Tacoma Weekly 2013 All-City Girls Basketball Team
// Playoff-tested veterans highlight first team
2013 TACOMA WEEKLY ALL-CITY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM
G – KAYSHA FOX – SR – WILSON
G – BETHANY MONTGOMERY – SR – WILSON
G – SYDNEY SWOFFORD – SR – BELLARMINE PREP
F – IONNA PRICE – SR – BELLARMINE PREP
F – TIA BRIGGS – SR – WILSON
G – TAYLOR BOLES – SO – LIFE CHRISTIAN
G – PRECIOUS HUNKIN – SR – LINCOLN
G – ASHLEY KEYS – SR – MOUNT TAHOMA
F – SARAH ZEITLER – JR – TACOMA BAPTIST
F – TAMIA BRAGGS – FR – LINCOLN
G – JASMYNE HOLMES – JR – BELLARMINE PREP
G – JUSTINA LANEY – SR – WILSON
G – TANISHA LOPEZ – SR – MOUNT TAHOMA
F – CARLI HALLIS – SR – STADIUM
F – VIOLET MORROW – SO – WILSON
The 2013 season was another exciting one on the court for local girls squads, with a couple in particular making deep postseason runs. We take a look at 15 of the top players in the city limits in our annual All-City Girls Basketball Team.
A trio of Wilson seniors highlight the first team, as they took the Rams to the Tacoma Dome and a third-place finish at state. Narrows 3A most valuable player Bethany Montgomery did much of the damage offensively, scoring 15.7 points per game while adding almost three steals and three assists per contest. Point guard Kaysha Fox not only was an unselfish leader offensively – dishing out 3.2 assists per game along with 6.5 points – but was a pest on the defensive side, locking down some top shooter and grabbing 3.2 steals per game. Tia Briggs was the Rams’ inside force once again, averaging 12.8 points while shooting 51 percent from the field, while adding 8.5 rebounds per game and 98 total blocks. Bellarmine Prep senior Ionna Price gets a nod on the first team as well, as the Lions’ leader had an excellent outside shot and averaged 12.6 points and seven rebounds per game. Teammate Sydney Swofford rounds out the first team, as she was also instrumental in leading the Lions to the state regionals by averaging 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
The second team is led by Tacoma Baptist junior forward Sarah Zeitler, the go-to offensive weapon for the Crusaders who averaged 13 points and nearly 13 rebounds per game while adding more than four blocks per contest. Life Christian sophomore guard Taylor Boles could do it all for the Eagles, averaging 9.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals. Mount Tahoma senior Ashley Keys was instrumental in the Thunderbirds’ system, helping lead their pressure defense with 4.4 steals per game and averaging 12.6 points. Lincoln’s inside-outside combo of Tamia Braggs and Precious Hunkin round out the squad, as they led the Abes to the district playoffs for the first time in six years. Braggs, a freshman post with imposing size and talent, burst onto the scene by averaging a team-high 16.5 points per game this season, including seven games of 20 points or higher. Hunkin, meanwhile, added the outside threat, as the senior guard was capable of draining the three and averaged 10 points per game.
Heading up the third team is Bellarmine Prep junior point guard Jasmyne Holmes, who despite being injured for several weeks late in the season managed to chip in 8.3 points, 2.5 assists and two steals per game. Wilson senior guard Justina Laney was an unsung hero for the Rams this season, hitting several key shots in the postseason and averaging almost eight points and three assists per game. Rams teammate Violet Morrow also earned a nod, as the sophomore showed great potential by averaging 7.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while adding 102 pass deflections on defense. Mount Tahoma senior guard Tanisha Lopez was a deadly outside threat, hitting 79 three-pointers and averaging 14 points per game for the Thunderbirds. Stadium senior forward Carli Hallis rounds out the final group, as her defensive prowess was evidenced in her four steals, 11 rebounds and nearly three blocks per game.
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