Standard-Examiner 2014 All-Area Girls Basketball Team

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Standard-Examiner 2014 All-Area Girls Basketball team

First team selections

Amanda Wayment, MVP

School: Fremont

Year: Senior

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-1

On the court: Wayment, a two-year starter and two-time All-Area selection who has signed with BYU, averaged 15.0 points (season-high 25 versus Syracuse) on 50.0 percent shooting and 64.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals.



Coach Lisa Dalebout’s comments: “Amanda has been a major impact player every year she has played at Fremont. Some people come into a program and make it better while they are there. But Amanda, through all her hard work and dedication, has put our program on a different level for years to come. Her expectations affected everyone on the team; she inspired everybody to be more committed and tough through her example. Amanda never missed a summer workout, came to everything we did as a team and always put forth her greatest effort.”

Jaden Anderson

School: Layton

Year: Senior

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-2

On the court: Anderson, a two-year starter, averaged 12.5 points (season-high 26 versus Syracuse) on 51.0 percent shooting — one 3-pointer — and 73.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.7 blocks for the Lancers (19-3 overall, 11-1 Region 1).

Coach Van Price’s comments: “Jaden was our most consistent scorer this season. She was a power scorer with a power drop step and drew a lot of double teams, which opened up a lot of other people. Jaden has always been reserved and quiet — almost passive — and she just evolved. She got the competitiveness into herself and liked winning. Jaden was our most improved player the last two seasons, and I don’t think she has reached her full potential. She is an overachiever who is trying to become that star athlete. Jaden has to work harder than other people, which she is doing, and has a good mid-range shot.”

Sarah Beecher

School: Davis

Year: Senior

Positions: Shooting guard/point guard

Height: 5-foot-9

On the court: Beecher averaged 11.0 points (season-high 28 versus Bountiful) on 46.0 percent shooting — 34.0 percent on 3-point attempts (17 3s) — and 82.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 3.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.3 steals for the Darts (11-12 overall, 6-6 Region 1), who advanced to the state 5-A quarterfinals.

Coach Anne Jones’ comments: “Sarah was the heart and soul of a young and inexperienced team. She provided us with leadership and energy, playing an aggressive up-tempo style of ball. Sarah is a competitor and there is no quit in her. She is a tremendous athlete who has great speed and quickness, and most games would guard the other team’s best perimeter player. Even though Sarah was our only senior this season, she will be extremely hard to replace. We will miss all the little things Sarah does for us as a team.”

Rashel Blazzard

School: Morgan

Year: Senior

Position: Point guard

Height: 5-foot-6

On the court: Blazzard, a two-year starter — she played some as a freshman — and two-time All-Area selection who missed her junior season after an ACL injury in the first game, averaged 18.7 points (season-high 31 versus Union) on 46.0 percent shooting — 39.0 percent on 3-point attempts (51 3s) — and 78.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 3.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 4.0 steals for the Trojans (23-2 overall, 8-0 Region 10).

Coach Brad Matthews’ comments: “Rashel had an outstanding senior year. She led the team in scoring, assists and steals and was a great team captain. Rashel was always one of the first in the gym and the last to leave. She was constantly striving to better herself as a basketball player, and it showed in how she played the game. I enjoy coaching players who love to win, and Rashel was one of those players. She hates to lose at anything.”

McKenzie Burrows

School: Fremont

Year: Senior

Position: Point guard

Height: 5-foot-8

On the court: Burrows, a two-year starter who has signed with USU Eastern, averaged 5.2 points (season-high 18 versus Northridge) on 40.0 percent shooting — 37.0 percent on 3-point attempts (17 3s) — and 84.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 1.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals for the Silver Wolves (23-2 overall, 11-1 Region 1).

Coach Lisa Dalebout’s comments: “McKenzie is, by far, one of the best leaders and point guards who I have ever had the privilege of coaching. Her ability to lead and be an example to her teammates is impressive, but it was only possible because of her own level of commitment to improve as a player and as a person. McKenzie became a student of the game, seeking out ways of improving and learning the game every day. She has spent countless hours in the offseason improving her shooting, ball handling, strength and conditioning.”

Kayla Eilertson

School: Bonneville

Year: Senior

Positions: Small forward/power forward

Height: 6-foot-3

On the court: Eilertson, a three-year starter and two-time All-Area selection, averaged 8.4 points (season-high 17 versus Box Elder) on 33.0 percent shooting — 23.9 percent on 3-point attempts (16 3s) — and 69.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.3 blocks for the Lakers (19-4 overall, 11-1 Region 5).

