Statewide Underclassmen to Watch in Girls Basketball

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Last Updated: December 12, 202324.8 min read

Now that the basketball season has begun, here are the Statewide Girls Underclassmen to Watch, as told by their head coaches!

Tulsa Public Area

Tulsa Union’s Isabella McSwain Bella, a Sophomore point guard, didn’t start her freshman year off as a starter for us, but found her way into the starting lineup about halfway through the season. Bella isn’t seeing the court because she is a last resort, Bella has earned what she has received. She is a gym rat, has good leadership qualities and isn’t afraid of the big moments. We are excited to see her growth as she continues to mature as a person and a player.

Tulsa Memorial’s Autumn Wright – Autumn is a 5’9″ sophomore that is a rebound magnet. She is very athletic and loves to rebound. She is a very good defender in the post and on the wing, making her a very versatile defender.

Tulsa Will Rogers’ Camari Lowmack

Tulsa Suburban Area

Jenks’ Hazel Ifeoma – Hazel is a freshman that stands out when she’s on the floor. She is physical, aggressive and does a lot of the little things that lead to success.

Bixby’s Kourtney Wright – Kourtney is an upcoming freshman who picked up her first D1 offer this summer. We are excited to see her grow & mature through the next four years.

Broken Arrow’s Brooklynn Smitherman – Brooklynn’s stock has risen over the course of the past season. She had the opportunity to play minutes on our varsity team last season as a freshman. Brooklynn is long and explosive. Her offseason focus has been on using that athleticism to her advantage. Brooklynn is getting to the rim without hesitation to finish and shooting the 3-ball better than a year ago. Defensively will be where she earns her stripes. She has the capability of being a lock down defender. Our staff believes she will have a breakout season!!

Sand Springs’ Tianna Butler and Aaliyah Simone – Tianna is a 6’1 freshman, great shot blocker but plays outside on the offensive end. Can shoot the 3 and put it on the floor as well. Aaliyah is a dynamic guard with explosion and strength as a freshman. She will have some big games scoring and making plays for others.

Sapulpa’s Riki McQuarters – Outstanding freshman year for us last year. Instrumental in helping us win a State Championship. Impeccable timing rebounder and just plays the games the right way.

Coweta’s Gia Dennis

Glenpool’s Yaya Gibson – Yaya is an outstanding freshmen with maturity beyond her age on the court. She is a fierce defender and a natural point guard with a great instinct for the game. She also possesses great leadership skills, and works as hard as anyone you will find.

Owasso Area

Owasso’s Sarah Yokley – Very excited for this young lady. Has shown alot of growth this summer. Her shot has improved tremendously along with her basketball IQ. She will have moments to play with upperclassmen that should help her grow even faster!

Collinsville’s Kobie Brader – Kobie had a great summer for us and is an ultimate competitor. She uses her speed to pressure the ball on defense and to push the ball and attack on offense. A good jump shooter that can also finish and great at creating shots for her teammates.

Skiatook’s Adilyn Whinery – Adi is a freshman that we are really excited about. Unfortunately, she tore her ACL this summer, but will have a great career here at Skiatook!

Catoosa’s Tinsley Mitchell – Incoming sophomore who led us last year in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals as a freshman.
Has a great jump shot and a true floor general.

Canadian Valley Area

Mustang’s Mya Alston – Mya was our second leading scorer as a freshman averaging 7.0 ppg, she was second on the team in FT % as well as 3rd in assists per game. Mya is 6’0, long and athletic. She is getting interest from multiple D1 schools like Tulsa, Texas Tech, KU, Jacksonville State and Texas Southern University. She will have a breakout year.

Yukon’s Kenlea Jefferson – Kenlea was the 2nd leading scorer (10.6ppg) as a freshman starter for the Millerettes. She led the team in 3 pointers made (62). She is a tenacious on ball defender with the ability to score at all three levels. She is an elite shooter with an explosive first step. She is an elite competitor and is never afraid to take the “big shot.” Look for her to take the next step in her sophomore season.

