Recruiting & Scouting

GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Breaking down some girls basketball squads across the state to look out for in 2012-2013

   | Scott Burnstein

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An alphabetical listing of some the best girls basketball teams in the state for the 2012-2013 campaign which tips off this week;

Ann Arbor Huron (Class A) – Featuring one of the premiere perimeter trios in the state, the River Rats are fueled by the backcourt of Bianca Wiiliams and Micah Robinson and sweet-stroking small forward Payton Simms. Made a run into the final four last season and has a good chance of doing so again this year

Benton Harbor (Class B) – Has a devastating backcourt that consists of the Gondrezick sisters, Kysre and Kalabrya, which makes them the team to watch out for coming from the Westside of the state

Birmingham Detroit Country Day (Class B) – Won’t be as stacked with as much firepower as usual, but the Yellowjackets will still be a really good team with junior point guard Asia Doss, one of the heaviest-recruited players in the state’s Class of 2014, running the offense

Brighton (Class A) – Balanced Bulldog baller crew in place for 2013, highlighted by returning starting forwards Laura Taylor and Natalie Peterson

Clarkston (Class A) – With one Kenny sister (Delaney) and both Davenport sisters (Erin and Erika) remaining in the fold for the Wolves, things are still looking up for Clarkston’s lady cage contingent. Expect the Wolves to be one of the best teams in the OAA again this winter

Dearborn Divine Child (Class B) – Three very good starters return for a DC squad that traveled all the way to the Breslin Center and the final four last year, including Morgan Blair (Northern Kentucky), Mallory Myler and Nicole Urbanick, sure to make the Falcons favorites to claim a Catholic League title this season

Detroit King (Class A) – The Crusaders will be the top team in the PSL this year and is led by Antania Hayes (DePaul), who could be the most dangerous player in the entire state. Teaming with the multi-dimensional Hayes (15 points, 6 reb and 6 asst per game last season) will be Takira Height, another Division I recruit and a big and athletic supporting cast, anchored by the sensational sophomore tandem of Janae Williams and Leah Mathis

East Lansing (Class A) – Veteran-laden team that came within a hair of making an appearance in the final four last year will be extra hungry for the hardware this winter. Piper Tucker (Grand Valley State) and Grace Whelan (Saginaw Valley State) form an intimating frontcourt, while Meechie Thompson and Taylor Gordon make