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By René Ferrán

SBLive Oregon is breaking down more than 100 Oregon high school basketball teams. Here’s our look at the Redmond Panthers girls of the Class 5A Intermountain Conference. 

REDMOND TEAM PAGE

HEAD COACH

Angela Capps, ninth season (48-133)

2019-20 AT A GLANCE

Overall record: 3-18

League record: 2-8 (fifth in Intermountain)

Playoffs: None

ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS DEPARTED

F Ellie Corwin, second team

PLAYERS TO WATCH

P Skyla Gonzales, Jr., 5-10

Gonzales made the all-IMC honorable mention list after leading the Panthers in scoring (10.5 points per game) and rebounding (6.7 per game) last season. Capps loves her versatility in the middle of the offense. “She is active in the post but also has nice range from 10-15 feet as an outstanding shooter,” Capps said.

G Madyson Dove, Sr., 5-5

Dove is a combo guard who plays mostly at off guard, where she started for the Panthers last season. “She brings experience with a high level of energy and enthusiasm,” Capps said. “She will bring the leadership needed for our young team this year.”

W Kendall Castrow, Jr., 5-7

Castrow is a returning starter and solid rebounder who gained significant experience during a tough rebuilding season as a sophomore. “Kendall is our workhorse who will give her all in any position she is asked to play,” Capps said.

OUTLOOK

Coming off a 2018-19 season in which the Panthers made their first state playoff appearance in 14 years, Capps knew last season would be a difficult one because of graduation losses. 

Corwin suffered a broken hand that cost her half of the season and top three-point shooter Klanci Hinton went down with a season-ending ankle injury before the first game, and things quickly went downhill.

“We learned a great deal about adversity and life lessons that season,” Capps said.

This season got off to a similarly ominous start, with nine players missing the first week of official practice because of COVID-19 quarantine. 

The future looks increasingly bright, however. Gonzales and Castrow are two veteran pieces who will gain even more experience this spring while 10 freshmen, including Capps’ daughter Brynn, get their feet wet — many of them at the varsity level. 

It’s a freshman group that has played together since fifth grade, and the shortened season followed by summer ball will make the transition a bit easier and less pressure-packed than in other seasons.

COACH SAID 

“This will be the start of an exciting rebuilding process for Redmond. At this point, we are finding our way with the mix of our few experienced returners and fitting the pieces of the puzzle with our young players. This team is a fun group to coach, and it will be exciting to see what the newcomers bring to the program over the next few years.” — Angela Capps

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