Seycove's Brianna Norman, a rising senior ahead of the 2021-22 season, is one of the players to watch next season in the B.C. senior AA ranks. (Photo by Sean Clancy property of Seycove athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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15 players to watch in 2021-22: B.C. girls basketball Double-A ranks filled with a class of rising senior talent

LANGLEY — Based on the tier’s senior Class of 2020, a group filled with as much dynamic talent as we’ve perhaps ever seen, the Double-A girls Class of 2o22 has a lot to live up to.

Yet consider all of the senior varsity experience they have already accumulated and the betting money says they won’t disappoint.

Day two of our four-day run gives way to Triple-A on Wednesday and Quad-A on Thursday.

Varsity Letters did not take part in the player selection.

DOUBLE A

SYDNEY BRADSHAW

Langley Christian’s Sydney Bradshaw. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)

SYDNEY BRADSHAW

School: Langley Christian

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-6

Position: Point guard

The skinny: Sees the floor like a floor general should for her Lightning. The senior is a threat both off the bounce and from outside the arc.

FINLEY BUTLER

Finley Butler of the York House Tigers. (Photo by David Prissinotti property of York House athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)

FINLEY BUTLER

School: York House (Vancouver)

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 6-foot

Position: Forward

The skinny: Equally adept both inside and out, Butler loves to run the floor and shoot the three for the Tigers.

TAELOR COXFORD

Langley Christian’s Taelor Coxford. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)

TAELOR COXFORD

School: Langley Christian

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 6-foot-2

Position: Forward

The skinny: A legitimate dual threat with the ability to dominate inside and find her stride from the outside.

ABIGAIL HAZARD

Lambrick Park’s Abigail Hazard. (Photo by Gary Baker property of Lambrick Park athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)

ABIGAIL HAZARD

School: Lambrick Park (Victoria)

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-9

Position: Guard

The skinny: Penetrates the paint well and is a threat from distance. High IQ and on-court aggression are hallmarks of Hazard’s game.

BERNADET LEDA

Notre Dame’s Bernadet Leda. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)

BERNADET LEDA

School: Notre Dame (Vancouver)

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-4

Position: Guard

The skinny: Her quickness a key part of her game for the Jugglers. Leda can dish or create her own offence, as well as drain the three ball.

SAMANTHA MARK

York House rising senior Samantha Mark. (Photo by Jonathan Lee property of York House athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)

SAMANTHA MARK

School: York House (Vancouver)

In 2021-222: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-6

Position: Guard

The skinny: Great work ethic coupled with coachability keeps her stock on the rise. Strong perimetre shooter.

BRIANNA NORMAN

Seycove’s Brianna Norman. (Photo by Sean Clancy property of Seycove athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)

BRIANNA NORMAN

School: Seycove (North Vancouver)

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-9

Position: Guard/forward

The skinny: Active, shut-down defender is as versatile as they come with the ability to play at any spot on the floor.

GABRIELE PANZETTA

St. Thomas Aquinas’ Gabby Panzetta (far right). (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)

GABRIELE PANZETTA

School: St. Thomas Aquinas (North Vancouver)

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 6-foot-1

Position: Post

The skinny: A strong interior presence whose game continues to develop beyond the paint for the Fighting Saints.

AVERY RATCLIFFE

York House’s Avery Ratcliffe. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)

AVERY RATCLIFFE

School: York House (Vancouver)

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-10

Position: Forward

The skinny: A front court player who can run the point, her versatility stems from her IQ, vision and passing abilities.

EMILY ROKOSH

Holy Cross’ Emily Rokosh. (Photo by Amy Rokosh property of Holy Cross athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)

EMILY ROKOSH

School: Holy Cross (Surrey)

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-7

Position: Forward

The skinny: Strong leadership qualities in a courageous player who knows when to pass, take the three or drive to the hoop.

MAIA RUSSELL-NELSON

Seycove’s Maia Russell-Nelson. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)

MAIA RUSSELL-NELSON

School: Seycove (North Vancouver)

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-4

Position: Point guard

The skinny: Dynamic shooter, aggressive defender, this high-IQ player handles the ball well under pressure for her Seyhawks.

LAINEY SHELVEY

Langley Christian’s Lainey Shelvey. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)

LAINEY SHELVEY

School: Langley Christian

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-8

Position: Guard

The skinny: As a terrific on-ball defender with a penchant to finish around the rim, she brings an edge to the Lightning.

REECE TAM

Collingwood’s Reece Tam. (Photo by Ryan Tobin property of Collingwood athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)

REECE TAM

School: Collingwood (West Vancouver)

In 2021-22: Grade 10

Height: 5-foot-6

Position: Guard

The skinny: Dedicated to defence, and able to shoot from distance with ease. Ability to see the court and distribute also great strengths.

MILA URBAN

York House’s Mila Urban. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)

MILA URBAN

School: York House (Vancouver)

In 2021-22: Grade 12

Height: 5-foot-6

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

The skinny: A talented swing threat, Urban gives the Tigers both an attacking threat and a shooter with range.

LUCY XU

Collingwood’s Lucy Xu (right). (Photo by Ryan Tobin property of Collingwood athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)

LUCY XU

School: Collingwood (West Vancouver)

In 2021-22: Grade 10

Height: 6-foot

Position: Guard/forward

The skinny: Great first step. Just as talented beyond the arc as she is going to the hoop. Plays beyond her years.

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