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High school girls basketball: 2021 Class 3A team-by-team preseason capsules

Emery, Morgan, Union and Judge Memorial open the season as the boys basketball preseason favorites in their respective 3A 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 3A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

There are four new head basketball coaches in 3A this year: Carmi Carlson (Carbon), Steve Lister (Ogden), Travis Sanderson (South Summit) and Brittany Anderson (Providence Hall).

Here are the 3A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


Region 12

1. Emery Spartans

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Lynne Tuttle (seventh year).

2020-2021 record: 16-5 (first in Region 12 with a 9-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 2 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Morgan, 51-47, in the 3A championship.

2021 offense: 58.4 ppg (No. 3 in 3A)

2021 defense: 42 ppg (No. 8 in 3A)

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Tambrie Tuttle, G/F, Sr. — 13.6 ppg.
  • Baylee Jacobsen, G, Sr. — 10.8 ppg.
  • Tatum Tanner, C, Jr. — 6.7 ppg.
  • Addie Lester, G, Sr. — 7.3 ppg.

Coach comment: “We are excited about the experience and leadership that returns this year. I believe we have a team of girls with a certain goal in mind and they will work hard to try and achieve that goal.”


2. Carbon Dinos

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Cami Carlson (22nd year).

2020-2021 record: 17-7 (third in Region 12 with a 6-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 4 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Morgan, 59-50, in the 3A semifinals.

2021 offense: 52.1 ppg (No. 5 in 3A).

2021 defense: 38 ppg (No. 5 in 3A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Janzie Jensen, G, Sr. — 6.6 ppg.
  • Sydney Orth, G/F, Sr. — 8.1 ppg.
  • Amiah Timoty, G, So. — 4.3 ppg.
  • Madi Orth, F/C, So. — 12.5 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Haley Garrish, C, Jr.

Coach comment: “I am optimistic but also aware that there are some really tough teams in 3A this year. We have a tough schedule overall. The key for us will be to learn from our losses and peak at the right time.”


3. Richfield Wildcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Marc Peterson (22nd year).

2020-2021 record: 16-8 (fourth in Region 12 with a 4-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 5 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Carbon, 52-49, in the 3A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 48.3 ppg (No. 7 in 3A).

2021 defense: 36.5 ppg (No. 3 in 3A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Kate Robinson PG Sr. — 6.3 ppg.
  • Becca Poulsen G, Sr. — 9.8 ppg.
  • Nicole Willardson C, Jr. — 12.4 ppg.
  • Hallie Janes G, So. — 3.9 ppg.
  • Sydney Knutson G, Sr. — 5.0 ppg.

Coach comment: “We have lots of experience coming back. Had a great offseason. I am anxious to see what the girls can achieve.”


4. Canyon View Falcons

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jaycee Barnhurst (fifth year).

2020-2021 record: 10-14 (fifth in Region 9 with a 6-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 12 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Logan, 60-45, in the 4A second round.

2021 offense: 41.2 ppg (No. 15 in 4A).

2021 defense: 44.7 ppg (No. 10 in 4A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Harlee Nicoll, C/F, Sr. — 10.0 ppg.
  • Jayda Gleave, G, Jr. — 3.7 ppg.
  • Jaden Johnson, G, Sr. — 2.9 ppg.
  • Payton Lister, F, Jr. — 2.6 ppg.
  • Erin Robinson, G, Sr. — 2.8 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Myka Taylor, G, Sr.
  • Deirdre Barton, F, Sr.
  • Rylee Savage, F/C, Sr.
  • Abby Belcher, C, Sr.
  • Kamryn Brush, G/F, So.

Coach comment: “We are super excited for this year. For the first time since I took over five years ago, we have a team that is experienced. I return multiple girls who played good varsity minutes last year. We also have a lot of senior who are roaring, ready to go. This team has been playing together for many, many years. We finally feel like the pieces have come together to make a good run in 3A this year. We can’t wait to get started.”


5. Grand Red Devils

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Andrea Noyes (third year).

