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Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 10:38 am | Updated: 3:42 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Cactus Cobras

4A-II Black Canyon Region

Last Season’s Record: 22-5 (lost in quarterfinals)

Coach: David Meredith (2nd year)

What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? We have good senior leadership.

What will your team need to improve for the season to be a success? We need to do better at handling pressure and finishing teams off.

Who are your team leaders? Lindsey Abramson and Megan Mullings.

Who is the most underestimated player on your squad? Emma Maynes is probably the most underestimated player.

What needs to happen for your squad to reach the state tournament this season? We need to stay in our style of play and handle pressure better. We also need to win big games.

Centennial Coyotes

5A-II Desert West Region

Last Season’s Record: 13-13 (lost in first round)

Coach: Matt Visintainer (8th year)

What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? Work ethic.

What will your team need to improve for the season to be a success? Patience. We are very young.

Who are your team leaders? Several people lead in different capacities, Everyone is on the same page for us to be successful. It does not have to be just one person.

Who is the most underestimated player on your squad? We have several underclassmen who have the ability to step up on the team.

What needs to happen for your squad to reach the state tournament this season? Play as a team, be patient and improve every day.

Deer Valley Skyhawks

5A-II Northwest Region

Last Season’s Record: 7-18

Coach: Mike Arana (1st year). Previous two years was head coach at Estrella Foothills High School (27-31, two state appearances. These were the best two seasons in school history, which had 13 wins through five previous seasons).

What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? Our best attribute is our team speed. This team is extremely quick and we have good depth with a great mix between seniors and sophomores. They are adapting to a completely different style of play and coaching staff and doing well.

What will your team need to improve for the season to be a success? We need to completely buy into the new style of play. It is an adjustment for them moving to a system that makes “up tempo” look slow because they have been such a zone/half court team for the past four years or so, once they buy in, we have a chance to be good.

Who are your team leaders? We have five seniors, five sophomores and one junior. Obviously, the leadership comes from the seniors, but we have some good young sophomores who are developing into nice leaders for us.

Who is the most underestimated player on your squad? I think all of our players are underestimated because the record was so bad last year.

What needs to happen for your squad to reach the state tournament this season? We need to force our tempo on our opponents, really buy into a new style and philosophy of play and move forward.

Dysart Demons

4A-I West Valley Region

Last Season’s Record: 15-14 (lost in first round)

Coach: Samuel Polvino (sixth year)

What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? Senior leadership, quickness and experience.

What will your team need to improve for the season to be a success? All shooting  percentage (from the field and free throw line), rebounding, cut down on turnovers and be able to close out games.

Who are your team leaders? Four seniors: Ashle Callon, Allison Wong, Celyna Luevano and Deserae Zamora.

Who is the most underestimated player on your squad? Celyna Luevano.

What needs to happen for your squad to reach the state tournament this season? Come together as a team, play unselfish team basketball and have the desire to not just make the tournament but show why we should be there.

Ironwood Eagles

5A-II Desert West Region

Last Season’s Record: 19-11 (lost in semifinals)

Coach: Justin McLellan (1st year). Previously, was a varsity assistant and head junior varsity coach at Ironwood.

What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? I feel as though we have a great group of girls who are willing to work hard on a daily basis. One of our strengths that I hope to capitalize on is our balance at all positions.

What will your team need to improve for the season to be a success? We may have only graduated three players, but those three players played a very significant role on last year’s team. In order for us to continue the success from last year we’re going to need some of our younger players to step up and fill those roles.

Who are your team leaders? We have seven seniors on this year’s team so we may be more of a leader by committee.

Who is the most underestimated player on your squad? Breanna Kelly is the most underestimated player on our team. She received significant time last as a sophomore and did well as a role player. Kelly has show dedication and drive in our offseason program and I look forward to see how that translates in the season.

What needs to happen for your squad to reach the state tournament this season? We’re going to need to keep committed to the team concept. Continue to focus on working hard and improving every day.

Liberty Lions

4A-II Skyline Region

Last Season’s Record: 17-10 (lost in second round)

Coach: Odell Berry (2nd year).

What will your team need to improve for the season to be a success? We will need to learn to play together and execute our offense and defense. We will need to get smarter and understand just how good we really are.

What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? We have a group of hard working, smart players, with excellent attitudes.

Who are your team leaders? This years team has only three players back from last year’s team. Our two returning players with the most varsity experience are our two captains, Megan Colvin and Michelle Wagner.

