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High school girls basketball: 2021 Class 5A team-by-team preseason capsules

Here are the Utah high school 5A girls basketball team-by-team capsules.
Olympus forward Alyssa Blanck grabs a rebound between Highland’s Lei Makaui, left, and Sosefina Langi during a game at Olympus High School in Holladay on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

The 2021-2022 high school girls basketball season gets underway this week for 6A, 5A and 4A teams. To prepare fans for the upcoming season, the Deseret News has put together capsules for every team in 5A. Every coach was invited to participate and submit information.

The region rankings are based on coaches preseason projections.

There are six new head basketball coaches in 5A this year: Johnny Caine (Bonneville), Sala Asiata (Highland), Tony Ingle (Cedar Valley), John Elison (Uintah), Jeremy Main (Orem) and Haley Steed (Timpview).

Here are the 5A teams and players to watch this upcoming season.


Region 5

1. Bountiful Redhawks

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Joel Burton (14th year).

2020-2021 record: 15-8 (third in Region 5 with a 6-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 8 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Hillcrest, 63-35, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 52.8 ppg (No. 4 in 5A).

2021 defense: 45.3 ppg (No. 15 in 5A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Lizzy McConkie, G, Jr.— 8.3 ppg, 3.9 apg.
  • Riley Johnson, F, Sr.— 4.0 ppg.
  • Clair Cook, F, Jr.— 2.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg.

Key newcomers:

  • Tayler Harvey, F/C, Fr.
  • Hayley Smith, F, Jr.

Coach comment: We are a work in progress with a lot of youth. We have great girls who work hard and expect to be competitive.


2. Box Elder Bees

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Aaron Dooley (eighth year).

2020-2021 record: 8-13 (fifth in Region 5 with a 3-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 17 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Orem, 49-42, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 45.5 ppg (No. 13 in 5A).

2021 defense: 50.4 ppg (No. 21 in 5A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Tegan Mecham— 11.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg.
  • Ashlyn Reeder— 7.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.0 spg.
  • Kamyrn Peterson— 4.1 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Ashlyn Wight

Coach comment: We are excited for a new season. We will be competitive in a tough Region 5.


3. Viewmont Vikings

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Roger Farnsworth (third year).

2020-2021 record: 15-9 (second in Region 5 with a 7-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 10 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Timpview, 65-36, in the 5A second round.

2021 offense: 45.1 ppg (No. 14 in 5A).

2021 defense: 41.8 ppg (No. 9 in 5A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Grace MacKay, G, Sr.— 8.6 ppg.
  • Kaylee Smith, F, Sr.— 6.5 ppg.
  • Emma Mulitalo, F, Jr.— 6.5 ppg.
  • Addie Welsh, G, Jr.

Key newcomers:

  • Kallie Cannon, F, Sr.
  • Lissia De Silva, G, Jr.
  • Kristina Gunnell, G, So.
  • Aubrey Mulitalo, C, Fr.

Coach comment: I like our team, we plan on having fun.


4. Bonneville Lakers

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Johnny Caine (first year).

2020-2021 record: 7-11 (fourth in Region 5 with a 3-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 18 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Lehi, 69-24, in the 5A second round.

2021 offense: 42.9 ppg (No. 19 in 5A).

2021 defense: 50.7 ppg (No. 23 in 5A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Courtnie Porter, G, Sr.— 11.1 ppg.
  • Libby Jensen, G, Jr.— 5.9 ppg.
  • Rylan Sears, F, Sr..
  • Ella Holland, G, Sr.— 4.6 ppg.

Coach comment: Excited for the upcoming season! We have a very talented group of experienced and incoming players that are committed to each other and our basketball culture. Expecting great things from this group and, more importantly, they expect it of themselves. It’s going to be a very fun year, can’t wait to get it started.


5. Woods Cross Wildcats

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: David Simon (sixth year).

2020-2021 record: 5-14 (sixth in Region 5 with a 1-9 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 24 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Skyline, 44-37, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 33.6 ppg (No. 28 in 5A).