Coach Mike Russell’s comments: “Kayla has had a great four-year career for us and has been a vital part of our teams’ success the past three seasons, specifically. She is the most versatile player that I’ve coached, largely due to her length and skill set. Kayla created match-up problems for most every team we played, and created havoc for the opposing team’s best shooter because of her length and ability to block shots. Along with being a great player, Kayla is even more of a special person.”

Breanna Hurlbut

School: Morgan

Year: Senior

Positions: Small forward/shooting guard/power forward

Height: 5-foot-8

On the court: Hurlbut, a two-year starter, averaged 12.2 points (season-high 20 versus Uintah and Union) on 51.0 percent shooting — 40.0 percent on 3-point attempts (15 3s) — and 58.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.2 steals for the state 3-A runner-up Trojans.

Coach Brad Matthews’ comments: “Breanna is one of those players who coaches dream about having on their team. Never gets outworked, always working on getting better and likes to do the little things in games that might go unnoticed, but helps the team win in the end. Breanna led our team in offensive rebounds, and was one of our lockdown defenders. Her attitude of toughness and grit, as well as positive interaction with her teammates, made her an ideal two-year captain. Breanna led the team by example on and off the court.”

Kaitlyn Hurley

School: Roy

Year: Senior

Position: Point guard

Height: 5-foot-8

On the court: Hurley, a four-year starter and three-time All-Area selection, averaged 18.3 points (season-high 35 versus Box Elder) on 34.0 percent shooting — 37.0 percent on 3-point attempts (49 3s) — and 88.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 3.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.2 steals for the Royals (14-8 overall, 6-6 Region 5), who advanced to the state 4-A tournament.

Coach Brock Randall’s comments: “Kaitlyn has been the core of our basketball program for four years. Her work ethic on and off the floor is something you don’t see very often today. Kaitlyn has spent countless hours alone on the court. She understand the value of hard work. Kaitlyn has broken records, inspired coaches and teammates and helped establish a bar for work ethic in our program. Her history, reputation and success will live on in our program. I will miss Kaitlyn and what she stands for greatly.”

Caitlyn Larsen

School: Viewmont

Year: Senior

Positions: Point guard/shooting guard/small forward

Height: 5-foot-11

On the court: Larsen, a four-year starter who has signed with BYU for women’s softball and may also play basketball, averaged 18.5 points (season-high 28 versus Brighton and Weber) on 40.1 percent shooting — 34.8 percent on 3-point attempts (31 3s) — and 65.6 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.9 steals for the Vikings (12-11 overall, 5-7 Region 1), who advanced to the state 5-A tournament.

Coach Clint Straatman’s comments: “Caitlyn was an all-around great team player. Whatever we needed her to do, she would get it done. Caitlyn was an aggressive team scorer and an amazing passer, and was willing to do so. She really developed as a team leader, while being a three-year team captain. Caitlyn will be hard to replace. She led the 5-A classification in scoring two straight years.”

Shelbee Molen

School: Fremont

Year: Junior

Positions: Shooting guard/point guard

Height: 5-foot-11

On the court: Molen, a two-year starter and BYU commit, averaged 16.7 points (season-high 33 versus Brighton) on 46.0 percent shooting — 52.0 percent on 3-point attempts (72 3s) — and 86.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 2.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals for the state 5-A champion Silver Wolves.

Coach Lisa Dalebout’s comments: “Shelbee is one of the best all-around players, in all aspects of the game, who I have coached. She has skills way beyond her years due to the fact that she spends hours and hours in the gym perfecting her craft. Shelbee is a pure shooter who has a natural feel for the game. She sees the floor well and passes the ball better than most. Shelbee is unselfish and looks to set her teammates up to score and be successful. She worked hard every possession of the game on both sides of the floor.”

Alyssa Park

School: Bear River

Year: Junior

Positions: Shooting guard/point guard/small forward

Height: 5-foot-11

On the court: Park, a three-year starter, averaged 17.0 points (season-high 25 versus Tooele) on 45.0 percent shooting — 46.0 percent on 3-point attempts (58 3s) — and 78.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 3.5 steals for the Bears (15-8 overall, 7-1 Region 11), who advanced to the state 3-A tournament.

