With state basketball comes big performances. The bigger the prize, the greater the player comes out.
Somebody not on this list could emerge and end up being named the Girls Basketball Player of the Year at azcentral Sports Awards in June.
Let’s take a look at 21 players in the conversation (in alphabetical order):
Sarah Barcello, Chandler Seton Catholic, 5-11, Sr.
Even not at 100 percent from the foot injury, she has averaged 15 points and six rebounds on a team with multiple options.
Haley Cavinder, Gilbert, 5-7, Jr.
She leads one of state’s top 6A team with 23.5 points, nine rebounds and 6.8 assists a game.
Hanna Cavinder, Gilbert, 5-7, Jr.
Haley’s twin, she almost has identical numbers: 21.7 points a game, six rebounds, 6.4 assists.
Taylor Chavez, Surprise Valley Vista, 5-10, Sr.
She has top 6A team rolling into state, averaging 24 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals.
Prima Chellis, Gilbert Leading Edge, 5-11, Sr.
Leads top 2A team with 16 points, seven rebounds, six steals a game.
Rayah Craig, Scottsdale Desert Mountain, 5-10, Sr.
Leads 22-win 6A team with 18 points and six rebounds a game.
Ilyssa Diamond Galindo, Tucson Pueblo, 5-5, Sr.
Great all-around player on one of the top 4A teams, she averages 12 points, seven assists and five steals.
Janae Gonzales, Phoenix Sierra Linda, 5-8, Sr.
Surpassed 2,000 points in her career, she averages 21.5 points, five rebounds, four steals, four assists for 20-win 5A team.
Shaylee Gonzales, Gilbert Mesquite, 5-10, Sr.
Averaging 21.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 5.1 steals on state’s best team.
Anna Gorman, Chandler Valley Christian, 5-7, Sr.
School’s all-time leading scorer, she makes her teammates better.
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Kylie Hearn, Scottsdale Christian, 5-7, Jr.
Averaging 16 points, eight assists, five rebounds, five steals for 2A team.
Taylor Leonard, Peoria Centennial, Sr.
Who knows where this 23-win team would be without Leonard and her 17 points, six rebounds a game.
Bryce Nixon, Phoenix Arcadia, 5-10, Sr.
Leads a 24-win 5A team in scoring (18.3 points a game) and assists (5.4) and steals (4.3).
Montana Oltrogge, Phoenix Xavier Prep, 6-1, Sr.
Main cog on one of the top 6A teams, she has missed the last part of the season with an injury. She averages 18 points and six rebounds.
Sara Pfeiffer, Seton Catholic, 5-7, Jr.
With Barcello not 100 percent from the foot injury, Pfeiffer, a great outside shooter, has led top 4A team with 19.2 points a game.
Dominique Phillips, Goodyear Millennium, 6-0, Jr.
Averaging 16 points and six rebounds for a team that has chance to win 6A title.
Senya Rabouin, Phoenix Shadow Mountain, 5-5, So.
Averaging 24 points on 20-7 4A team.
Lindsey VanAllen, Gilbert Mesquite, 5-9, Sr.
Leads the state’s best team in scoring averaging 22 points.
Maddie Vick, Scottsdale Chaparral, 5-9, Sr.
Averaging 15 points for a team with four players averaging in double figures scoring. Also dishing out 6.7 assists a game for the No. 1 seed in 5A.
Monique Ware, Flagstaff, 5-6, Sr.
Leader of 27-2 4A team with 15 points a game.
Haylee Weathersby, Glendale Apollo, 6-1, Fr.
Among a great wave of high school freshmen in the state, she has put her team on her back to a 20-2 record, averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds.
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