2021 defense: 41 ppg (No. 5 in 5A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Sofia Mokofisi, F, Sr.— 5.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg.
  • Kenna Cowley, G, Jr.— 6.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg.
  • Eliza Hoggan, G, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Georgia Hatton, F, Jr.
  • Julianna Stanger, F, Sr.

Coach comment: We are really excited about this team. They are a group that likes to play together and wants the team to succeed. They will be a team that always will compete and give their best effort.


6. Northridge Knights

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Chris Smith (10th year).

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

2021 RPI ranking: No. 16 in 6A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Herriman, 78-48, in the 6A second round.

2021 offense: 36.2 ppg (No. 23 in 6A).

2021 defense: 47.7 ppg (No. 14 in 6A).

Returning starters: Five.

Returning contributors:

  • Kaylee Hess, G, So.— 7.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg.
  • Madison Hosino, G/F Jr.— 5.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg.
  • Kate Tueller, G/F, Jr.— 6.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg.

Key newcomers:

  • Claire Bailey, F, Jr.
  • Eliza Bailey, F, Jr.

Coach comment: I’m excited for this season as we are returning the majority of our players from last season. We have high expectations for ourselves and hope to improve each and every day. If we defend, play together and stay healthy we’ll be a tough team to beat.


Region 6

1. Skyline Eagles

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Sam White (fourth year).

2020-2021 record: 16-7 (third in Region 6 with a 9-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 9 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Farmington, 50-43, in the 5A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 51.4 ppg (No. 6 in 5A).

2021 defense: 42.4 ppg (No. 10 in 5A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Tina Njike, C, Jr.— 20.5 ppg, 13.8 rpg.
  • Erica Clark, G, Sr.— 6.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg.
  • Abbi Leonard, G, So.— 5.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg.

Key newcomers:

  • Leelu Bare, G, Fr.
  • Ayla Williams, F, Fr.

Coach comment: Looking forward to this year, should be fun to see this group come together and compete. Some new faces, some veteran faces, just a good group that likes to work hard and have some fun.


2. Olympus Titans

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Whitney Jenkins (seventh year).

2020-2021 record: 19-6 (first in Region 6 with a 13-1 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 4 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Farmington, 59-39, in the 5A semifinals.

2021 offense: 54.6 ppg (No. 3 in 5A).

2021 defense: 43.9 ppg (No. 13 in 5A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Alyssa Blanck, G/F, Sr.— 18.1 ppg, 11 rpg, 2.6 apg.
  • Brooklyn Davies, G, Sr.— 6.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.9 apg.
  • Abby Topham, F/C, Jr.— 9.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg.
  • Avie Karren, G, Jr.— 2.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg.

Key newcomers:

  • Joss Baker, F, Fr.

Coach comment: Excited for the year. Have a strong group coming back and some young talent we are excited to get rolling in our program.


3. Highland Rams

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Sala Asiata (first year).

2020-2021 record: 19-5 (second in Region 6 with a 12-2 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 5 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Olympus, 49-43, in the 5A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 51 ppg (No. 7 in 5A).

2021 defense: 41.1 ppg (No. 6 in 5A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Cecilia Olevao F, C, Jr.— 7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg.
  • Sosefina Langi, G, Jr.— 10.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg.
  • Sophia Legate, G, Jr.— 9.0 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Arizana Peaua, G, Sr.
  • Mata Peaua, G/F, So.
  • Umu Tukuafu, G, So.
  • Kayla Molisi, C/F, Jr.

Coach comment: We have a great team with good talent and we are excited for the upcoming season.


4. East Leopards

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Tapasa Tapusoa (second year).

2020-2021 record: 10-14 (sixth in Region 6 with a 5-9 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 19 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Springville, 57-37, in the 5A second round.

2021 offense: 45.8 ppg (No. 12 in 5A).

2021 defense: 50.5 ppg (No. 22 in 5A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Taina Lee, G, Sr. — 14.0 ppg.
  • Mia Tarver, G, Sr. — 13.5 ppg,
  • Fane Puletau, Sr. — 5.0 ppg.
  • Olivia Tausinga, F, Soph — 8.0 ppg

Key newcomers:

  • Harisa Mehmedivic, C, Jr.

