Washington 4A Players to Watch
Angie Bjorklund
Angie Bjorklund
HoopGurlz Publisher
Posted Feb 26, 2007

One of the best players to ever come out of the state of Washington will be on display, along with a wealth of others, at the Washington 4A tournament.


Courtney Vandersloot
2. Courtney Vandersloot
School: Kentwood Class: Sr.
Ht: 5-9 PPG: 25.6

The Lowdown: Vandersloot is one of the best point guards in the country and few outside this area know it. She's always looking to put pressure on a defense, whether by pass, shot or penetration. She can be impossible to keep out of the lane, where she is an explosive and crafty finisher who also can make impossible passes in the air. The Gonzaga signee also can be a great shooter who, even when she misses, doesn't miss by much.

Krist Kingma
4. Krist Kingma
School: Jackson Class: Jr.
Ht: 5-9 PPG: 18.1

The Lowdown: Kingma, who has committed to Washington, had a coming out party as a scorer during last year's tournament and has been a marked player this entire season. She has exceptional speed, great ability to contort and finish off penetration and is a constant threat from three-point and. The past couple years, she has added a forget-about-it factor to her arsenal, which is one of the most beautiful pull-up jumpers in the country.

Mackenzie Argens
6. Mackenzie Argens
School: Roosevelt Class: Sr.
Ht: 6-3 PPG: 14.3

The Lowdown: Argens shares at least two things with Redmon - an LOI with Washington and a state title, the latter claimed during her freshman season. The Riders' so-far unbeaten season has flowed from her ability to close down the lane on defense and punish the interior of opposing defenses with her scoring and passing. She is agile and mobile for her size, has added a good jump hook into the lane, but sometimes has issues finishing deep and often is more reliable with a shot 8-12 feet out.

Morganne Comstock, 6-1 Fr., Kentlake:
Long and athletic, will become a force when she fills out.
Dacotah Ettl, 5-10 Sr., Central Kitsap:
Extremely capable scorer who was with CK at State two years ago.
Brittany Eskridge, 6-2 Sr., Jackson:
Oregon State signee can block shots, rebound.
Aerial Evans, 5-9 Sr., Roosevelt:
A little-bit-of-everything, glue player for the Riders.
Brittany Kennedy, 5-7 Jr., Lewis and Clark:
Quick feet and hands on defense, good handle on offense.
Lindsey Moore, 5-8 So., Kentwood:
A super-soph who is heir apparent to Vandersloot.
Mary Ochiltree, 5-11 Jr., Lake Stevens:
Dead-eye shooter with improved ballhandling skills.
RaNesha Pate, 5-8 Sr., Mount Tahoma:
Ultra-athletic guard who had breakout tourney as a freshman.
Chelsea Porter, 6-0 Sr., Prairie:
Multiskilled wing with good size.
Mandy Saintz, 6-2 Jr., Bothell:
One of more skilled posts in the tournament.
Lyndi Seidensticker, 5-10 Sr., Lewis and Clark:
Montana State signee can stick the three, defend.
Tabitha Tomlinson, 5-7 Jr., Puyallup:
One of the best floor generals in the state also has to score.
Kelli Valentine, 5-11 Sr., Mead:
Portland State signee leads a spread-the-wealth offense.
Dara Zack, 5-9 Sr., University:
Undersized but excellent inside scorer to complement Bjorklund.

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