Piedmont’s Ava Watkins – Ava is a 5’11 post that can score at all three levels. She is as hard-working of a player as you will see. Her leadership on and off the court is way beyond her years. She does all the little things right.

Moore-Norman Area

Moore’s Michelle Anum – 6’1 4/5 that got varsity minutes last season. Has done nothing but improve since then. Super strong and deceptively quick for her size. Has expanded her game to play a forward position. Kid will continue to improve through her hard work.

Norman’s Ady Hybl – Fire Plug! Energizer!

Westmoore’s Kyiah Prestridge – Stats: 13.5 Pts /8 Rebs/ 3 Asst /3 Stls. Offers: Fairfield/OSU/SMU/Tulsa/San Jose State/ Louisiana Tech. She is a combo guard, 5’11. Kyiah can play any position on the floor and get the job done. She can guard, shoot, and drive off the dribble. Very aggressive and a hard worker! She lives in the gym.

Southmoore’s Addison Uzzi and Saniya Bonds – Addison Uzzi is a very talented freshman point guard who can see the floor extremely well and get to the bucket. She can also be an outside threat. Addison is a very quick and aggressive defender as well.
Saniya Bonds is a freshman post who dominates the paint. She is aggressive and can score the basketball. Saniya can also be an outside threat with her ability to shoot the ball and drive to the basket.

Washington’s Jayden Wells – Jayden can get overlooked due to the depth of the sophomore class. She was injured early in the season but came on strong late in the season and was a huge contributor in the playoffs and state tournament.

Community Christian’s Preslee Schrader – Preslee Schrader is a 5’11 guard that can score from the 3 point line or attacking the basket off of the dribble. She uses her size to alter opponents shots on the defensive end and she is also a very good rebounder.

OKC Tri-Cities Area

Tuttle’s Marissa Sandlin – Marissa is a tough, strong, physical guard. She can attack the basket and finish through contact. She is also a capable shooter. Defensively, she can guard any position, and is especially strong and tough in post defense. She is also an aggressive rebounder.

Shawnee Area

McLoud’s Creighton Conley – Creighton is a very talented freshman that can score multiple ways. She is great from the perimeter while also having a knack at getting to the rim.

Bethel’s Lexi Tucker – Lexi is a 5’10 guard/forward that we anticipate to have a breakout year. She hit some big shots for us last year as a freshman, but her role will be much bigger this year.

Tecumseh’s Janya Bruner – Janya is the exact definition of an ATHLETE. She is lightning-fast from end to end and can finish with the best of them. Her length and athleticism are unbelievable, which contributes to her also being one of the best young volleyball players around. We are looking forward to great things from her in our program over the next few years.

OKC Public/Private/Mid-Del City Area

Choctaw’s Aliyah Duval – Started for us as a freshman and is coming into her sophomore season ready to make a huge impact.
Getting looks from multiple schools and was our conference defensive player of the year last season.

Midwest City’s Sevyn Miller – Sevyn is one of the hardest workers in the gym. We are expected Sevyn to have a huge year for us.

Carl Albert’s Skylar Anderson, Jakary Brown, Essence Curry and Audrey Plunkett – I can’t name just one because all four of these ladies have a chance to start this year as sophomores.

Del City’s Courtnie McCarroll – She’s a strong lefty guard who has the ability to finish through contact. She averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds as a freshman.

Bethany’s Maddison McNutt and Ali Linn – Maddison is a 5’7 guard who has a great mind for the game. She is quick and sees the floor well. Her ability to communicate on the floor is elite and will help her make strides in her game this season. Ali is a 5’9 guard who is very strong. She has the ability to score on all three levels. Her game is an explosive one as she has the ability to finish at the rim with contact.

Jones’ Kitelyn Higgins – Kitelyn will play a key role coming off the bench this year for our team. She has an extremely athletic frame and is very coachable. We are excited to see improvement from her this year.

Ponca City Area

Ponca City’s Jasmine Sodowsky – A sophomore for the Lady Cat basketball team. She is a skilled player that the Lady Cats look forward to see on the court this coming season.