Coach comment: We have a great group of kids returning for their senior year and some up and coming young ones to contribute. Excited for the year to start.


5. Brighton Bengals

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Doug Nielson (second year).

2020-2021 record: 11-12 (tied for fourth in Region 6 with a 7-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 14 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to East, 61-38, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 47.6 ppg (No. 10 in 5A).

2021 defense: 52.3 ppg (No. 26 in 5A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Chesney Chin, Jr.— 8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg.
  • Abby Berg, Sr.— 8.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg.

Key newcomers:

  • Charlotte ONeal, F, Fr.

Coach comment: We have such a great group of kids coming back. I absolutely love coaching these guys. I’m excited to build upon last year’s success.


6. Murray Spartans

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Holly Gillette (eighth year).

2020-2021 record: 13-10 (tied for fourth in Region 6 with a 7-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 11 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Maple Mountain, 61-43, in the 5A second round.

2021 offense: 46.3 ppg (No. 11 in 5A).

2021 defense: 43.3 ppg (No. 12 in 5A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Iyana Beh, F/C, Jr.— 8.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg
  • Mia AuClaire, G, So.— 10.7 ppg
  • Alexis Rodriguez, G, Jr.
  • Abby Curtis, G/F, Sr.

Coach comment: We only return a few players with varsity experience so it will be fun to watch as players take on new roles of responsibility and leadership. This group is fast and athletic, and we have a nice balance of inside and outside play. This team works and competes hard and we are looking forward to the season.


7. Park City Miners

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Brett Isaacson (third year).

2020-2021 record: 1-16 (eighth in Region 8 with a 0-10 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 29 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Olympus, 52-37, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 26.3 ppg (No. 29 in 5A).

2021 defense: 46.9 ppg (No. 17 in 5A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Sam Riely, G — 3.9 ppg
  • Ava Kimche, G/F — 5.9 ppg
  • Kathleen Whiteley, F

Key newcomers:

  • Olivia Miller, G, Sr.
  • Josie Killen, G, Sr.
  • Julia Smith, F, Jr.

Coach comment: We are looking to build upon our strong finish from last year. We played everyone close and finally got our first-ever win in 5A league play.


Region 7

1. Tooele Buffaloes

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Randy Goss (sixth year).

2020-2021 record: 11-11 (tied for second in Region 10 with a 8-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 9 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Cedar, 37-26, in the 4A first round.

2021 offense: 33.2 ppg (No. 20 in 4A).

2021 defense: 34.7 ppg (No. 1 in 4A).

Additional info not provided.


2. Cedar Valley Aviators

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Tony Ingle (first year).

2020-2021 record: 11-11 (tied for second in Region 10 with a 8-4 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 11 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Sky View, 51-27, in the 4A second round.

2021 offense: 43.2 ppg (No. 9 in 4A).

2021 defense: 43.6 ppg (No. 6 in 4A).

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Naomi Nicholson, G, Sr. — 9.3 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Eve Schmalbeck.

3. Payson Lions

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Chad Bahr (third year).

2020-2021 record: 7-13 (sixth in Region 8 with a 4-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 22 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Murray, 38-30, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 36.9 ppg (No. 26 in 5A).

2021 defense: 45.6 ppg (No. 16 in 5A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Melissa McCauley, G, Sr. — 8.1 ppg.
  • Whitney Bahr, G, Jr. — 4.2 ppg.
  • Kam Meek, G, Jr. — 4.1 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Krista Rowley, F, Sr.
  • Abby Hales, F, Sr.
  • Emma Sorenson, F, Jr.
  • Natalie Cox, C, Jr.

Coach comment: We had a very successful offseason in terms of winning, now we will do our best to apply it to the real season. With many players returning with varsity experience we should be extremely competitive. We are very excited to take the next step in our development.


4. Hillcrest Huskies

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Matteo Dalmonte (second year).

2020-2021 record: 2-20 (seventh in Region 6 with a 2-12 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 25 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Bountiful, 63-35, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 36 ppg (No. 27 in 5A).