2020-2021 record: 3-16 (sixth in Region 12 with a 0-9 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 17 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to North Sanpete, 36-29, in the 3A first round.

2021 offense: 34 ppg (No. 17 in 3A).

2021 defense: 59.5 ppg (No. 19 in 3A).

Additional info not provided.


Region 13

1. Morgan Trojans

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Sterling Mack (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 17-8 (second in Region 13 with a 8-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 8 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Beat Emery, 51-47, in the 3A championship.

2021 offense: 59.2 ppg (No. 2 in 3A).

2021 defense: 50.4 ppg (No. 15 in 3A).

Returning starters: Five.

Returning contributors:

  • Janel Blazzard, G, Sr. — 15.5 ppg.
  • Elena Birkeland, G, Jr. — 7.7 ppg.
  • Camilla Brooks, G, Jr. — 7.3 ppg.
  • Danielle Bigelow, G/F, Sr.
  • Emmory Morrell, F, Jr.
  • Alex Trussell, F — 14.4 ppg.
  • Alyvia Jaffa, F/C — 9.2 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Mazzy Bailey, G/F, Jr.
  • Amaya Rogers, G/F, Jr.

2. Grantsville Cowboys

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Megan Vera (ninth year).

2020-2021 record: 22-4 (first in Region 13 with a 9-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 3 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Emery, 69-52, in the 3A semifinals.

2021 offense: 57 ppg (No. 4 in 3A).

2021 defense: 41.5 ppg (No. 7 in 3A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Kenzie Allen, G, Jr. — 8.2 ppg.
  • Ellie Thomas, G/F, Jr. — 7.2 ppg.
  • Emily Ware, F, Jr. — 2.9 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Ryann Williams, G, Jr.
  • Zoey Cloward, C, Jr.
  • Maile Bartley, F/C, Jr.
  • Brylee Castagno, G, Jr.
  • Avery Allred, F/G, Fr.
  • Baylee Lowder, G, Fr.

Coach comment: “We are excited for another season of basketball. We will be a very young team this year with no seniors but we have a great junior class that is showing a lot of growth with their leadership and a freshmen class that may be one of our best overall prepared classes for high school ball. It will be another exciting season for us and we expect to compete every time we step on the floor and continue to build on the success of our program with another group of our kind of girls.”


3. Ogden Tigers

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Steve Lister (first year).

2020-2021 record: 9-13 (tied for fourth in Region 10 with a 5-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 17 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Pine View, 67-41, in the 4A first round.

2021 offense: 44.8 ppg (No. 8 in 4A).

2021 defense: 47.3 ppg (No. 12 in 4A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Ashley Christensen, G, Jr. — 8.1 ppg.
  • Grace Pulley, F/C, Sr. — 4.0 ppg.
  • Mahi Bergeson, G/F, Sr.
  • Lucy Ballard, F, Sr. — 2.3 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Ellie Oliverson, G, Jr.
  • Heidi Balderramos, G, Sr.
  • Ajae Belliston, G, Jr.

Coach comment: “Our program has been on the rise for the last three years and we feel good about the work we put in over the summer to continue to improve on past success.”


4. Layton Christian Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jeremy Jones (third year).

2020-2021 record: 17-5 (first in Region 17 with a 9-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 1 in 2A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Kanab, 50-45, in the 2A semifinals.

2021 offense: 61.9 ppg (No. 1 in 2A).

2021 defense: 37.4 ppg (No. 7 in 2A).

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Mia Jones, G, Sr. — 14.6 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Mine Iscen, F, Sr.
  • Bianca Silva, G, Sr.
  • Ruzgar Boyle, G, Jr.
  • Mariana Cubero, G, Jr.
  • Grace Edogiawerie, F, Jr.

Coach comment: “Great competition in Region 13 and all of 3A. Going to be a lot of fun.”


5. South Summit Wildcats

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Travis Sanderson (first year).

2020-2021 record: 7-17 (tied for fourth in Region 13 with a 3-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 12 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Richfield, 57-24, in the 3A second round.

2021 offense: 44.6 ppg (No. 12 in 3A).

