Prep girls basketball: Midseason report
In 4A, Inglemoor of Kenmore is 11-1 behind UW commit Deja Strother. West Seattle is the surprise team in 3A, and has a game Wednesday against Cleveland, champs last year.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A mid-season look at prep girl’s basketball.
Inglemoor and who else in 4A?
The road to the Class 4A state title will likely go through defending champion Gonzaga Prep. The Bulldogs (11-0), currently ranked No. 20 nationally by MaxPreps, are led by all-state candidates Otiona Gildon (Oregon) and Laura Stockton (Gonzaga).
Best local hope? That appears to still be Inglemoor of Kenmore (11-1), especially with UW-bound Deja Strother in the lineup. The Vikings’ lone loss (to Monroe) came over the holidays when the 6-foot-5 Strother was out of town.
Beamer of Federal Way (9-1) is another contender. The Titans have four players averaging 11 points or more, led by Quinessa Caylao-Do (16.2).
Curtis of University Place (9-4 going into a Saturday bout with Emerald Ridge) appeared to be the next best team in SPSL 4A, but lost last week to Bethel of Graham.
It’s been a strange start in the SPSL Northeast Division, with usual-power Kentwood starting 1-11 after heavy graduation losses. Kentlake rides at the top (11-2, 6-0), with both losses to strong 3A teams (Wilson, Auburn Riverside). Senior Sydney Peterson leads a balanced scoring attack with 10.6 points. Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma (11-1) is intent on being a player at state, owing its lone loss to a California team.
Up in WesCo 4A, Lake Stevens is back after a couple of down seasons (by Vikings’ standards). Emily Vandegrift (13.2) and Hailey Wilson (11.0) are leading the way.
The Vikings suffered their first league loss Friday to Monroe, leaving Snohomish as the only team with an unblemished WesCo mark at 5-0 (6-5 overall). It’s a logjam with three teams at 3-2, including Monroe, which features Amber Van Brunt (12.3 ppg) and Kylee Ferreira (11.1).
Lynnwood looks like the 3A favorite
Cleveland got the nod at No. 1 in 3A as the two-time defending state champion and enough talent to win it again with the likes of D-I players Jayde Christopher (Kansas) and Joyce Harrell (Boise State).
But the Eagles have struggled through the first half of the season.
Cleveland, now No. 8 in the rankings, faces a big test Wednesday against surprising West Seattle (10-2), now at No. 6. The Wildcats have three players averaging 11 points or more, led by 6-6 junior Lydia Giomi (15-9).
As always, the Metro League is deep in talent with Bishop Blanchet, Lakeside, Holy Names, Garfield and Ballard. Lynnwood sits at the top of the 4A rankings and improved to 10-0 Friday with an emphatic, 80-47 victory over Edmonds-Woodway.
The Royals have another big showdown Wednesday against 12-0 Glacier Peak, which has six players averaging better than seven points a night, led by Sadie Mensing (13.0).
Stanwood (10-2) and Arlingon (8-2) are playoff contenders, too, along with E-W.
No. 4 Bellevue looks like the top team in KingCo 3A/2A, especially after Friday’s 69-44 victory over Liberty, ranked No. 7 in 2A. It was the first league loss of the season for the Patriots. The Wolverines (9-3) owe their three losses to 4A teams (Beamer, Bothell, Inglemoor) and have a game of interest Wednesday against a tough Mercer Island team, which was unbeaten in league play until Friday’s 59-51 loss to Lake Washington. Sydney Shepard went off for 39 points to propel the Kangs.
Juanita has been slow to start, but is still capable of a late-season surge.
In SPSL 3A, Auburn Riverside (10-1, 5-1) and Sumner (8-3, 5-1) share the lead after Sumner’s loss Friday to Enumclaw (7-5, 4-2).
No. 9 Wilson of Tacoma (7-3, 5-0) and Central Kitsap (10-1, 5-1) are the cream of the Narrows 3A crop.
Under the radar
It’s no coincidence that Bothell’s girls team turned things around when Taya Corosdale arrived as a 6-foot, 14-year-old ninth-grader last fall.
She led the Cougars in scoring (13.0) and rebounding (11.4) as they finished 13-10, their best campaign since 2006-07 — Bothell had not won more than five games in a season since then.
Now a 6-1 sophomore, Corosdale continues to be a handful, averaging 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.6 assists for the 10-2 Cougars.
Kent Schaefer, in his second year as head coach, said Corosdale worked hard over the summer to improve her ball handling, shooting and attack moves.
“That seems to have paid off for her,” he said. “Taya is very unselfish and was hesitant to assert herself within our team last season. This season, she recognizes her role on our team and has taken it upon herself to lift her teammates and provide leadership with her effort and play-making.”
Corosdale poured in 30 points against Eastlake earlier this season.
“She is very active as a post and hard to keep track of,” Eastlake coach Sara Goldie said. “Taya has a nice shot and can hit from anywhere in the paint and has a nice outside jumper as well.”
Division I coaches have started to take note, and she recently picked up her first scholarship offer, from Oregon State.
“The college coaches love her size, wingspan, overall athleticism and potential for further development,” he said. “They see her as a versatile player that will be able to handle the ball on the perimeter, knock down shots, attack off the dribble and dominate smaller players around the basket.”
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