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December 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Preseason girls basketball all-state teams

The easy part about putting together all-state teams at this point is that there are tons of great candidates to choose from.

And that’s the hard part, too. There are so many really good players to choose from. Even deciding where to draw the line, between the first and seconds, is agonzing.

When all is said and done, the final all-state selections will be based on the way each player performed. Kids can definitely play their way into — or out of — the top-10.

And the good news is that we ulimately pick 11 girls, including the Player Of The Year (plus five on first team and five on second). Not sure when or why we started that because The Times traditionally sticks with teams you can put on the court (our Star Times teams will include only five girls and five boys from our coverage area).

I’ve got 10 other players written down that just as easily could have been part of the preseason top-10 as some who did make it, and that’s just scratching the surface. But again there are just tough cuts to make.

One side-note — I am pretty sure top-ranked Lynnwood will have a player (or two) on the first or second team when all is said and done. But the Royals have too many to choose from at this point, in my book (led by Mikayla Pivec and Jasmin Edwards, for starters), so right now


First Team

Pos      Player                                    School                       Ht.       Yr.

F          Brittany McPhee                     Mount Rainier             6-0       Sr.

Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year is special enough all-around for Stanford.


G         Kelli Kingma                           Jackson                        5-9       Sr.

When healthy, savvy guard (Washington commit) is as good as they get. 

W        Chandler Smith                        Brewster                      6-1       Sr.

Small-school prospect hasn’t gone unnoticed – she’s signed with big-time Nebraska.

G         Makala Roper                          Cleveland                    5-8       Sr.

Clutch shooter (U-C Santa Barbara) takes aim at another 3A state crown.

P          Otiona Gildon                         Gonzaga Prep              6-0       Jr.

Major D-I recruit is a double-double threat every time she takes the floor.



Second Team


Pos        Player                                                School                              Ht.        Yr.

G         Sira Toure                                Kamiakin                     5-8       Sr.

Strong, athletic player (Weber State) creates mismatches, then exploits them.


G/P      Aubrey Ward-El                     Skyview                      5-9       Sr.

San Diego gets a gifted athlete who knows how to deliver when it counts. 

G         Delany Junkermier                  Mead                           6-0       Sr.

Pure shooter (Montana State) scores in multiple ways and loves the open court.

G         Sidney Rielly                          Everett                          6-0       Sr.

Santa Clara commit delivers plenty of points and passes dimes.


G/W    Taylor Farris                            Renton                         5-11     Sr.

Four-year veteran (U-C Santa Barbara) ready to up her game again.

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