Grantsville’s girls basketball team put together another impressive season, finishing third in Class 3A thanks to one of the deepest lineups in the state.
That depth was evident when the All-State selections were released, as starting center Maison White and super substitute Emily Backus were each honored among Class 3A’s elite. White earned a spot on the First Team for the second year in a row, while Backus was named to the Second Team.
White, who will head to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in the fall to launch her collegiate basketball career, averaged 17.3 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game for the Cowboys, who won the Region 13 championship. Her senior season included a perfect 3-0 record against Judge Memorial and their star, junior post Teya Sidberry, who was named Class 3A’s Player of the Year by the Deseret News.
White and Sidberry headlined a long line of dominant post players in Class 3A. They were joined on the First Team by South Sevier center Presley Chappell, Emery forward Tambrie Tuttle and Morgan forward/center Alex Trussell, along with Morgan guard Janel Blazzard and Emery guard Baylee Jacobson. All but Blazzard and Jacobson stand at least 5-foot-11, with Blazzard at 5-foot-6 and Jacobson at 5-foot-8.
Backus, a junior guard in her first season with the Cowboys, gave Grantsville a much-needed spark off the bench. She averaged 13.8 points, 4.0 steals and 2.7 rebounds per game in her reserve role, ranking as the second-leading scorer on the All-State Second Team behind Delta guard Jadee Dutson’s 15.0 average. Richfield center Nicole Willardson, Carbon guard Makenna Blanc, Carbon forward Madi Orth and South Sevier swingman Cassie Johnson were the other Second Team picks.
The Third Team consisted of Summit Academy guard Kyrie Alldredge, Union forward Kinslee Drake, South Summit guard Reagan Sanderson, Morgan center Alyvia Jaffa, Richfield guard Rebecca Poulsen and Judge Memorial guard Marika Collins. Honorable Mention went to Morgan guard Elena Birkeland, American Leadership Academy guard Alexis Webster, Carbon guard Janzie Jensen, San Juan guard Quiana Dishface, Emery guard Addie Lester, Richfield guard Sydney Knutson, South Sevier guard Aspen Okerlund, South Summit guard Averie Snyder, Manti guard Kassidy Alder, Richfield guard Kate Robinson and Emery center Tatum Tanner.
Wendover junior guard Leslie Luna received Honorable Mention recognition in Class 1A. She averaged 20.8 points per game for the Wildcats, including a 55-point outburst that included 12 3-pointers and 11 steals in a win over American Preparatory Academy-West Valley on Jan. 19.