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VYPE Austin Basketball Preview: Breaking Down Preseason Ranked Girls Private School Teams (No. 1-5)

Lydia Headley plans to lead Round Rock Christian Academy to more success in 2018-2019. Photo from Erica Wagner.

We released the preseason Top 10 for VYPE Austin area private school girls basketball teams the other day. Now, it's time to release previews and interviews for the first through fifth ranked teams. Stay tuned for more content in the coming days. Also, thanks to Hill Country Indoor for being an incredible host for the inaugural VYPE Austin basketball photoshoot.

No. 1 Brentwood Christian School Bears

Head Coach: Mike Milligan

2017-2018 Record: 32-12 (9-2)

2017-2018 Finish: Lost to Lake Country Christian School in TAPPS 4A state championship game

Key returning players: Jaclyn Wishard, Nyna Vasquez, Kelli Tindel and Abigail Walker

Brentwood Christian School begins a new coaching era, with Mike Milligan taking over, but has the star-studded talent to continue its success on the court. The Bears are led by returning seniors and all-state players Jaclyn Wishard and Nyna Vasquez. They're joined by all-tournament junior Kelli Tindel and second-team all-district Abigail Walker, who's back for her sophomore year. They have incredible experience from their run to the 2017-2018 TAPPS 4A state championship game, so expect another deep run in 2018-2019.

No. 2 Austin St. Michael's Catholic Academy Crusaders

Head Coach: Darrel Smith

2017-2018 Record: 24-8 (5-1)

2017-2018 Finish: Lost to Fort Worth Christian School in TAPPS 5A area round

Key returning players: Kathryn Morton, Amber McGee, Alexis Threadgill and Addison Earley

Austin St. Michael's Catholic Academy lost two all-state players from its 2017-2018 playoff appearance, but has the necessary experience to extend its postseason streak in 2018-2019. The Crusaders are led by first-team all-district selection Kathryn Morton, who's back for her junior year. She's joined by senior Amber McGee, who was a second-teamer last season like sophomores Alexis Threadgill and Addison Earley. Senior Lyla Senn and junior Olivia Muth add important depth as honorable mentions. The Crusaders are not only a contender for the TAPPS 4-5A title, but will also be in the mix for multiple playoff wins.

No. 3 Texas School for the Deaf Rangers

Head Coach: Brian Sipek

2017-2018 Record: 28-9 (6-4)

2017-2018 Finish: Lost to Brentwood Christian School in TAPPS 4A state semifinals

Key returning players: Sunita Schmidjorg, Michaela Kelly and Ashlene Etkie

Texas School for the Deaf has been one of the area's most productive programs, with its 119 wins over the past five seasons. The Rangers also have a top-tier leader in all-state senior guard Sunita Schmidjorg. There's also all-district guard/forward Ashlene Etkie and all-district forward Michaela Kelly, who are back for their junior year. With players like them, expect the program to continue its success in 2018-2019.

No. 4 Round Rock Christian Academy Crusaders

Head Coach: Harvey Vaughn

2017-2018 Record: 21-8 (4-2)

2017-2018 Finish: Lost to Beaumont Legacy Christian Academy in the TAPPS 3A regional final

Key returning players: Lydia Headley, Rose Curtis and Elisan Wagner

Round Rock Christian Academy has six of its nine all-district selections from a regional final run in 2017-2018, so its future is bright. Junior Lydia Headley will lead the Crusaders because she returns from a first-team all-district season. Seniors Rose Curtis and Elisan Wagner lead a second-team group that also includes junior Jasmine Eckert. The talented roster continues with honorable mention juniors Makaila Beardmore and Allie Cermak, so the team can reach a state final four in 2018-2019.

No. 5 Austin Waldorf School Roadrunners

Head Coach: Erik Olson

2017-2018 Record: 26-6 (6-0)

2017-2018 Finish: Lost to Shiner St. Paul in TAPPS 2A regional final

Key returning players: Risa Olson and Miranda Sekel

Austin Waldorf School is coming off a great 2017-2018 season, but has to replace all-state Emma Olson and all-district Olivia Marek, who were lost to graduation. Luckily for the Roadrunners, they won't have to look far for their next leaders. That's because juniors Risa Olson and Miranda Sekel are coming off second-team all-state campaigns. The roster has a great supporting cast, which is made up of all-district talents Sofia Rivera-Osorio, Ruby Tunney, Clara Pickens and Ruby Bledsoe, so expect another strong showing in the TAPPS playoffs.

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