November 17, 2015 - 6:47 pm
Head coach: Billy Hemberger, third season
2014-15 record: 30-1 (14-0 Sunset, first)
Returning letter winners (starters): Eight (four)
Top players: G Kayla Harris (So.), G Essence Booker (So.), F Lynnae Wilds (Jr.), C Myra Tadytin (Jr.)
Outlook: After a 1-24 season in Division I two years ago, the Grizzlies turned around their fortunes last year, winning the Division I-A state title, in large part because of the play of Booker (18.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.5 steals per game) and Harris (18.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg).
Wilds (3.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Tadytin (2.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg) are expected to be among the leaders in the frontcourt.
“My principal has made it clear that every head coach at Spring Valley is expected to make the playoffs,” Hemberger said. “We expect to accomplish that goal and thrive for a No. 1 seed.
“We are looking to create a new team identity this year and move up the rankings in Nevada. Respect is our theme this year: ‘Respect our opponents and respect the process.'”