Newkirk’s Kate Free – Junior, three years starter.

Tonkawa’s Henley Hembree – Henley is a point guard who has a good shot and ability to get to the basket. She is constantly working and improving and we are excited to get her on the court this year.

Stillwater Area

Perry’s Bella Porter – Bella is due up for a big year. She got some varsity minutes last season but I expect her to extend those minutes. She is a competitor and does what it takes to win.

1-44 Corridor Area

Bristow’s Eden Bigpond – Eden is a great athlete that has potential to be a big contributor for our team. Her length and athleticism help her be a factor on both ends of the floor. She had a good summer and could make an impact on how successful we are able to be.

Kellyville’s Kallie Martin – Kallie is a very athletic freshman for us this year. She will bring a lot of energy to the team.

Stroud’s Nakaya Hogan – Nakaya is a freshman with great potential. She has been recognized by Oklahoma Hoop Girls for her shooting and ball handling skills. She is a smart player with great court awareness with makes her a threat at all times. She shoots well, passes well and is smart.

Depew’s Erica Peeler – Erica will be our most aggressive player. She will be who we look to for rebounds, setting screens and not afraid of contact to finish around the rim. She is capable of stepping out a shooting threes also. Vision of the floor is outstanding and is great on passing the ball down the court on a fast break.

Cleveland’s Emmy Southward – Emmy is a long guard. She can play inside or out and has a high ceiling.

Mannford’s Addison Pehrson – Addison is the younger sibling of Isabella. Going into her freshman year this season, a lot is expected of Addison and she will be ready. A great piece to our team and she is willing to do whatever is asked of her. Great team player.

Woodward Area

Woodward’s Lexi Mendell – Lexi came in and gave good minutes as a freshmen. A long sophomore with the ability to shoot outside and attack the lane. I am excited to see her step into more consistent minutes this year.

Mooreland/Freedom’s Olivia Clem – Olivia will be one of the best freshmen in the area. She is athletic, shoots the ball well and is an outstanding leader for an athlete her age.

Balko/Forgan’s Halle Littau – Really great athlete. Will play a huge role this season for us as a freshman. Extremely hard worker and spends a lot of time in the gym working on her game.

Enid Area

Kingfisher’s Abbie Myers – Abbie Myers is prime for a break out year. Her length and sized paired with her athleticism almost guarantee a double double every night. She will play a vital role this year for her team.

Chisholm’s Reagan Brinkley – Hard worker.

Garber’s Kailyn Bond – Kailyn is a talented freshman that will make an immediate impact. She is a great rebounder, having a great knack for being around the ball. She is strong and has great hands, scoring at multiple levels.

Oklahoma Bible Academy’s Kami Jenkins – Kami will be a key player for the OBA Lady Trojans this year as she looks to expand her role from last season. As a freshman, Jenkins saw action as the first guard off the bench in a season that saw OBA make an appearance at the state tournament for the first time in over a decade.

Kremlin-Hillsdale’s Maddy Lockhart – She will be a sophomore this year, was my 6th man last year. Should move into a starting spot this year. She is a pure shooter and good ball handler. State medalist in Cross Country, should serve her well in our full court run and jump defense. I expect her to move into the point guard role this year. She is an excellent passer with great court vision.

Covington-Douglas’ Tessa Navratil – Tessa is a freshman with elite speed. She has spent a good amount of time becoming a shooter. She will help tremendously on both ends of the floor.

Altus Area

Altus’ Hayden Castillo – Freshman guard, shoots the ball well. Good speed on the court.

Chickasha Area

Chickasha’s Mea Ginn – Mea was solid for us last year and will be huge for us this year. She is a strong kid that is constantly working on her game. She has been gaining interest from NAIA and JUCO schools. I believe after this year, she’ll gain a lot more.

Lawton Area

Elgin’s Kynli Garrett – Kynli is coming in as a freshman this year and is an amazing, all-around athlete and will be our starting point guard. Kynli is the most competitive player I’ve ever coached, and she’s always willing to do what it takes to win a ballgame.

