Auburn, Auburn Mountainview and Auburn Riverside girls prep basketball
December 7, 2011 · Updated 6:33 PM
AUBURN MOUNTAINVIEW AT A GLANCE
COACH: Chris Carr, sixth year
LAST SEASON: 23-9 overall, first in SPSL 3A with a 9-1 record. Sixth at the state tournament.
TOP RETURNERS: Caitlin Carr, senior, 6-0, post; Hattie Kosko, senior, 6-0, post; Erika Lombardo, senior, 5-5, guard; Shayla Wolf, senior, 5-6, guard; Aalia Braboy, senior, 5-9, guard; and Aly Carr, junior, 5-9, guard; and Maddy Mayla, junior, 5-6, guard.
LAST STATE APPEARANCE: 2011. Placed eighth in 2007 and did not place in 2009.
OUTLOOK: Simply put, the Lions are loaded. The team, ranked sixth in the state, returns several pieces to the program’s first league championship and sixth-place state finish. Caitlin Carr, who averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds while earning the SPSL 3A MVP last season, leads the way. Kosko is a returning all-SPSL 3A first-teamer and Braboy was chosen as a second-teamer last season. Also back are Lombardo, Aly Carr, Wolf and Mayla, who all saw significant playing time last season.
“We have a bull’s-eye on our backs, but we welcome that,” Coach Carr said. “You have to be able to back up what you did last year. We will be good defensively and are developing better and better offensively.”
KEY GAMES: Auburn Mountainview travels to Phoenix for the heralded Nike Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18-22. The Lions begin league play at Bonney Lake at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 and host Lakes at 7 p.m. Jan. 6.
AUBURN RIVERSIDE AT A GLANCE
COACH: Terry Johnson, third year
LAST SEASON: 21-5 overall, first place in the SPSL North 4A with a 15-1 record. Lost in first round of 4A state tournament.
TOP RETURNERS: Erin Bang, senior, 5-foot-8, guard; Karina Gee, senior, 5-8, guard; Jalea Crump, senior, 5-10, guard/wing; Ilona Synder, junior, 6-0, wing; and Kendall Foster, junior, 5-4, guard.
STRENGTH: As usual, the Ravens look to dictate the pace with their uptempo offense and pressure defense. If the Ravens’ deep corps of speedy guards can step it up this season, they should compete for the North title.
WEAKNESS: With 10 guards listed on the roster, and just one wing and one post, the Ravens will have to replace the inside presence of Kat Cooper, who is now playing at Boston College.
LAST STATE APPEARANCE: 2011, did not place. State 4A champion in 2010, 3A champion in 2008 and 2007.
OUTLOOK: For several seasons, the Ravens have proven they can compete with the best teams in the state. This season should be no different, despite the loss of their top three scorers from last season – Cooper (19.4 points per game), Brooklyn Hinkens (13.5 ppg) and Makenna Clark (11.5 ppg). Look for Foster (7.4 ppg) and Crump (4.8 ppg) to shoulder some of the scoring load this season. Auburn Riverside already has proven its mettle this season with wins against Edmonds-Woodway (55-51) and Inglemoor (56-52).
KEY GAMES: The Ravens took on No. 2 Mount Rainier on Thursday (results unavailable at press time). Auburn Riverside hosts the Rams again Jan. 17.
AUBURN AT A GLANCE
COACH: Adam Ladage, second year
LAST SEASON: 8-14 overall, sixth place in the SPSL 4A North with a 7-9 record. Eliminated in the West Central District III tournament.
TOP RETURNERS: Sienna Pollard, senior, 5-11, wing.
LAST STATE APPEARANCE: 2008, did not place
OUTLOOK: With leading scorer and team captain Isia Johnson (11.4 ppg last season) choosing not to turn out this season, the Trojans look to Pollard to lead a group of inexperienced players. According to Ladage, Pollard’s size and shooting ability will be the cornerstone for the team’s success. “We have some good players with skill, but our inexperience is a hurdle we will have to overcome,” Ladage said. “The season outlook is bright right now. The team is starting to come together and learning how to work hard and get better. If we can continue to do those three things, we could find ourselves playing meaningful games in February.”
KEY GAMES: The Trojans host Mount Rainier at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, and travel to Auburn Riverside at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 6.