. 18 in 2A).

2021 defense: 42.6 ppg (No. 12 in 2A).

Returning starters: Two

Returning contributors:

  • Sarah Snell, G/F, Jr. — 17.8 ppg.
  • Alexys Bombela G/F, Jr. — 6.0 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Abigail Gough, G, Fr.
  • Alexandra MacAulay, G, Fr.
  • Katelyn Martinez, G, Fr.
  • Elizbeth Randall, G/F, Fr.

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3. Waterford Ravens

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Craig Morris (17th year).

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

Returning contributors:

  • Bailey Norris, G, Sr.
  • Adela Kolda, G, Sr.
  • Jessica Jordan, G, Jr.

Key newcomers:

  • Mikelle Beck, F, Jr.
  • Caroline Lotulelei, F, Sr.

Coach comment: “We are thrilled to be back playing basketball at Waterford this year. It may take us a while to put it all back together but I am excited with the group of girls we have and I am confident that we will get grow throughout the season.”


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4. Rowland Hall Winged Lions

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Bill Tatomer (15th year).

2020-2021 record: 9-3 (third in Region 17 with a 7-3 record).

Returning contributors:

  • Micha Nenbee, F, Sr. — 9.8 ppg.
  • Kaitlyn Bates, F, Sr. — 9.7 ppg.
  • Grace Baranko, G, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Bea Wall, G, So.

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5. APA West Valley Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Learnell Wesley (first year).

2020-2021 record: 2-21 (sixth in Region 17 with a 0-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 21 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to North Sevier, 66-28, in the 2A first round.

2021 offense: 22 ppg (No. 22 in 2A).

2021 defense: 48.8 ppg (No. 23 in 2A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Trina Duong, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Nicole Tran, F, Fr.
  • Jhadai Espinoza, G, Fr.

Coach comment: “We will very young and struggle at times but will play hard every possession and hopefully come together by the end of the season.”


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6. Utah Military Hillfield Thunderbirds

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Shara Fernandes (first year).

2020-2021 record: 3-14 (fifth in Region 17 with a 1-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 18 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Altamont, 57-7, in the 2A first round.

2021 offense: 17.8 ppg (No. 23 in 2A).

2021 defense: 45.8 ppg (No. 17 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


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Region 18

1. Wasatch Academy Tigers

2021-2022 Schedule

Head coach: David “Vito” Winkworth (first year).

2020-2021 record: 11-8 (first in Region 15 with a 7-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 8 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Layton Christian Academy, 51-39, in the 2A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 42.5 ppg (No. 11 in 2A)

2021 defense: 39.4 ppg (No. 9 in 2A)

Returning starters: Zero.

Coach comment: ”We have a great group of kids who are willing to work hard and fight through adversity when times get tough. I’m excited to watch the growth of our team this year as we look to become something special as a team. Wasatch Academy has had some great history in girls basketball in the past, I can’t wait to be apart of the basketball culture that has been built here so far and add to it any I can as a coach as we make our own new history together in the next chapter this season.”

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2. American Heritage Patriots

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Paora Winitana (first year).

2020-2021 record: 9-9 (third in Region 15 with a 2-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 10 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Duchesne, 39-38, in the 2A second round.

2021 offense: 47 ppg (No. 7 in 2A).

2021 defense: 42.4 ppg (No. 11 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


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3. Maeser Prep Lions

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jared Norris (second year).

2020-2021 record: 3-18 (seventh in Region 14 with a 0-12 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 19 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Juab, 54-25, in the 3A first round.

2021 offense: 22.6 ppg (No. 19 in 3A).

2021 defense: 49.4 ppg (No. 14 in 3A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Kate Killpack, C, Sr.
  • Janie Norris, F, Jr. — 2.3 ppg.
  • Kelly Ha, G, Jr. — 4.9 ppg.
  • Victoria Memmott, G, So. — 4.7 ppg.

Coach comment: “We have a great core group returning and we are excited for the season to start.”


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4. Rockwell Marshals

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Troy Gifford.

2020-2021 record: 17-7 (second in Region 17 with a 8-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 9 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Wasatch Academy, 49-44, in the 2A second round.

2021 offense: 52.1 ppg (No. 3 in 2A)

2021 defense: 33.2 ppg (No. 3 in 2A)

Returning starters: Three.

Coach comment: “We are looking forward to a competitive season returning three starters with five seniors on the roster.”


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5. Freedom Prep Academy Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Nicolee Quraishy (second year).

2020-2021 record: 3-9 (fifth in Region 15 with a 2-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 20 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Parowan, 69-12, in the 2A first round.