Coach Van Park’s comments: “Alyssa was our team leader with the team looking to her for leadership and confidence. As teams keyed on Alyssa, she had to work extra hard to get open and also found a myriad of different ways to score. Alyssa is an incredibly hard worker, both on the court — where she never takes a play off — and in the classroom. Alyssa is a gym rat; the happiest when she is in the gym. Growing up in the gym has made Alyssa a real student of the game.”

Cortney Porter

School: Bonneville

Year: Senior

Position: Point guard

Height: 5-foot-9

On the court: Porter, a three-year starter and two-time All-Area selection who has signed with the U.S. Air Force Academy, averaged 14.1 points (season-high 33 versus Logan) on 37.0 percent shooting — 28.1 percent on 3-point attempts (34 3s) — and 56.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 5.1 rebounds, a state-leading 7.0 assists and 3.7 steals for the Lakers, who advanced to the state 4-A quarterfinals.

Coach Mike Russell’s comments: “I’ve seen the best teams in the state and Cortney is, without question, the best point guard our state has to offer. Her size, strength, vision and IQ allow her to take and maintain control of any game in a way that our team needs her to. Cortney does things that can’t be measured or charted on a stat sheet — the intangibles. She is a special player and an even more special person.”

Kennedy Redding

School: Bountiful

Year: Sophomore

Positions: Power forward/center

Height: 6-foot-4

On the court: Redding averaged 18.4 points (season-high 34 versus Judge Memorial) on 46.0 percent shooting and 68.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 12.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.8 blocks for the Braves (15-8 overall, 12-2 Region 6), who advanced to the state 4-A quarterfinals.

Coach Joel Burton’s comments: “This was Kennedy’s first year playing high school basketball. She had to learn how to handle a team throwing two and three girls at her. Kennedy got better and better at quicker moves and finding her open teammate. She has a desire to keep getting better, and her work ethic has already brought Kennedy a long ways but will carry her much farther. In the state tournament, we saw her make some moves that we didn’t even know she could do. Kennedy is a difference maker on both ends of the floor.”

Maddi Smith

School: Layton

Year: Senior

Position: Small forward

Height: 5-foot-9

On the court: Smith, a three-year starter and two-time All-Area selection, averaged 11.7 points (season-high 22 versus Bingham and Bountiful) on 34.0 percent shooting — 27.7 percent on 3-point attempts (18 3s) — and 66.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.4 steals for the Lancers, who advanced to the state 5-A tournament.

Coach Van Price’s comments: “Maddi was our most physical player, our best defender and nearly our leading scorer. She was the cog who made the wheels go. When Maddi played well, we blew teams out. We relied more on her for defense, but Maddi’s offense separated us from other teams in our league. She was our lockdown defender who we put on the other team’s best guard. Maddi can bring everything to a game — score, post up, step out and shoot the 3-pointer, make big free throws and defend.”

Elizabeth Toman

School: St. Joseph

Year: Senior

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-1

On the court: Toman, a three-year starter and two-time All-Area selection who has signed with Colorado School of Mines, averaged 12.7 points (season-high 24 versus Layton Christian) on 46.0 percent shooting and 52.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals for the Jayhawks (21-3 overall, 10-0 Region 18).

Coach Shane Reinhard’s comments: “Liz has always been a vocal leader. She never shies away from communicating to her teammates on the floor or on the bench. Liz’s passion for the sport of basketball has made others better around her. She was one of the best centers in the state, dominating the glass and scoring inside and out. Demanding attention wherever she roams on the floor, Liz is a force. The great thing about Liz is she can be effective without scoring. When she draws attention from double- and triple-teams, Liz is a willing passer.”

Mady White

School: St. Joseph

Year: Junior

Position: Point guard

Height: 5-foot-2

On the court: White, a three-year starter, averaged 11.4 points (season-high 20 versus Rich) on 44.0 percent shooting — 25.0 percent on 3-point attempts (32 3s) — and 70.0 percent free throw shooting. She also averaged 2.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 4.8 steals for the Jayhawks, who finished fourth at the state 1-A tournament.

Coach Shane Reinhard’s comments: “Mady is a competitor who leads by example. Coming in as a freshman, she was effective at the very beginning of her career. Mady might not be the most athletic, most gifted or most talented, but her intangibles are worth so much more than anything else. Even in injury toward the end of the season, Mady played with even more heart and leadership. Her anticipation on the court makes Mady a creative player who is effective on both sides of the floor. We are lucky to have her back again next season to lead the team.”