2021 defense: 59.7 ppg (No. 29 in 5A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Olivia Backus, G, Jr. — 9.2 ppg.
  • Amanda Desjardins, G, Sr. — 4.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg.
  • Grace Pruden, G, Sr. — 4.7 ppg.
  • Alycea McVey, C, Sr. — 5.3 ppg.
  • Madison Sluga, G, Sr. — 2.2 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Avery Backus, G, Fr.
  • Sarah Pruden, G, So.

Coach comment: We have made a lot of exciting progress this offseason and in early season practices, I am very excited for our team to compete against new region competition and see more success than we did last year.


5. Stansbury Stallions

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Brittany Davies (third year).

2020-2021 record: 7-15 (sixth in Region 10 with a 4-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 19 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Uintah, 38-23, in the 4A first round.

2021 offense: 41.1 ppg (No. 16 in 4A).

2021 defense: 45.8 ppg (No. 11 in 4A).

Returning starters: Five.

Returning contributors:

  • Ainsley Thurber, G/F, Sr. — 8.4 ppg.
  • Epa Tia, G/F, Sr. — 11.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg.
  • Sarah Gatluak, F/C, Sr. — 9.4 ppg.
  • Tailor Palmer, F, Jr.
  • Brooke Jensen, G, So.

Key newcomers:

  • Reagan Richins, G, Jr.

Coach comment: Looking forward to a new beginning and a chance to come together and play more team basketball this year. This group has a lot to prove and we’re excited for them to have a chance to prove themselves as a threat in 5A.


6. Uintah Utes

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: John Elison (first year).

2020-2021 record: 8-14 (tied for fourth in Region 10 with a 5-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 14 in 4A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Ridgeline, 52-43, in the 4A second round.

2021 offense: 42.2 ppg (No. 12 in 4A).

2021 defense: 41.6 ppg (No. 5 in 4A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Jordan Woodford, G, Sr. — 12.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 spg.
  • Lavina Rodd-Caloca, G, Sr. — 2.8 ppg.
  • Ella Wright, G, Sr. — 2.1 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Kyrsten Bake, C, Jr.
  • Acy Rae Cornpeach, G, Sr.
  • McKenzie White, G, So.

Coach comment: Hopeful about a region championship. Great core of girls with a CMU commit in Jordan Woodford. Should be an exciting year.


7. Cottonwood Colts

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Tes Soracco (second year).

2020-2021 record: 4-16 (eighth in Region 6 with a 1-13 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 26 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Timpview, 66-40, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 41.3 ppg (No. 23 in 5A).

2021 defense: 51.1 ppg (No. 24 in 5A).

Additional info not provided.


Region 8

1. Lehi Pioneers

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Sean Seastrand (second year).

2020-2021 record: 20-4 (first in Region 7 with a 11-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 2 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Springville, 49-42, in the 5A semifinals.

2021 offense: 52.3 ppg (No. 5 in 5A).

2021 defense: 37.4 ppg (No. 3 in 5A).

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Jamisyn Heaton, G/F, Sr. — 9.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg.
  • Maci Wall, G/F, Sr. — 3.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg.
  • Sammi Love, G, So.

Key newcomers:

  • Brooklyn Wiltbank, G, Sr
  • Savannah Jones, G, Sr.
  • Tera Smith, G/F, Sr.
  • Addy Scrivner, G, So.

Coach comment: Totally new look this year from Lehi with several four-year varsity players moving on from last year’s team. So overall we’re a bit inexperienced but we’re still skilled and play tough defense. Looking forward to watching this group develop and come together. We’ve got a good mix of seniors and younger players that are anxious to prove themselves.


2. Timpview Thunderbirds

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Haley Steed (first year).

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

2021 RPI ranking: No. 7 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Lehi, 46-43, in the 5A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 60.3 ppg (No. 1 in 5A).

2021 defense: 47.3 ppg (No. 18 in 5A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Hinemoa Aston, G — 8.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg.
  • Katie Hansen, G — 6.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg.

