Mountain View High School
Conference: 5A Southern Idaho Conference
Head Coach: Connie Skogrand
Years as Head Coach: 12
Previous Experience: Head Coach at Meridian High School for 8 years, JV Coach at Borah for 4 years.
Record Last Year: 20-6
State Titles: None
Jon Slocum, Ricky Appell, Jaime Luke
Who do you have coming back this year?
Any Returning Players with Honors?
Destiny Slocum: First Team All- State, 1st All-Conference, Team MVP. Broke School Scoring Record (920pts)
Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
Josie Hardy (Post) Defensive player. Best shot blocker.
Photo By: Steve Conner - #24 Destiny Slocum
Written by: Ryan Lee
“Unfinished Business,” that is the motto this year for the Lady Mountain View Mavericks basketball team. After finishing third last year in the state tournament, Mountain View returns eight players (Four Seniors) from last year’s team and the Lady Mavericks look to be primed and ready to make a state title run entering into the 2014-15 season. Mountain View is led again this season by 5’8” junior guard, All-Idaho first-team selection (second year in a row), and future University of Washington verbal commit, Destiny Slocum. Last season, Destiny averaged 22 points per game, 4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3 steals, while shooting 43 percent from the field.
If Mountain View wants to make a state title run they will need to establish a presence in the key and replace graduating senior, Josie Hardy, who was the best shot blocker for the Mavericks last season. Compared to the rest of the teams in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference, Mountain View has a sure height advantage over most of its opponents.
This is one thing Coach Connie Skogrand wants to take advantage of this season both offensively and defensively this season. “I love our chemistry as a team but if we want to take our team to the next level we will need to improve our inside game and rebounding this season.”
Leading the Lady Mavericks in the front court this season will be a trio of seniors: 5-11 post Alyssa Case, 6-2 post, Audra Perry, and 5’8” forward, Drew Pikes. These three ladies hope to lead the way for the Mavericks by establishing a dominating presence in the key this season.
In the backcourt, Slocum will be joined by 5’8” senior guard, Alyssa Case, 5’5” junior guard, Devenee Villareal, and a couple of underclassman in Abby Kreeiser and Kayla Anderson. Mountain View loves to play fast, and with five guards coming back from last season the Mavericks have the experience and the personnel to put pressure on opposing defenses for all 32 minutes of a game.
Over the last decade, Idaho’s 5A girls’ basketball remains dominated by the northern Idaho schools. The four north 5A schools have combined to win the past eight 5A state championships. Coach Skogrand hopes to buck the trend this season and get back to the state tournament where her team has a shot of making a title run. “The keys for us to make a run for a state championship this season are for everyone to stay healthy and improve our team rebounding. I am very excited about this upcoming season and I believe our team chemistry, speed, and experience will help us this season.”
GAMES TO WATCH: Mountain View looks to battle with conference foes Boise and Centennial for the conference crown this season. Last season, Mountain View went 1-2 vs Centennial and 2-1 vs Boise. These will be the games to watch for this season in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference.