“The talent that is coming in,” second-year North coach Kimo Aweau said about the difference this year. “My sophomore class this year, my senior class this year are all very strong, very experienced, well-coached players — even before they came to me.”
Aweau said players such as Rachel Manriquez, Alissa Benson and Hannah Rose Frohling have made the Huskies contenders.
At Santa Fe, Ethridge considers Spence to be one of the top offensive players in the state. She anchors the middle of the Wolves' nucleus, which has beaten North three out of four times this season. And as it continues to win matches appears the Class 6A favorite.
Though Ethridge believes the race for the title remains tight between the trio of schools.
“If something separates us, I just think that there are probably three teams that don't have any real weak links on the court at the time or maybe even have some depth on the bench,” he said. “I think that any of those three teams can win it. I think it's going to come down to who plays best at the end and peaks at the right time.”
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