2021 offense: 24.8 ppg (No. 21 in 2A).

2021 defense: 46.3 ppg (No. 19 in 2A).

Returning starters: Four.

Additional info not provided.


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6. Merit Academy Knights

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Derek Tidwell (first year).

2020-2021 record: 3-12 (sixth in Region 15 with a 1-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 17 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Draper APA, 66-30, in the 2A first round.

2021 offense: 29.1 ppg (No. 19 in 2A).

2021 defense: 46.7 ppg (No. 21 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


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7. Utah Military Camp Williams Marauders

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Chelsey John (first year).

2020-2021 record: 1-12 (seventh in Region 15 with a 0-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 22 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Gunnison Valley, 58-17, in the 2A first round.

2021 offense: 12.5 ppg (No. 24 in 2A).

2021 defense: 44.6 ppg (No. 16 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


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Region 19

1. Beaver Beavers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jonathan Marshall (26th year).

2020-2021 record: 17-6 (tied for first in Region 18 with a 6-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 3 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Millard, 48-44, in the 2A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 47.5 ppg (No. 6 in 2A).

2021 defense: 36.6 ppg (No. 6 in 2A).

Returning starters: Five.

Returning contributors:

  • Avery Brown, F/C, Sr. — 13.6 ppg
  • Halle Hutchings, G, Sr. — 8.9 ppg
  • Kenzlee Carter, G, Sr. — 6.7 ppg.
  • Katlynn Limb, G, Sr. — 3.5 ppg.
  • Malia Washburn, F/C, Sr. — 4.9 ppg.
  • Kaylee Hafen, F/C, Sr. — 2.4 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Tawni Eyre, G, Jr.
  • Talia Alisa, F/C, So.

Coach comment: “We are excited to have pretty much our whole team back from last year. We had no seniors last year so we return an experienced team. We have a lot of depth and senior leadership which hopefully serves us well. We have high expectations and hope to compete with the best teams in 2A.”


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2. Kanab Cowboys

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Klint Glover (third year).

2020-2021 record: 15-5 (tied for first in Region 18 with a 6-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 4 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to North Summit, 65-48, in the 2A championship.

2021 offense: 49.1 ppg (No. 4 in 2A).

2021 defense: 42.7 ppg (No. 13 in 2A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Marlee Daley
  • Riley Statin, Sr.

Coach comment: “We have several returning players who value and know how to play defense. We are looking forward to a tough schedule, especially our region play. Can’t wait to see how we stack up.”


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3. Parowan Rams

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Brandon Johnson (first year).

2020-2021 record: 6-16 (fifth in Region 18 with a 0-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 13 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Kanab, 57-43, in the 2A second round.

2021 offense: 45 ppg (No. 8 in 2A).

2021 defense: 47 ppg (No. 22 in 2A).

Additional info not provided.


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4. South Sevier Rams

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Tracy Johnson (second year).

2020-2021 record: 16-5 (second in Region 12 with a 8-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 1 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Morgan, 50-43, in the 3A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 46.9 ppg (No. 8 in 3A).

2021 defense: 39.4 ppg (No. 6 in 3A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Aspen Okerlund, G, Sr. — 8.4 ppg.
  • Alexa Robinson, F, Sr. — 5.6 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Joslyn Street, G, Sr.
  • Maggee McRae, F, Sr.
  • Emmalie Peterson, F, Sr.
  • Hayzen Taylor, G, Jr.

Coach comment: “We have a hungry group of girls who are looking to ‘get after it.’ The mix of experience and skill of our seniors coupled with the talent in our underclassmen will help us compete in a really tough region.”


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5. Enterprise Wolves

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Lance Jones (ninth year).

2020-2021 record: 15-9 (fourth in Region 18 with a 3-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 5 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Kanab, 54-42, in the 2A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 42.9 ppg (No. 10 in 2A).

2021 defense: 38.5 ppg (No. 8 in 2A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Noah Moyle, F, Sr. — 9.8 ppg.

Coach comment: “We graduated a strong group of seniors last year, so we will be a very young team. This season will be determined by how our underclassman perform. We compete in a very tough region and so it will be interesting to see who on our team in going to step up and fill the needed roles.”


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6. San Juan Broncos

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Laura Stearns (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 6-15 (fifth in Region 12 with a 1-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 11 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Judge Memorial, 55-41, in the 3A second round.

2021 offense: 46.2 ppg (No. 10 in 3A).

2021 defense: 54 ppg (No. 16 in 3A).

Additional info not provided.