Second Team

Cassidy Anderson

School: Layton

Year: Senior

Position: Point guard

Height: 5-foot-8

Note: Averaged 6.2 points (season-high 13 versus Viewmont), 3.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.0 steals with eight 3-pointers

Jessica Bischoff

School: St. Joseph

Year: Senior

Position: Power forward

Height: 5-foot-8

Note: Averaged 2.9 points (season-high 11 versus Wayne), 4.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.5 steals

Jessica Carter

School: Morgan

Year: Junior

Position: Power forward

Height: 5-foot-11

Note: Averaged 9.1 points (season-high 21 versus Park City), 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.5 steals with 30 3-pointers

Tianna Dougher

School: Bountiful

Year: Senior

Positions: Shooting guard/small forward

Height: 5-foot-7

Note: Averaged 14.4 points (season-high 34 versus East), 7.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.8 steals with nine 3-pointers

Bailey Douglas

School: Clearfield

Year: Junior

Positions: Small forward/power forward

Height: 5-foot-8

Note: Averaged 12.1 points (season-high 25 versus East), 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.7 steals with 23 3-pointers for the Falcons (5-16 overall, 4-10 Region 6)

Leanza Driscoll

School: Ben Lomond

Year: Senior

Positions: Shooting guard/point guard/small forward

Height: 5-foot-9

Note: Averaged 7.1 points (season-high 14 versus Layton Christian), 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.7 blocks with 14 3-pointers for the Scots (1-19 overall, 0-8 Region 11)

Brittley Eldredge

School: Northridge

Year: Senior

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot

Note: Averaged 7.0 points (season-high 21 versus Syracuse), 10.2 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 2.0 steals with six double-doubles for the Knights (5-16 overall, 1-11 Region 1)

Sam Filiaga

School: Bonneville

Year: Sophomore

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-1

Note: Averaged 5.4 points (season-high 12 versus Box Elder), 4.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.0 steals

Terrell Fridal

School: Bear River

Year: Senior

Position: Center

Height: 5-foot-8

Note: Averaged 7.0 points (season-high 19 versus Stansbury), 6.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 2.4 steals

Demi Hamblin

School: Syracuse

Year: Junior

Positions: Center/power forward

Height: 5-foot-11

Note: Averaged 9.6 points (season-high 19 versus Weber), 8.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks for the Titans (9-13 overall, 5-7 Region 1)

Harley Hansen

School: Fremont

Year: Sophomore

Position: Small forward

Height: 5-foot-9

Note: Averaged 7.3 points (season-high 14 versus Bingham and American Fork), 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 3.5 steals with three 3-pointers

Amanda Higgs

School: St. Joseph

Year: Junior

Position: Shooting guard

Height: 5-foot-4

Note: Averaged 8.9 points (season-high 19 versus West Ridge), 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals with 51 3-pointers

Heather Martin-Chan

School: Layton Christian

Year: Freshman

Position: Point guard

Height: 4-foot-11

Note: Averaged 8.2 points (season-high 26 versus Merit Academy) in 14 reported games with nine 3-pointers for the Eagles (2-18 overall, 2-8 Region 14)

Taylor Moore

School: Layton

Year: Senior

Position: Shooting guard

Height: 5-foot-7

Note: Averaged 6.5 points (season-high 14 versus Alta and Syracuse), 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals with 36 3-pointers

Xena Motes

School: Ogden

Year: Junior

Positions: Shooting guard/small forward

Height: 5-foot-9

Note: Averaged 10.3 points (season-high 19 versus Tooele), 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals with 31 3-pointers for the Tigers (4-15 overall, 1-11 Region 5)

Kayley Neilson

School: Davis

Year: Junior

Positions: Point guard/shooting guard

Height: 5-foot-8

Note: Averaged 9.1 points (season-high 21 versus Clearfield), 1.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals with 35 3-pointers

Abigail O’Neill

School: Weber

Year: Junior

Positions: Shooting guard/small forward/power forward

Height: 5-foot-8

Note: Averaged 10.3 points (season-high 22 versus Layton), 6.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals with four 3-pointers and five double-doubles for the Warriors (4-18 overall, 3-9 Region 1)

Aubree Porter

School: Roy

Year: Senior

Position: Shooting guard

Height: 5-foot-8

Note: Averaged 11.3 points (season-high 22 versus Sky View), 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.8 steals with 44 3-pointers

Aubree Riddle

School: Woods Cross

Year: Senior

Positions: Shooting guard/small forward

Height: 5-foot-10

Note: Averaged 13.1 points (season-high 22 versus Clearfield), 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists with 27 3-pointers for the Wildcats (7-15 overall, 6-8 Region 6), who advanced to the state 4-A tournament

