The All-County teams are never easy to pick — particularly in a girls basketball season like we just experienced.
Some thought Grantsville’s girls were destined to take a step back this season after making a run to the Class 3A championship game in 2019, but losing three talented seniors to graduation. Well, think again. Ashlee Edwards came in as one of the top returning players in the state, and she wasn’t going to let the Cowboys slip into mediocrity. There was still the question of who else was going to step up, but it turns out Grantsville had a pretty good answer to that one: all-everything center Maison White, who went from useful role player to bona fide star in her junior season.
Anybody else looking forward to seeing White face Judge Memorial star Teya Sidberry again next year? Those Region 13 games will be must-see events.
Stansbury had questions of its own. How would the Stallions adjust to a new coach? With so much talent and experience having graduated, who was going to fill those shoes on a young team?
Well, the Stallions figured things out. They finished 13-9 in coach Brittany Davies’ first season in charge, earning a first-round bye in the Class 4A state tournament in the process. And while Stansbury would have liked to make it to the postseason’s second weekend, they were knocked out by the eventual state runner-up.
And, who stepped up? Senior guard Hannah Anderson led the team in scoring and steals and finished second in assists and third in rebounding. Sophomore Ainsley Thurber was the second-leading scorer, while fellow sophomore Epa Tia led the team in rebounds and tied for second in assists.
Tooele went with a youth movement this year, with Natalee Bevan the lone senior who regularly started and Gabrielle Mahoe, Kennedy Evans and Jy’onie Camacho coming off the bench. It was up to sophomore Alivia Cluff and junior Aysha Lewis to lead the way, along with sophomore Breanna Beer, and they didn’t disappoint.
Cluff averaged 12.7 points per game, breaking the 20-point mark in three of her final five contests — including 20 points in a first-round loss to Mountain Crest. Lewis was the team’s second-leading scorer, breaking double-figures in 10 out of 11 games between Dec. 17 and Jan. 30 before suffering an injury. Beer also battled injuries, but was a solid third scoring option and, like Cluff, still has two more seasons in her high-school career.
While the 2019-20 high school girls basketball season didn’t end with a trophy coming to Tooele County, there is no shortage of talent out here. If you get a chance to watch these girls play next season, they’re worth the price of admission.
Darren Vaughan is a veteran sports writer from Moab, Utah. He enjoyed watching all of the star players this season — upperclassmen and underclassmen alike. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.