Scouting the 4A girls teams
A look at the eight teams in the Class 4A girls basketball state tournament
Gonzaga Prep Bullpups
Coach: Mike Arte.
Key players: Otiona Gildon, 6-0, Jr., 15.2 points per game; Hannah Caudill, 5-6, Sr., 13.6 ppg; Laura Stockton, 5-8, Jr., 13.1 ppg.
Inside look: Great inside-out game gives GP a great chance to claim its first state crown after top-five finishes the past two years. Bullpups are 20-0 since loss to an Oregon team.
Coach: Everett Edwards.
Key players: Jasmin Edwards, 5-5, Sr., 10 ppg; Mikayla Pivec, 5-10, So., 14.9 ppg; Jordyn Edwards, 5-10, So., 9.8 ppg.
Inside look: Deep, athletic team, ranked No. 20 nationally, wreaks havoc with pressure defense and has the offensive weapons to win first title; 17-0 since loss to Cleveland.
Coach: Joe Marsh.
Key players: Lyndsay Leatherman, 6-1, Sr., 13 ppg; Jayla Russ, 6-0, So., 12 ppg; Jessica Ludwig, 5-9, Jr., 8 ppg.
Inside look: Eagles were last year’s surprise team, reaching the title game, and have similar potential if they execute well. Look for Leatherman-to-Russ connections.
Coach: John Augustavo.
Key players: De’ja Strother, 6-4, Jr., 15.3 ppg; Alex Hagen, 6-1, Jr., 9.8 ppg; Jordana Price, 5-8, Jr., 6.2 ppg.
Inside look: After a 2-3 start, the Vikings are playing as well as anyone and hope to better last year’s sixth-place finish. Their size (especially Strother) causes problems.
Coach: Lisa Ashley.
Key players: Sarah Toeaina, 5-10, Sr., 19.8 ppg; Jenny Johnson, 5-11, Sr., 10.8 ppg; Kate Kramer, 5-9, Sr., 10.5 ppg.
Inside look: A streaky team that can hang with anybody when playing well — like the Conks did in upsetting No. 7 Chiawana. Toeaina is super-tough but needs support.
Moses Lake Chiefs
Location: Moses Lake.
Coach: Matt Strophy.
Key players: McKenna Walker, 5-8, Jr., 16 ppg; Jessie Loera, 5.7, So., 14 ppg; Emily Olson, 5-11, Sr., 7.5 ppg.
Inside look: Chiefs are young but experienced (six starters back) with good team speed and a dynamic duo in Walker and Loera, younger sister of Oregon’s Jordan Loera.
Mount Rainier Rams
Location: Des Moines.
Coach: Bob Bolam.
Key players: Brittany McPhee, 6-0, Sr., 27 ppg.; Jordan McPhee, 5-10, Sr., 12.2 ppg; Emily Fiso, 6-0, Jr., 12.2 ppg.
Inside look: After tough semifinal losses the past two years, Rams have what it takes to take the big prize. Brittany McPhee (Stanford) is phenomenal, but supporting cast is key.
Coach: Jennifer Buscher.
Key players: Aubrey Ward-El, 5-9, Sr., 18 ppg; Jocelyn Adams, 6-1, Sr., 14 ppg; Stephenie McDonagh, 5-7, Sr., 12 ppg.
Inside look: Storm is out to repeat 2012 title run and has the firepower to survive a tough upper bracket. Only in-state loss was to Mount Rainier, snapping a 15-game win streak.