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HS BASKETBALL:

New faces, same tradition for Green Valley girls

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Green Valley basketball players, from left, Mackenzie Butler, Shavon Stevens and Angelica Mack.

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Ashley Brooks

Green Valley High girls basketball coach Ashley Brooks talks about the upcoming season.

It’s no stretch to call the Green Valley girl’s basketball team a perennial power in the Southeast division.

The Gators have won at least 24 games and reached the Sunrise Region Championship in each of the last three seasons. First-year coach Ashley Brooks has no interest in lowering the expectations in 2010-2011.

“The girls that were maybe role players last year are ready to step up and fill some spots,” Brooks said. “They’ve been waiting for it. Everyone is contributing. It’s very team-oriented.”

One of Green Valley’s leaders will be 5-foot-11 center Angelica Mack, a returning starter. Although Mack has always been dominant inside and averaged 10 rebounds per game last year, she has focused on becoming a more complete player in the offseason.

“She’s really developed an outside game,” Brooks said. “I told her she needed to do it to become more a threat. We need her to be more versatile.”

Green Valley’s other top returner is 5-foot-7 senior guard Shavon Stevens. The Gators will also enjoy the services of Mackenzie Butler.

Butler went to Green Valley last year, but had to sit out a season after transferring from Bishop Gorman.

“She’s been waiting for this chance,” Brooks said. “She wants to show everyone what she can do.”

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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