WASHINGTON 4A PLAYERS TO WATCH
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1. Angie Bjorklund
School: University Class: Sr.
Ht: 6-0 PPG: 25.8
The Lowdown: A three-pointer often is like a layup for Bjorklund, who is one of the few amateur players in the country who can dominate a game from the perimeter. The recently named McDonald's All-American is a great role model for younger players, as she is a great technician at all the little things that make a great shooter, including footwork, repeatable form, release point and creating space. The Tennesee signee's shooting prowess tends to overshadow her mastery at other parts of the game, particularly her passing and ability to post up.
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.
3. Ashley Corral
School: Prairie Class: Jr.
Ht: 5-9 PPG: 21.6
The Lowdown: That Prairie is a factor, in spite of the graduation of its starting front line, is a testament to Corral's greatness. She is by far the most dynamic player, not only in this tournament, but in the country, particularly when accounting for her quickness. She uses showmanship not to its own end, but to create positive and sometimes implausible results. Tremendous improvement on her outside shooting has taken her game to another level.
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.
5. Katelan Redmon
School: Lewis and Clark Class: Sr.
Ht: 6-0 PPG: 15.9
The Lowdown: Redmon, who will precede Kingma at Washington next year, had a sensational performance in leading Lewis and Clark to victory in last year's title game with 22 points on 10-for-12 shooting. She then built on that success with a good run through the summer circuit, showing explosiveness to go with her great length and versatility on the floor. She is adept at scoring off the dribble, can handle the ball and disrupt defensively with her long arms.
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.
7. Shauneice Samms
School: Mount Tahoma Class: Jr.
Ht: 5-9 PPG: 22.3
The Lowdown: Samms has a Russell-like ability to block shots despite being an undersized defensive post. She set tournament records last year with 21 blocks in four games, tying the single-game mark with eight swats against Meadowdale. Her success is due to long arms, great timing and excellent quickness off the floor. Those traits also make her formidable on the offensive glass, though she's also improved her ability to score from the wings.
Also Worth a Ticket
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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