Tamika Rodriguez

School: Bear River

Year: Sophomore

Position: Point guard

Height: 5-foot-6

Note: Averaged 6.2 points (season-high 14 versus Stansbury), 1.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.0 steals with 18 3-pointers

Kealani Sagapolu

School: Fremont

Year: Senior

Position: Power forward

Height: 5-foot-11

Note: Averaged 5.9 points (season-high 12 versus Sky View and Viewmont), 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.9 steals

Keslee Stevenson

School: Box Elder

Year: Freshman

Position: Shooting guard

Height: 5-foot-10

Note: Averaged 17.1 points (season-high 37 versus Roy), 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.2 steals with 23 3-pointers for the Bees (6-14 overall, 2-10 Region 5)

Abby Toller

School: Bonneville

Year: Senior

Position: Power forward

Height: 5-foot-10

Note: Averaged 6.0 points (season-high 13 versus Sky View and Davis), 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.4 steals

Katie Toole

School: Viewmont

Year: Junior

Positions: Shooting guard/small forward

Height: 5-foot-11

Note: Averaged 15.5 points (season-high 29 versus Brighton), 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals with eight 3-pointers

Lisa VanCampen

School: Morgan

Year: Senior

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-1

Note: Averaged 9.0 points (season-high 18 versus Tooele), 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.6 steals and 3.2 blocks with two 3-pointers

Honorable Mention

The following players contributed to their respective team’s success during the 2013-14 season and deserve honorable mention for their efforts:

Bear River — Kenzi Summers, sophomore, forward/center; Taryn Stevenson, senior, forward; Jenny Bitner, sophomore, guard/forward; Jordan Fitting, junior, guard/forward.

Ben Lomond — Nathaly Chaverry, senior, center; Alexis Harris, junior, guard; Kyra Mathews, senior, forward; Bronte Blanchard, sophomore, forward.

Bonneville — Mykel Davis, junior, forward; Savanna Shaw, sophomore, guard; Shayla Simpson, junior, guard/forward; Hannah Shore, sophomore, guard.

Bountiful — Amy Chidester, sophomore, guard; Christina Plank, senior, guard; Charity Cole, senior, center; Love Tukuafu, sophomore, center.

Box Elder — Casey Quayle, junior, forward; Alexia Barlow, senior, center; Brittney Bowers, junior, guard.

Clearfield — Tayley Stoddart, senior, guard; Baylee Patterson, senior, guard; Kacey Bolingbroke, senior, guard; Lexi Taylor, senior, forward.

Davis — McKenzie Day, junior, forward; Meaghan David, junior, guard/forward; McKinlay Otterson, sophomore, forward/center.

Fremont — Sydnee Ward, senior, guard/forward; Maryah Tipping, junior, center; Melanie Graves, sophomore, guard; Rylee Thompson, junior, center.

Layton — Megan Short, senior, forward; Makiya Givens, senior, guard; Sunnie Martinez, sophomore, guard; Hailey Bassett, sophomore, center/forward.

Layton Christian — Felicia Marshall, sophomore, forward.

Morgan — Savanna Brooks, junior, guard; Alli Tonks, junior, guard; Aubrey Saunders, sophomore, center; Kate Blazzard, sophomore, guard.

Northridge — Karissa King, sophomore, guard; Mya Culiver, freshman, guard; Janessa Cannell, senior, center; Ashley Hayes, sophomore, forward; Jessica Ellis, freshman, guard.

Ogden — Allie Hyde, senior, guard; Deborah Belnap, senior, guard; Lindsay Yetter, sophomore, forward.

Roy — Shelby Harvey, junior, forward; Whitney Hatch, senior, forward.

St. Joseph — Danielle Shinaut, senior, forward; Kathleen Toman, freshman, forward; Ali Koehler, junior, forward; Kaili Kashiwaeda, sophomore, guard.

Syracuse — Chambray Taylor, senior, guard; Taylor Coffey, senior, forward; Sharlie Dimick, senior, guard; Mateah Tuckett, junior, guard.

Viewmont — Collette West, senior, guard.

Weber — Hannah Charlton, senior, guard/forward; Hanna Johnson, sophomore, guard; Courtney Jones, sophomore, guard.

Woods Cross — Halle Smith, junior, guard; Marissa Brunner, junior, forward; Malu Naeole, junior, center.

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