2021 defense: 55.8 ppg (No. 18 in 3A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Reagan Sanderson, SG, Sr. — 15.8 ppg.
  • Averie Snyder, PG, Sr. — 10.5 ppg.
  • Maleah Bowen, F, Sr. — 3.8 ppg.
  • Alexis Atkinson, C, Sr. — 3.0 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Lexie Fitzgerald, F, Jr.
  • Brittney Blazzard, F, Jr.
  • Emma Chandler, F, Jr.

Coach comment: “The 3A classification is returning a number of extremely competitive teams and we are in a tough region. We are fortunate to return four starters from last year’s team, and I’m excited to see these girls compete on a nightly basis. “


6. Ben Lomond Scots

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Chelsye Saulsberry (third year).

2020-2021 record: 1-17 (seventh in Region 10 with a 0-12 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 21 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Canyon View, 61-19, in the 4A first round.

2021 offense: 23.7 ppg (No. 21 in 4A).

2021 defense: 51.5 ppg (No. 19 in 4A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Avery Beadles, G, Sr.
  • Maleah Richey, F, Jr.
  • Dory Jenson, C, So.

Key newcomers:

  • Jaleah Williams, F, So.
  • Sophie Peterson, G, Fr.

Region 14

1. Union Cougars

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jessica Thayne (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 13-9 (third in Region 14 with a 9-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 10 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Delta, 47-73, in the 3A second round.

2021 offense: 40.6 ppg (No. 14 in 3A).

2021 defense: 34.8 ppg (No. 2 in 3A).

Returning starters: Five

Returning contributors:

  • Dallie Bastian, G, Sr. — 6.1 ppg.
  • Riley Richards, G, Sr. — 3.6 ppg.
  • Kinslee Drake, F, Sr. — 11.6 ppg.
  • Whitnee Birchell, F, Sr. — 2.7 ppg.
  • Aubrey Riser, G, Sr. — 3.4 ppg.
  • Peyton Murray, G, Jr. — 3.2 ppg.
  • Grace Thomsen, F/C, Jr.

Coach comment: “We are returning with a lot of experience and I am looking forward to watch these girls compete. They are resilient and know how to work for what they want.”


2. Manti Templars

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Brennon Schweikart (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 13-7 (second in Region 14 with a 10-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 9 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Morgan, 66-46, in the 3A second round.

2021 offense: 49.8 ppg (No. 6 in 3A).

2021 defense: 36.9 ppg (No. 4 in 3A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Sharlie Alder, G, Sr.
  • Heidi Jorgenson, G, Jr. — 9.7 ppg.
  • Bri Wayman, G, Sr. — 2.2 ppg.
  • Charlie Mandel, F, Jr.
  • Tiffany Hermansen, F, Sr. — 5.5 ppg.
  • Rylee Jarvis, G, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Lucia Rodrigues, G, Jr.
  • Jade Mortenson, G/F, Jr.
  • Ally Chidester, G, Jr.
  • Liv Osbourn, G/F, Jr.

Coach comment: “A fun group that is going to play fast. Excited to coach up our returners and welcome in a group of newcomers that can be key contributors.”


3. Delta Rabbits

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Jordan Johnson (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 17-7 (first in Region 14 with a 11-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 7 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Emery, 40-33, in the 3A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 44.8 ppg (No. 11 in 3A).

2021 defense: 33.3 ppg (No. 1 in 3A).

Returning starters: Zero.

Returning contributors:

  • Ashlynd Hunt, G, Sr.
  • Kaeshae Brough, F, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Lacee Stephenson, F, Sr.
  • Allie Henrie, G, Sr.
  • Saylor Day, F, Sr.
  • Abby Chase, G, Sr.
  • Kate Smith, G, Jr.

Coach comment: “We have a talented group of girls that want to build on the success we had last year. They don’t have much returning experience, but they are confident they can work hard and have a good year. “


4. North Sanpete Hawks

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Taylor Christensen (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 5-14 (fifth in Region 14 with a 4-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 16 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to South Sevier, 67-31, in the 3A second round.