Empire/Temple’s Keira Pineda – Keira is lighting-quick and plays with that grit and enthusiasm that coaches love. She loves to play fast, aggressive and goes all out, all of the time. Her skill set really expanded throughout last season and she spent her summer and fall in the gym, so she is much improved from a maturity and scoring standpoint.

Duncan Area

Central Marlow’s KK Delaney – KK is our defensive anchor and motor! She started as a freshman last year for all but two games. During that season, she averaged 2.7ppg, 2.6rpg, and 2.4 steals per game that evened out to 53 steals on the season. She is the girl that every night I know she’s going to give her team 100% and is always up to the challenge of guarding the opposing team’s best player.

Duncan’s Dasia Givens – Dasia is a well-rounded player. She’s a strong rebounder and on-ball defender. Offensively, she’s a great passer who always has her eyes up looking down the court. She has developed a good three point shot and can finish strong around the basket.

Ardmore Area

Ardmore’s Josie Coe – Josie is a true point guard who is able to facilitate the floor, great ball handling skills, penetrates gaps and shoots the ball very well. She also is after the ball on defense and aggressive.

Lone Grove’s Rayahna White – Rayahna was our starting point guard and best defender last season as a freshman. She ran our offense and drew the hardest defensive assignment every night. Rayahna was also a state qualifier in XC her freshman year, as well as the top of her class academically.

Plainview’s Abby Chaney – Abby hit some big shots for us in the postseason last year as a freshman and will look to expand on her role from a year ago. We expect her game to take a big leap forward, as she’s had a good offseason and will continue to improve as an athlete and player.

Healdton’s JeriAnn Riner – JeriAnn is a multisport athlete. Works hard on the floor and not afraid of the spotlight. Doesn’t feel overwhelmed when put in difficult situations. Will be an important part of this year’s success.

Wilson’s Liberty Forsythe – Liberty is one of our seven talented incoming freshman that I am excited to coach this season. Liberty had a great summer at team camp and really improved with the summer reps, adjusting to the speed of the game at the varsity level. I have high expectation for her this upcoming season.

Weatherford/Clinton Area

Clinton’s Brooklyn Aston – Brook is an incoming freshman that has loads of potential. As she continues to learn the game, she will be an impact player on both ends of the court. She is approximately 5’10 with the ability to play inside and out. She has the ability to score at multiple levels as well as defend multiple positions.

Grand Lake Area

Vinita’s Sara Hency – Sarah is a sophomore post that can shoot from the outside. She is a strong kid, can use both hands and is physical.

Pryor Area

Locust Grove’s Claire Hooker, Olivia Stokes and Hannah Bond – All three athletes have the capability to play next level with their skill matched with their great basketball IQ. Hannah and Claire are sophomores and Olivia is a freshman. They are great culture kids, work well with criticism and always work hard.

Claremore Area

Verdigris’ Grace Waters 

Bartlesville Area

Bartlesville’s Avery Grounds – Avery is a very athletic player who plays with great passion. I feel like she has tremendous potential to help our team succeed this year and in the years to come.

Dewey’s CJ Jones – CJ had a promising freshman year, and I expect an even better sophomore year performance. CJ is a long and athletic player with a diverse skill set.

McCurtain County Area

Broken Bow’s Aubrey Hightower – Aubrey is a sophomore who is going to get people talking this season. Look for her to have a breakout season. She is a guard who has the skillset to be a special basketball player for us. She is going to take on a much bigger role this season for us. She has put in the time and extra work this summer and I believe she is going to have a big sophomore season.

Wright City’s Grace Vance – Grace saw playing time as a freshman and really developed as a player as the season progressed. I expect even greater things out of her this season. She has worked at developing her inside game as well as her mid-range jumper. Grace will be a big asset to her team with her ability to score in the post.

McCurtain’s Brilee Scarberry – She has the chance to be an outstanding player all four years if she stays healthy. Very fast and quick, QUICK hands. She will be one of the best freshman around (any class).

McAlester Area

Kiowa’s Ella Roberts, Paige Igou, Maccie Bain and Kaci Rose

Durant Area

Durant’s Abrianna Freeman 5’10 sophomore. Great length and makes a difference on both ends of the floor.

