Girls basketball tops the competition


Camellia Clark

Senior Jordana Price surveys the court against Bishop Blanchet. In a match-up between two of the top teams in the state, the Vikings persevered in a 52-50 win. After being bounced out of the first round in state in the past two years, the team seeks to win its first state championship.

Natasha Van Damme, News Editor

Once again, to no one’s surprise, girls basketball is doing extremely well.  They are currently ranked second in the state.

“I am hoping we will win KingCo again, like we’ve done the last few years,” senior Deja Strother said.

They have so far met preseason expectations by starting out 12-1 (9-0 KingCo), their lone defeat from a nonconference game against Monroe, where they lost by a mere nine points on Dec. 27.

Senior captain Jordana Price believes the team’s success is due partly to the talent on the team but largely because of the team unity.

“We have the most talented team in the state,” Price said, “but usually that doesn’t win games if you can’t work well together and we have learned to really put our individual talents together.”

Most of the girls can hold their own on the court, but each of them have specific skills they are especially known for.

“With our starters, we have Deja, she is definitely strong on both the offense and defense. She can get us 20 points and 15 rebounds a game and that definitely makes her a big target,” Price said.  “Then we have Alex, she is a really good shooter; definitely a big scorer for us too. Kennedy is a phenomenal rebounder. She is our secret weapon. She comes in and people don’t really know who they’re supposed to look out for. They are all really focused on Deja and then Kennedy just scores. Then we have Kenzie: a really quick and reliable player.You can always count on her to pick the ball up.”

The team does not have a weak link; their bench is filled with talented athletes.

“On our bench, we have our other seniors, Sammi and Hannah. Both are great shooters,” Price said.  “People underestimate our bench, but when they come out it’s just as hard as everyone else.”

With a mixture of team chemistry and athletic prowess, the girls seek to win their third straight KingCo title  Then it’s off to the Tacoma Dome for another run at the state championship.