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March 16, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Which girls teams can contend in 08-09?

As I did with the boys on Thursday, it’s time to take a look at what girls teams figure to contend for basketball championships next winter. With this year’s 3A champ moving up to 4A, next year should be interesting.

4A

Lewis & Clark. Seriously? Yes, seriously. The back-to-back-to-back champs return four of their six top scorers, includinig junior Jeneva Anderson. We could be talking about a four-peat next year. But the Tigers will have to deal with…

Auburn Riverside. The Ravens are moving up to 4A, and they will look menacing once again. Katie Grad leaves but the system stays, as do Nichole Jackson, Mercedes Wetmore and Kathleen Cooper.

Moses Lake. There’s no reason to think, with 6-5 junior Carly Noyes and guards Kelly Sutherland and Jordan Loera returning, that the runner-up Chiefs can’t be the same force in next year’s tournament.

Kentwood. Star Times pick Lindsey Moore returns with Jessi Genger, Amanda Thomson and Kylie Huerta to give Auburn Riverside a run in the SPSL North (which Kentwood went undefeated in this season). Can you tell yet that 4A is going to be a heck of a tournament next year?

Others to watch: Snohomish, Roosevelt, Bellarmine Prep.

3A

Kennedy. The Lancers, the 3A runner-ups, return all of their starters and all but one player on this season’s team. Leading scorer Yasmine Fuller is only a sophomore. The Lancers more than likely will be the favorites next season.

Lakeside. The Metro champs have all but one of their top nine scorers coming back next season, including junior forward Morgan Merriman.

Ferndale. The Golden Eagles were the surprise champs of the Northwest District, but they won’t surprise anyone next year. Four of their top five scorers leave after this season, but 6-foot junior Ashley Honeycutt returns, as does freshman Ericka Locker.

Others to watch: West Valley (Yakima), Bainbridge, Issaquah.

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