Atoka’s Hadli Campbell – Hadli helped lead her team at Lane to two ORES State Championships. Hadli seems to be allergic to losing. She works very hard in practice and puts in a lot of time on her own to improve her game. Hadli is most naturally suited to play the 3 or perhaps the 2. This summer I asked her to play the 1 several times. You could tell that wasn’t natural for her but she battled and she was mad because she couldn’t always win the battle off the dribble. She worked all summer/fall on becoming a better point guard. We are a better team with the ball in her hand and need her to play PG to improve our chances.

Caddo’s Kayden Prince Kayden looks to make a big impact as a freshman. As a 5’9 point guard, she will be competing for lots of minutes on this ream and can impact the game with her scoring and length.

Ada/Pauls Valley Area

Davis’ Presley Hunt – Presley was a very good three-point shooter last year as a freshman. Multiple games she had five threes in. She looks to build on her overall game and be our go-to girl on offense.

Okmulgee Area

Okemah’s Savanah Switch – Savanah is a freshman that can score from the three or get to rim well. Good ball handler and passer that will make us better next year.

Beggs’ Tessa Christy – Tessa is a sophomore who has worked hard over the summer on her strength and conditioning. She continues to work on her shot and is quickly becoming a player to watch.

Okmulgee’s Daijah Ghoston and Caedence Smith Daijah Ghoston is a sophomore who has shown the potential to be a top post player in the area by her senior year. Caedence Smith is a freshman that’s full of energy and willing to leave it all on the court.

Morris’ Reagan Bowling – 6’2 guard/forward player who can knock down perimeter shots, attack the basket and play inside. She played a lot of minutes as a freshman and should be one of our top scorers this year. She will play significant minutes this year as well.

Wilson (Henyretta)’s Gracie Bear – Gracie is a solid shooter from the perimeter and she can also take the ball off the dribble and create her own shot. She is strong with the ball and can finish at the rim.

Preston’s Taylan Starr – Taylan is a dynamic athlete that also excels at softball. We look for her to have a great impact on our team.

Muskogee Area

Muskogee’s NyAsia Ivy – NyAsia is sophomore who will play a major impact role for us this year. She is a streaky perimeter shooter, who is also dedicated on the defensive end. NyAsia is the student athlete who plays with passion and energy anytime she is on the floor.

Hilldale’s Darian Diles – 6’0 forward who can bring the ball up the floor and score inside and out. Great hands on defense and very quick.

Fort Gibson’s Kashae Brown & Lia Peters – Kashae is a 5’11 freshman forward that is long and rangy with the ability to post, slash and shoot. We’re excited to watch her development moving forward. She excels in the classroom as well and fits nicely with our team. Expecting big things ahead for her. Lia Peters is a 5’9 freshman guard who has improved rapidly. An extremely hard worker on defense and plays with an edge. Great student as well. She will figure into the puzzle for the Lady Tigers. Lia is another player who can play multiple positions.

Oktaha’s Mileigh Needham – Mileigh is a sophomore that plays hard all the time. She will bring a toughness to our team and we will look to her to score some this year as well.

Eufaula’s Johna Bumgarner – She has put in so much time in the gym and is ready to break out this year as a three-point shooter. She is also a very physical player on defense and will help us in rebounding the ball. She has matured as a player, understanding her role and what she needs to do for our team to have success.

Porum’s Adysen Dishman, Mesa Coulston and Leia Johnson – All three are very vital to the game and each bring a different look to it. As a guard, Ady has good size, sees the floor well and typically outsizes the girl she is guarding. In the rare event that a small guard is placed on, her she can post up as well. Mesa Coulston is a finesse player that has a quick first step or can make a move and score under thee bucket. She seems to know where the ball is going before it gets there. She is also deadly from the three-point line. If a big girl is placed on her, she will simply step behind the line and shoot it. Leia Johnson is a blocking-out, rebounding machine. She is a little undersized but does a good job of getting people in foul trouble. The rougher the game, the better she scores.