Coach comment: I’m excited about this group. We have a very gritty and hard-working team. We are going to get after it on defense. I’m excited to see who steps up for us.


3. Jordan Beetdiggers

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Tallon Robertson (fifth year).

2020-2021 record: 12-9 (fourth in Region 3 with a 4-6 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 10 in 6A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Skyridge, 55-30, in the 6A second round.

2021 offense: 49.4 ppg (No. 11 in 6A).

2021 defense: 48.4 ppg (No. 16 in 6A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Edna Niumeitolu, G, Sr. — 5.0 ppg.
  • Lea Afu, F, Jr. — 9.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg.
  • Fui Niumeitolu, G, So. — 8.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg.

Key newcomers:

  • Elle Jacobson, G, Jr.
  • Lele Liava’a, G, So.

4. Alta Hawks

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Lizzy Gustafson (seventh year).

2020-2021 record: 8-13 (sixth in Region 7 with a 3-8 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 23 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Viewmont, 55-30, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 43.7 ppg (No. 17 in 5A).

2021 defense: 50.2 ppg (No. 20 in 5A).

Additional info not provided.


5. Mountain View Bruins

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Gentry Dickerson (third year).

2020-2021 record: 10-13 (tied for fourth in Region 7 with a 5-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 20 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Olympus, 51-38, in the 5A second round.

2021 offense: 41.6 ppg (No. 20 in 5A).

2021 defense: 44.6 ppg (No. 14 in 5A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Kate Shirts, G, So. — 2.8 ppg.
  • Lilikoi Sugutruaga, F, Jr. — 4.9 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Skylar Paxman, G, Sr.
  • Tevai Fisiipeau, G, Sr.
  • Shayleigh McArthur, F/C, Sr.
  • Emmy Huff, G, Sr.

Coach comment: We lost a lot of key players through moves, injuries and graduating. We are a brand new team with minimal experience but lots of fire under our belts. Excited to see the girls come together in a new way than we have before to find success.


6. Orem Tigers

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Jeremy Main (first year).

2020-2021 record: 10-14 (third in Region 7 with a 7-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 16 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Farmington, 49-33, in the 5A second round.

2021 offense: 43.3 ppg (No. 18 in 5A).

2021 defense: 51.2 ppg (No. 25 in 5A).

Returning starters: Four.

Returning contributors:

  • Bricia Hendry, G, Sr. — 7.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.8 spg.
  • Gabby Goo, F/C, Sr. — 6.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg.
  • Rayli Galeai, F, So. — 7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg.
  • Cami Ofahengaue, G, Jr. — 4.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.3 apg.

Key newcomers:

  • Ady Hiatt, G, Fr.
  • Monica Wilson, G, Jr.
  • London Richards, G, Sr.

Coach comment: We are excited about this season and the depth of experience we have on this team. With a few returning players that have three years of varsity experience combined with an enthusiastic and skilled younger group of girls, we are looking to compete at a high level.


7. Timpanogos Timberwolves

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Todd Granthem (second year).

2020-2021 record: 8-11 (tied for fourth in Region 7 with a 5-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 21 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Highland, 47-30, in the 5A second round.

2021 offense: 43.9 ppg (No. 16 in 5A).

2021 defense: 49.5 ppg (No. 19 in 5A).

Returning starters: Two.

Returning contributors:

  • Summer Christensen, G, Jr. — 14.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 4.0 spg.
  • Tessa Newell, G, Sr. — 2.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg.
  • Elizabeth Owens, F/C, Sr. — 2.7 ppg. 3.5 rpg.
  • Raygan Peterson, G, Jr. — 5.3 ppg.
  • Katie Walker, G, Jr. — 10.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 spg.

Coach comment: This year will continue the progress we have seen over the past couple of years. With multiple returning players along with strong incoming players we are looking for a fun season this year.


Region 9

1. Maple Mountain Golden Eagles

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Cory Green (13th year).

2020-2021 record: 14-7 (second in Region 8 with a 9-3 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 6 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Springville, 54-43, in the 5A quarterfinals.

2021 offense: 48.8 ppg (No. 8 in 5A).

