D’Evelyn hoops has been the class of 4A Jeffco for the past several seasons.
But the graduation of the team’s top two players has left the rest of 4A Jeffco thinking this is the year the Jaguars take a step back.
That leaves Green …
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That leaves Green Mountain, Golden and Evergreen as three teams who look to have the goods to compete with D’Evelyn for a league title — and maybe more.
The Rams (19-5, 12-2 in league last season) had every bit as good of a resume as the Jaguars did last season — except when the two teams met straight up.
D’Evelyn beat Green Mountain twice last season — a 58-50 victory on Jan. 28 at D’Evelyn High School and a 31-30 victory two weeks later at Green Mountain.
The Jaguars were simply a couple key possessions better last season.
But that was last season. This season Green Mountain looks ripe to claim a league title behind some of the best young talent in Jeffco.
Sophomore Delany Bernard was the league’s best freshman player last season averaging nearly 14 points per game and sophomore Hannah Hank is already one of the best “bigs” in the league. The duo will be complemented by Reilly West.
This prep reporter predicts Green Mountain will be the winner of 4A Jeffco this season.
But don’t count out Golden either. The Demons (13-12, 8-6 last season) lost their best player to graduation in Haley Blodgett, as well as five other seniors.
But Golden is also known for having one of the best team philosophies, and they could just surprise 4A Jeffco by finished as one of its top three teams.
Senior’s Riley Sanders and Alex Ambrozic will be Golden’s new leaders and the duo can get help from a strong supporting cast and a great young coach in Shea Scarlett.
Also, don’t bury D’Evelyn just yet. The Jaguars (21-5, 13-1 last season) seem to be a basketball factory of annual talent.
Junior Lexi Reed will lead D’Evelyn this season with help from sophomore Payton Sampson. And even if the Jaguars do not win another league title, they will still be a top team not only in 4A Jeffco, but also in the state.
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