Okay’s Teagan James – Teagan is a fierce athlete and competitor. Teagan works hard each and every day and she sets the tone in both games and in practice. Teagan is selfless and wants her teammates to succeed more than herself. She is consistent when playing and she gives everything she has, every time she plays. Teagan encourages her teammates and no matter what situation the team is in, Teagan stays calm, cool and collected. She is a very coachable player and she does whatever it takes to see the team succeed.

Sallisaw/Poteau Area

Poteau’s Ava Zink – Ava is an incredibly athletic sophomore who works hard every day to do the right things and improve individually. We believe she will become a key player to our success this year.

Sallisaw’s Hannah Palmer and Emma Martin – Hannah, a sophomore, is coming off a great summer both in High School team camps and her AAU circuit. She is a guard who can be explosive off the dribble and shoots the three well. She will play some point guard for us as well as the 2 guard. We look forward to seeing her take on a more significant scoring roll this year. Emma is also entering her sophomore season. She had quality minutes last year as a freshman. She brings a high level of toughness and competitiveness to our team. She continues to improve offensively. We are excited for leadership as sophomore through her effort and willingness to do all the little things.

Muldrow’s Kayla Ellingberg – Kayla is a 5’11 post girl who will be a force inside. She will play some big minutes for us this coming year.

Roland’s Ryanne Nelke and Halle Freeman – Both freshmen are 6’0 and will step in and help immediately. Ryanne Nelke is a good outside threat and sees the floor to make other teammates better. Halle Freeman is very athletic and will bring defensive intensity and an inside scoring presence.

Spiro’s Brynleigh Graham – Brynleigh is a problem for the opposing teams on both ends of the floor. As a freshman, she averaged 9.0 PPG and 8.5 RPG. Defensively, she makes it difficult with her size and length to get a quality look in the paint. As she matures and progresses, she will only continue to get better.

Panama’s Sky Bluford – A tremendous athlete that handles the point and controls the tempo on both sides of the ball.

Heavener’s Taylee Baker – Taylee Baker is definitely an underclassmen to watch. She is overall a team player, can knock down a three and is just a very uplifting person to be around. Taylee will definitely do big things for Heavener.

Howe’s Slatey Jo Free – Slatey is extremely quick and elusive with the basketball in her hands. She will be looking to take the next step and lead her team with her ability to create shots for herself and her teammates.

Tahlequah Area

Tahlequah’s Carsyn Gilbert – Carsyn is a sophomore guard that picked up significant experience late in the season last year due to injuries. Carsyn is a good shooter who continues to get better every day.

Stilwell’s Prairie Holmes –  A 5’8 sophomore, she has a knack for hitting big shots from behind the arc. Prairie will play a vital role in our team’s offense this season. She has the ability to stretch the defense which will open up driving lanes for her teammates. She can also attack the rim and shoot the pull-up jumper. Prairie has length with instincts and quick hands-on defense often forcing turnovers.

Keys’ Kenlee Comer – Kenlee is a 5’10 sophomore who has done nothing but improve. She has really grown as a player over the summer and we’re excited to see her play this season.

Westville’s Kaleigh Carte – She is a sophomore and led our team in scoring last year. I expect her to have a breakout season and continue to grow as a point guard. Kaleigh is athletic, has a great shot and sees the floor well.

Hulbert’s Brooke-Lynne Norton, Mya Soap-Henson and Aveah Gifford – Brooke (5’5″ Freshman) is a tough and talented freshman. She can shoot the ball very well but is good at everything. Her mental toughness is what sets her apart, she doesn’t back down from anyone. The coaching staff is excited to see what she can do this season. Mya (5’5″ Freshman) is a quick, do-it-all guard. Mya is just scratching the surface of how good she can be. She is solid on offense and a great 1 on 1 defender already. She will make our team better this season. Aveah Gifford (5’11” Freshman) is an athletic post player with tons of potential. Aveah was a double double every night for us in JH basketball last season. She will provide post depth and help us with rebounding this season. We are excited to see how she continues to develop.

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