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VX Girls Basketball: 10 players to watch

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Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 5:23 pm | Updated: 3:49 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Madison Austin, Horizon, Jr., F:  A two-year starter on one of the best 5A-II teams in the state, Austin is on the verge of becoming a nightly double-double producer in the paint.

Shea Brown, Red Mountain, Jr., F:  Lions hoping for a breakout season from the 6-foot-3 Brown. She has Division I schools interested and will be a big cog in the middle defensively for a sneaky-competitive Red Mountain squad.

Arnecia Hawkins, Mountain View, Jr., G:  ASU-bound guard sat out last season after she transferred from Red Mountain. She averaged 10 points, 2.8 steals and 1.1 blocks per game as a freshman in 2008. She’ll carry the load early while the Toros have a whole new starting lineup.

Kailee Magazzeni, Highland, Sr., F:  Averaged 10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2 spg, 1.1 bpg in 2009-2010 and will do even more inside damage with the young-but-experienced Hawks.

Je Zhe Newton, Chandler, Jr., F:  One of any number of key components to this year’s Chandler team. Newton averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game in ‘09-10. Consistency will be key for her and if she finds it, the Wolves will be as good as anyone in the state.

Chelsea Pullam, Hamilton, Sr., F:  Hard to single out one player in Hamilton’s skilled starting lineup, but Pullam averaged a double-double last year, and has been in the top five in Class 5A in rebounding the last two years.

Michaela Ramirez, Salt River, Sr., G:  Couldn’t be stopped in 1A (23.3 ppg, 4 spg, 3 rpg, 2 apg) as she led Salt River to the 1A championship. Eagles lost a lot of supporting cast, so Ramirez will be counted on even more.

Gabby Washington, Desert Ridge, Sr., F:  Headed to Sacred Heart University next year, she’s a two-time region player of year (Pima and East Sky) and still averaged 15 points per game despite missing nearly half the 2009-2010 season with injuries.

Theresa Wirth, Seton Catholic, Sr., F:  The dynamic duo of Wirth and Kayla Bustos is back for the defending 4A-II champs. Wirth’s size and skill-set are unmatched in 4A-II as she averaged 17.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.5 spg and 1.4 bpg. If she improves her free throw shooting, look out.

Ashton Wolf, Valley Christian, Sr., G:  Speaking of dynamic duos, Wolf and Stacey Jones are that tandem for the 2A champs. An all-state player, Wolf put up 11.3 points, five steals and four assists per game and had an excellent summer.

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