2021 defense: 42.6 ppg (No. 11 in 5A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Sheridan Liggett, G, Sr. — 14.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.0 apg.
  • Katy Smith, G, Sr.
  • Grace Knudsen, G, Sr. — 4.3 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Siale Unufe, C, Jr.
  • Jaynee Tanner, F, So.
  • Anni Vorkink, G, Sr.

Coach comment: With some key seniors graduating, we have some work ahead of us. We are however very excited for our incoming group of players and look forward to helping them continue to develop our team with our returning contributors.


2. Salem Hills Skyhawks

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Taylor Jones (second year).

2020-2021 record: 11-12 (fifth in Region 8 with a 6-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 13 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Mountain View, 48-43, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 40.1 ppg (No. 24 in 5A).

2021 defense: 41.1 ppg (No. 7 in 5A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Brekell Gammell, F, Sr. — 5.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg.
  • Cassidy Wilson, G, Sr. — 3.7 ppg.
  • Macklyn Mortensen, G, Sr. — 11.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 spg.

Key newcomers:

  • Madi King, G/F, So.
  • Chenielle Nye, F, Fr.
  • Asia Jones, G, Jr.

Coach comment: Return key players from last year and we are excited with the talent that we’ve added to our team. Will miss senior leadership and experience from last year, but have a good core group that play well together and will compete every single game.


3. Springville Red Devils

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Holli Averett (third year).

2020-2021 record: 22-2 (first in Region 8 with a 13-0 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 3 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Beat Farmington, 39-38, in the 5A championship.

2021 offense: 48.5 ppg (No. 9 in 5A).

2021 defense: 30.9 ppg (No. 1 in 5A).

Returning starters: Two

Returning contributors:

  • Ellie Esplin, G, Jr. — 7.3 ppg, 2.2 apg, 2.0 spg.
  • Kayla Porray, G, Jr. — 5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.5 apg.

4. Wasatch Wasps

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Audrey Hull (first year).

2020-2021 record: 9-12 (fourth in Region 8 with a 7-7 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 15 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Bonneville, 51-37, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 37.1 ppg (No. 25 in 5A).

2021 defense: 39.1 ppg (No. 4 in 5A).

Returning starters: Three.

Returning contributors:

  • Chiarra Searre, F, Sr. — 9.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg.
  • Kinsley Schultz, G, Sr. — 3.2 ppg.
  • Ava Pulphiser, G/F Sr. — 2.1 ppg.
  • Grace Wunder, G, Sr.
  • Elizabeth Anthony, G, Sr.
  • Taylor Tustian, G, Sr.

Key newcomers:

  • Ashley Garner
  • Katy Perry, G, Jr.
  • Liz Huston, G, Jr.

Coach comment: We are looking forward to the season. We know we play in a tough region and want to be in the running to win the region championship. Our team plays hard and scraps. If we stay healthy we hope to be In state contention.


5. Provo Bulldogs

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Amanda Barker (fifth year).

2020-2021 record: 11-9 (third in Region 8 with a 8-5 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 12 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Timpanogos, 39-32, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 44.7 ppg (No. 15 in 5A).

2021 defense: 41.3 ppg (No. 8 in 5A).

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6. Spanish Fork Dons

2021-22 schedule

Head coach: Brynlie Nielsen (first year).

2020-2021 record: 3-17 (seventh in Region 8 with a 3-10 record).

2021 RPI ranking: No. 27 in 5A.

2021 postseason: Lost to Maple Mountain, 50-37, in the 5A first round.

2021 offense: 41.4 ppg (No. 22 in 5A).

2021 defense: 54.7 ppg (No. 28 in 5A).

Returning starters: One.

Returning contributors:

  • Staci Lomenick, F, Sr. — 10.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg.
  • Allie Branch, G, Sr. — 4.2 ppg.

Key newcomers:

  • Emmie Olson, G, Sr.
  • Haydn McMillan, F, Sr.
  • Brynn Anderson, G, Jr.
  • Libby Shaheen, G, Jr.

Coach comment: Optimistic and ready to go.