Who is the most underestimated player on your squad? At this point, due to our youth, I would guess that most teams will underestimate our entire squad.

What needs to happen for your squad to reach the state tournament this season? We are going to have to grow-up as individual basketball players and a team. It will have to happen sooner than later if we hope to to make it into the 4A-II field of 16.

Mountain Ridge Mountain Lions

5A-I Northwest Region

Last Season’s Record: 18-10 (lost in first round)

Coach: Bob Smith (1st season)

What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? They are extremely competitive with each other every day in practice. They make each other better by working extremely hard.

What will your team need to improve for the season to be a success? Team defense and our decision making when we have the ball on offense.

Who are your team leaders? Alexa Jacob, Ashton Bourdon, Leanna De La Cruz, and Cheyenne Huskey.

Who is the most underestimated player on your squad? Leanna De La Cruz and Cheyenne Huskey.

What needs to happen for your squad to reach the state tournament this season? Realize that it will take a team effort to make the state tournament and not just one or two players contributing night in and night out.

Peoria Panthers

4A-I West Valley Region

Last Season’s Record: 23-7 (lost in second round)

Coach: Leslie Saulsby (5th year)

What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? Our best attributes are our complete commitment to team and our relentlessness on defense.

What will your team need to improve for the season to be a success? We must improve on our consistency and toughness. This is a better team on the whole from last year, but must learn how to be good from moment to moment.

Who are your team leaders? Our team leaders are our three captains, junior forward Cecelia Pearl, senior point guard Raven Boone and senior guard/foward Lindsey Huth. However, our expectation is that all teammates are leaders and need to be prepared to step up when their time is called.

Who is the most underestimated player on your squad? The most underestimated player on our squad is Eryn Mack. She is arguably the best true post we have had at Peoria in quite some time.

What needs to happen for your squad to reach the state tournament this season? To reach the state tournament, we need to work hard to improve every time we lace up our sneakers so our effort and execution matches our talent and desire.

Shadow Ridge Stallions

4A-II Skyline Region

Last Season’s Record: First varsity season

Coach: Celeste Taylor (second year)

What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? Our teams’ best attribute this year is our girls ability to work together and hard work toward meeting the challenges of being a young team and a first-year varsity school.

What will your team need to improve for the season to be a success? In order for our team to be successful this year it will have to step up to the new intensity, physicality and speed of the varsity level. They were very successful last year as freshmen and JV, winning 80 percent of their games but this year will be a whole new ball game.

Who are your team leaders? Our team leaders this year are Edison Thalman (sophomore), who is our all-around wing player with through-the-roof potential and an amazing leader on and off the court, Alma Murillo (junior), our only active junior, who brings 100 percent hard work 100 percent of the time and leads by her example 100 percent of the time. Amber Richter (junior), who is our returning captain from last year’s JV team. She is a floor general who will be sorely missed most of this year due to an ACL injury this summer, but Amber will still be leading from the sidelines as she prepares for a return late in the season.

Who is the most underestimated player on your squad? The most underestimated player on our squad is Jessica Stricker. She is stepping up and filling the role of point guard for the injured Amber Richter, Jessica plays the two guard and the point, but I would expect a breakout year from Jessica as she steps up to fill big shoes as this year’s floor general.

What needs to happen for your squad to reach the state tournament this season? Being a first year varsity program, making the state tournament is a lofty goal. It will take all nine players consistently playing their role each night, working tirelessly and being the best team that takes the court (five girls working together like a finely tuned machine).

Sunrise Mountain Mustangs

4A-I West Valley Region

Last Season’s Record: 9-14

Coach: Jennifer Bowman

Valley Vista Monsoon

5A-II Northwest Region

Last Season’s Record: 20-6 (Lost in quarterfinals)

Coach: Rachel Matakas

Returning players: Bristol Bailey (Jr.), Adrianna Brown (Sr.), Kara Donnerbauer (Sr.), Maraja Johnson (Jr.), Desiree Phillips (Sr.), Lacey Viselli (So.)

Willow Canyon Wildcats

5A-II Northwest Region

Last Season’s Record: 3-22

Coach: Robert Catten

Returning players: Rebecca Perrault (Sr.), Candy Wheeler (Sr.), Mary Stefaniak (Jr.), Aniya Jones (Jr.), Meleah Hill (Jr.), Crystal Felix (Sr.)

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