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High school girls basketball: A closer look at this year's 5A All-Staters (24 items)

By , Deseret News

March 26, 2014

Editor’s note: The Deseret News picks the MVPs, but the remainder of the All-State teams are based on coaches' votes.

Note: For a more in-depth look at all classifications of the first-, second- and third-teamers, including a scouting report comment from an opposing coach, click here.

Sarah Thomas earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MBA at Westminster College. She has been covering sports for the Deseret News since 2008.

1 of 24. 5A First Team

Ms. Basketball

Shelbee Molen, Fremont, Jr., 5-10, Guard – 16.6 ppg

5A MVP

Amanda Wayment, Fremont, Sr., 6-1, Center — 14.9 ppg

5A Defensive MVP

Maddi Smith, Layton, Sr., 5-9, Guard – 11.1 ppg

5A First Team

Jaden Anderson, Layton, Sr., 6-1, Forward – 12.6 ppg

Lindsey Johnson, Brighton, Jr., 5-10, Guard – 10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg

Caitlyn Larsen, Viewmont, Sr., 5-10, Guard – 18.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.9 spg

Mariah Martin, Alta, Fr., 5-6, Guard – 12.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.9 spg

Shelby Richards, Riverton, Sr., 5-9, Guard – 14.5 ppg


2 of 24. Shelbee Molen, Fremont

Ms. Basketball

Junior, 5-10, Guard

2013-2014 statistics

16.6 points per game

Season high

27 points at Hillcrest on Dec. 27.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Shelbee Molen is a great athlete and one of the best, if not the best, offensive basketball players in the state. She always draws the opponents' best defender and, if you play zone, watch out because she will score 30 on you. She can go left or right and can hit any number of shots in any number of ways. She also shoots around 80-85 percent from the free throw line. ”

Past all-state honors

2013 — 5A Second Team

Player Note

Signed with BYU.


3 of 24. Amanda Wayment, Fremont

5A MVP

Senior, 6-1, Center

2013-2014 statistics

14.92 points per game

Season high

25 points vs. Syracuse on Feb. 14.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Amanda Waymant is a very good post player. She can go left or right and does a great job of finding ways to score. She runs the floor well and plays good defense. ”

Past all-state honors

2013 — 5A Second Team

Player Note

Signed with BYU.


4 of 24. Maddi Smith, Layton

5A Defensive MVP

Senior, 5-9, Guard

2013-2014 statistics

11.14 points per game

Season high

22 points at Bountiful on Dec. 6 and vs. Bingham on Dec. 31.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Maddi is a tough, passionate player who leads her team well. She is a great player on both sides of the ball. Offensively she has multiple ways to hurt you, she is strong and finishes well around the basket but can also hurt you from beyond 20 ft. She is a strong defender on and off the ball, she anticipates well and has great footwork."

Past all-state honors

2012 — 5A First Team

2012 — 5A Honorable Mention

Player Note

Signed with Snow College.


5 of 24. Jaden Anderson, Layton

5A First Team

Senior, 6-1, Forward

2013-2014 statistics

12.57 points per game

Season high

26 points at Syracuse on Feb. 4.

Opposing coach scouting report

“Has been a huge part of Layton’s success the past three years. She posts well and gets great position down low and can finish around the rim. She uses her body well on defense and is a good rebounder. Jaden also passes well. If she is doubled-down in the post, she will kick it out to an open guard spotting up, or if she is at the high post, she will feed it in to the post-down low."


1. NoBoxScot
Salt Lake City, Utah,
March 26, 2014

I much appreciate your coverage of these talented women. There are many more that didn't make the list but made it possible for those that did. It's just refreshing to read nothing but positive comments. I'll bet some of them wished you had picked better pictures. (:0)