Girls basketball small school preview

Craig Craker, Herald staff writerJanuary 8, 2013 

East Valley graduated most of its dynamic players from last season’s state runnerup squad, leaving the league open for Wapato and Ellensburg to rule the roost. The Wolves return all-league second-teamer Brianna Cordova. ... West Valley, recently dropped from Class 3A, and Grandview are in the hunt at the midway point as well. ... The Greyhounds are led by the duo of Payton Parrish and Marissa Caballero. Parrish went over 1,000 points for her career recently, and was a CWAC first teamer last year. Caballero was on the second team, and the junior continues to shine this year. ... Prosser isn’t quite as good as it has been in recent seasons, but still has top-scorer Sydney Mercer back. She made the first team in the CWAC last year, and figures to do so again this season.
This season figured to be a battle between Connell and Columbia (Burbank) for the top spot, considering Kiona-Benton graduated a huge group of seniors. But the Bears have been solid so far this season, led by first-teamer Bailey Schroeder. ... Connell has seven seniors and picked up Brittney Vickerman, a transfer from Kiona-Benton. The Eagles are led by returning first-teamer Kody Easterday, second-teamers Shelby English and Michelle Schultz, and honorable-mention Marcianne Hawkins. ... Columbia struggled in a loss to Connell earlier this season, but led by Harley McBride, Rachel Roberts and Julie Mosqueda, figures to be right in the thick of things the rest of the season.
B schools
Dayton is once again off to a solid start in Southeast 2B, with DeSales not too far behind. Both schools are expected to compete for state berths. ... Tri-Cities Prep has struggled early in league play, but the Jaguars have the ability to bounce back led by Maddie LeBrun. ... In Class 1B, Colton is again the cream of the crop, as everyone else fights for second.

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