When we decided to pick preseason all-state basketball teams for boys and girls for 2012-13, I admit I was a bit hesitant.
There are so many great players out there — from every classification across the entire state — and we could only pick 10 girls (five first-team, five second-team) and 10 boys. It’s difficult enough making the post-season all-state selections, but at least then you’ve got actual numbers and performances to consider.
But I jumped on board and took on the responsibility for coming up with the girls team. There were three obvious choices, to me — Brittany McPhee of Mount Rainier (Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011-12 and a Seattle Times first-team all-state choice), Brooke Pahukoa of Lake Stevens (second-team all-state selection last season) and Kelsey Moos of Reardan (Arizona State commit).
Then I had a long list of others I felt were deserving of first- or second-team consideration. I whittled it down, moved players back and forth and finally came up with the list that ran in Wednesday’s paper (and on our website), which you can find here.
But there were several other players I felt were almost equally deserving for at least the second-team honor. So, I decided to put together an unofficial “Third Team” and then for good measure I added five more honorable mentions. Sure, a case could be made for others, but I had to stop someplace!
I look forward to following all of the players and it will be interesting to see who plays their way onto the post-seson teams.
So, here you go:
Pos Player School Ht. Yr.
G Jade Redmon Mead 5-8 Sr.
Four-year starter (Eastern) has speed, strength and plays with cool confidence.
G Kelli Kingma Jackson 5-9 Jr.
UW commit (as a soph) is known for her 3s, but delivers in many other ways.
G Jordan McPhee Mount Rainier 5-10 Jr.
When not feeding twin sister Brittany, Jordan is a handful in her own-right.
G Brittney Pahukoa Lake Stevens 5-7 Sr.
Don’t sleep on Brooke’s twin (Boise State), who has raised her game.
G Kaylee Best Lakeside 5-6 Sr.
Three-sport athlete (Seattle U for basketball) is one of state’s top defenders.
Honorable mention – Kennedy Hobert, White River; Delaney Hodgins, Chiawana; MyMy Ladd, Cleveland; Makayla Roper, Cleveland; Mariah Swanson, Burlington-Edison.