Yes it was the easy way out to pick Carondelet to win the BVAL title for a fourth straight season. But the Cougars are the champs until someone beats them. As good as Deer Valley was last season, it could be the team to do that this year. St. Mary’s-Stockton guard Erica Helms transferring in helped the Wolverines ease the loss of Necolia Simmons and Rose Docena. With Helms and Ashley Garcia in the backcourt and a front court of Ashley Ellis, Deserie Azlin and Ashley Hudson, Deer Valley might have enough to beat Carondelet.
But the Cougars still have Jayne Appel… enough said.
Clayton Valley could also be a factor with transfers Vernessa Roberts and Natalia Del Bene making up for the loss of all but two players from last season. Pittsburgh should be improved with first-year coach Albert Nunez and the return of Easter Faafiti. Liberty, with Gianna Covarelli and Alexis Brown, Ygnacio Valley with Whitney Ligons and Antioch, with Antonette Capili, should all also be improved.
Freedom and first year coach Jeff Jonas are in a rebuilding stage, but have already eclipsed their win total from last season.