All South Metro Girls Basketball selections

Girls team features four seniors, a junior and a sophomore

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Natalie Baker, Chaparral
Kendall Bradbury, Valor Christian
Mikaela Eppard, Cherry Creek
Ciera Morgan, Highlands Ranch
Chelsea Pearson, Mountain Vista
Lexy Thorderson, Rock Canyon
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After learning about the six players selected to Colorado Community Media’s All South Metro Girls Basketball Team, one coach commented that she could win with this squad.

The six-player team was chosen by the CCM sports staff from among players in the south metro Denver area, and the chosen players would give any coach a variety of winning options.

There isn’t much height on the team of Natalie Baker of Chaparral, Cherry Creek’s Mikaela Eppard, Kendall Bradbury of Valor Christian, Ciera Morgan of Highlands Ranch, Chelsea Pearson of Mountain Vista and Rock Canyon’s Lexy Thorderson. But still, there is plenty of rebounding ability, and all six players are scoring threats.

The 6-foot Thorderson, a senior who will play next season for San Diego State, was a problem for opposing defenses to contain this year because she could score from long range and also do damage in the paint. She led the Continental League with a 17.8 scoring average and made 73 3-point baskets. Thorderson also averaged 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game

Morgan, a 5-9 senior who will play at the University of Denver next season, was the offensive spark for the Falcons. She can score from outside and penetrate to create opportunities for both herself and teammates. She averaged 17.3 points to finish second behind Thorderson in the Continental scoring race.

Baker, at 5-10, was the Continental League’s leading rebounder, averaging 9.8 boards per game. The University of Wyoming-bound senior scored at a 14.9 clip.

For the second straight season, Eppard averaged a double-double for Cherry Creek. She is very good around the basket, scoring 15.6 points while pulling down 10.9 rebounds and she managed 3.5 assists per game. The 5-11 senior will attend Elmhurst College next year and play basketball.

Bradbury, a 5-10 junior, led Valor with a 17.1 scoring average and also pulled down 8.7 rebounds per game.

Pearson, who stands 5-8, was part of a talented class of sophomore players in the area. She connected on 66 3-point baskets and averaged 13.3 points and 2.4 steals per game.

Players eligible for the team come from all schools in Douglas County, the Littleton Public Schools District and from Cherry Creek High School.