2021 offense: 29.8 ppg (No. 18 in 3A).

2021 defense: 47.6 ppg (No. 12 in 3A).

Additional info not provided.


5. Juab Wasps

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Brady Welburn (first year).

2020-2021 record: 7-16 (fourth in Region 14 with a 5-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 14 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Grantsville, 70-32, in the 3A second round.

2021 offense: 36.8 ppg (No. 15 in 3A).

2021 defense: 42.5 ppg (No. 9 in 3A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Hallie Worwood, G, Sr. — 7.8 ppg.
  • Avia Stowell, F, Jr. — 7.7 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Emmy Lovell, G, So.
  • Taylin Griffith, G, Jr.
  • Lucy Richards, G/F, Jr.
  • Ava Cuff, G.

Coach comment: “We are excited about the opportunity to play some younger players this year. We have an athletic group coming up and we will be competitive.”


Region 15

1. Judge Memorial Bulldogs

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Josh Pike (fourth year).

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

2021 RPI ranking: No. 6 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Grantsville, 58-46, in the 3A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 61.1 ppg (No. 1 in 3A).

2021 defense: 46.2 ppg (No. 11 in 3A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Teya Sidberry, Sr. — 29.6 ppg.
  • Klowie Pike, Jr. — 2.9 ppg.
  • Marika Collins, Sr. — 10.8 ppg.
  • Maya Renteria, Sr. — 2.9 ppg.

Coach comment: “Excitement.”


2. Juan Diego Soaring Eagle

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Ashley McKray (fifth year).

2020-2021 record: 16-7 (first in Region 10 with a 11-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 7 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Desert Hills, 62-57, in the 4A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 50.7 ppg (No. 6 in 4A).

2021 defense: 40.2 ppg (No. 3 in 4A).

Returning starters: Zero.

Returning contributors:

  • Melissa Osmundson, C, Jr. — 4.1 ppg.
  • Nicole Mamuzic, G, Sr. — 3.4 ppg.

Coach comment: “I am excited to see how this group of players come together as a team!”


3. Summit Academy Bears

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Josh Archuleta (third year).

2020-2021 record: 7-16 (tied for fourth in Region 13 with a 3-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 13 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Carbon, 57-36, in the 3A second round.

2021 offense: 46.6 ppg (No. 9 in 3A).

2021 defense: 54.1 ppg (No. 17 in 3A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Ella Christian, G, Sr. — 9.2 ppg.
  • Kayla Hamblin, G, Sr. — 8.9 ppg.
  • Ambree DeWitt, F/C, Sr. — 7.5 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Lexis Taylor, F/C, Jr.
  • Destinee Flores, G, So.

Coach comment: “Lace up. These Bears are hungry to hit the floor and compete on the hardwood this basketball season.”


4. Providence Hall Patriots

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Britanny Anderson (first year).

2020-2021 record: 5-17 (sixth in Region 13 with a 0-10 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 18 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Emery, 69-25, in the 3A second round.

2021 offense: 34.3 ppg (No. 16 in 3A).

2021 defense: 48.1 ppg (No. 13 in 3A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Kinley Peterson, G, Sr. — 2.6 ppg.
  • Jillian Hamilton, F/C, Sr. — 7.2 ppg.

Coach comment: “We are excited to see what this year brings.”


5. American Leadership Eagles

2021-2022 schedule

Head coach: Kyle Purvis (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 7-13 (sixth in Region 14 with a 3-9 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 15 in 3A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Providence Hall, 47-72, in the 3A first round.

2021 offense: 42 ppg (No. 13 in 3A).

2021 defense: 43.4 ppg (No. 10 in 3A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Lexie Webster, G, Sr. — 12.3 ppg.
  • Tiffany Tervort, G, Jr. — 9.7 ppg.
  • Helen Wolfe, G, Jr. — 6.2 ppg.
  • Charley Wardle, C, Sr. — 2.3 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Mary Wolfe, F, So.
  • Shelby Huff, F, Sr.

Coach comment: “The girls are excited to get back on the court. They had a great offseason and are looking to make this a great year.”