High School Sports

Girls Class 2A Evergreen Conference

Crystal Ball

(2009-10 records)

1. River Ridge (26-1)

2. Tumwater (14-11)

3. Chehalis (13-12)

4. Black Hills (13-12)

5. North Thurston (6-14)

6. Aberdeen (9-11)

7. Centralia (5-15)

Starting five

G Samira McDonald, 5-10, jr., River Ridge

Coach Tom Kelly calls returning all-state player one of the best point guards in the state.

G Jasmine McDonald, 5-7, sr., River Ridge

Do-it-all player for the Hawks can score from inside, outside.

G/W Tayler Weiks, 5-9, sr., Tumwater

Idaho-bound player is lethal from 3-point range; set single-game school record for 3-pointers last week.

F Uriah Thomas, 6-0, jr., Chehalis

Solid post-up player who rebounds well; will cause matchup problems in the paint.

G Jordyn Richardson, 5-8, sr., Tumwater

Saint Martin’s-bound guard can light it up on 3-pointers; a second-team all-state player last year in Utah.

FASTBREAKS

With three state titles in the past four years, River Ridge has become a dynasty. Three seniors – G Kelsey Russell (Central Washington commit), G Jasmine McDonald and F Jennifer Cole – are looking to win their third state title to cap off their high-school careers. G Samira McDonald led a balanced offense in scoring last season (12.5 ppg). It might be a matter of time before the Hawks score 100 points. They scored 90 in their season-opening win over Olympia. Tumwater has a lethal 3-point shooting duo of G/W Tayler Weiks (Idaho signee) and G Jordyn Richardson (Saint Martin’s signee). Weiks set a single-game school record with six 3s in last week’s win over Lindbergh. Richardson, who spent her junior season in Wasatch, Utah, hit 76 3-pointers (state record is 80) last season and was named second-team all-state. P MacKenzie Cooper rounds out Tumwater’s “Big Three” with good size down low, but she can also hit the outside shot. Dave Littleton is back coaching at Tumwater; he coached the T-Birds from 1989-95. Chehalis could be one of the surprise teams in the 2A EvCo. G Megan O’Hara and P Uriah Thomas are the returning starters for the Bearcats, who also have great size with Thomas (6-0) and Jamika Parker (6-3). Coach Henri Weeks says his team has better depth this season. Black Hills has six returning varsity players. Ashley Romero, Hope Mortensen, and Sarah McGee are the Wolves’ tallest players at 5-11. G Sarah Meyers (9.0 ppg) and G Taylor Pottschmidt (5.5 ppg) can create shots. Meyers hit nine 3-pointers in two state games in March. Centralia has struggled in recent years, but is off to a hot start, sporting a 3-1 record. G Annie Voetberg, G Jenny Milton, F Amy Boyajian, F Erika Brower and F Madison Creel saw significant varsity action last season. Moving down to 2A could benefit North Thurston. After finishing 5-15 last season, the Rams are poised to make a move to the top half of the league standings. G Catie Mets and G Ciara Williams will be the scoring punch, and both earned second-team all-3A WCC honors as sophomores last season. Aberdeen is young – only one senior – but has talented shooters. Sophomore G/W Mo Donovan and junior F Hannah Tometich will lead the Bobcats.

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