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Mountain View Girls Basketball Season Preview

Mountain View’s Iceis Walker

Mountain View’s Iceis Walker

COACH: Jackie Lindquist

2012-13 RECORD: 18-10

RETURNING REGULARS:

D’Andra Pringle, 5-7, Jr.

Iceis Walker, 5-5, Jr.

Aneysa Williams, 5-5, Jr.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Jordan Stallworth, 6-2, Soph.

Arianna Williams, 5-8, Jr.

Kennedy Stanciel, 5-10, Sr.

OUTLOOK: Entering its fifth season, Mountain View’s program is on solid ground and is coming off the best showing in school history. The up-tempo Bears, who have been stout defensively, have a group of regulars back from its first state tournament team. The returnees include a trio of juniors who are proven players in D’Andra Pringle, Iceis Walker and Aneysa Williams. Post Jordan Stallworth, one of the area’s top young interior players, also is building off a big freshman season, while head coach Jackie Lindquist also sees Arianna Williams and Kennedy Stanciel as being key members of the rotation.

WORTH NOTING: The Bears’ 18 wins set a new school record, topping the previous best of 11 from 2011-12. Their first state playoff berth was exciting and it came via a 52-51 win over rival Mill Creek, a program they hadn’t beaten until last season. After losing to eventual state champion Norcross in the region tourney semifinals, they bounced back to beat Duluth 77-76 in overtime to take third in tough 7-AAAAAA. Mountain View lost its state tourney debut, though, falling to North Forsyth. … The early-season schedule will be tough for the Bears, who open up with a strong Archer team and follow it up with the always tough Parkview Tip-Off Classic. … Lindquist, the only coach in program history, won a state title in 2001 as a Central Gwinnett assistant.

FAST FACT: Mountain View has gotten off to strong starts the past few seasons. The team posted four wins to open the 2012-13 season as part of a 10-3 start, which came on the heels of an 8-1 start to the 2011-12 season.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Nov. 16 West Forsyth (boys)

Nov. 19 Archer

Nov. 22 at Dacula

Nov. 23, 25-26 at Parkview Tip-Off Classic (girls)

Dec. 3 North Gwinnett

Dec. 7 at Meadowcreek

Dec. 10 at Norcross

Dec. 13 at Habersham

Dec. 16 Duluth

Dec. 20 Collins Hill

Dec. 27-28, 30 at Wolverine Winter Classic at West Forsyth (girls)

Jan. 7 at Peachtree Ridge

Jan. 10 at Mill Creek

Jan. 11 at North Gwinnett

Jan. 17 Meadowcreek

Jan. 21 Norcross

Jan. 24 Habersham Central

Jan. 25 Alcovy

Jan. 28 at Duluth

Jan. 31 at Collins Hill

Feb. 4 Peachtree Ridge

Feb. 7 Mill Creek