HIghline moves into league play
By Thanavin Chum- Staff Reporter
The Highline womens basketball team started league play at 1-2.
The lady T-Birds are in a tie for third place in the Western Division with Green River, Grays Habor and Lower Columbia.
Highline started league play on Jan. 6, where they lost to the Whatcom Orcas 71-61 and then lost the following week to the Centralia Trailblazers 62-45.
The team came back after their league losses on Jan. 14 and won a nail biter against South Puget Sound, 57-56.
Over the winter break Highline only won two of their seven games, defeating George Fox Junior Varsity 58-47 and Mt. Hood 58-43. They lost to North Idaho 63-62, Yakima Valley 73-54, Big Bend 70-63, Mt. Hood 54-42 and with a final loss to Olympic 67-66.
Despite their losing drought over the winter break, Head Coach Amber Mosley said she has confidence in her group to move forward with better overall play.
Even though they didn't do well during in those games, Mosley said she believed her team found their best chances to be successful and encourage her players to work even harder to overcome the tough competition.
The hardest thing the coach has had to deal with thus far is "keeping moral, it's tough to continue to work hard when you are losing," said Mosley.
Turning the ball over was huge, the team turned the ball over 187 times in the total seven games that they had over the break, that is about 20 on average per game and more than any other team in their division.
Another contribution to their loses was not making their shots count, "We are getting the shots we want but they are not falling," she said.
Mosley said her and her staff will continue to emphasize on making improvements with turning the ball over as well as putting the ball through the basket and she expects the improvements to carry into future games.
On the other hand, one of the team's top scorers Alicia Westbrook has been seeing less time on the court, her average went from 20 minutes per game to five and eight minutes in their last two games. This is due to an injury and change in team rotation. Westbrook was the top scorer for Highline until the drop in her minutes occured.
Their next game is at home on Jan. 18, tip off at 6:00 pm.