Highline falls in the last game of the season
By Thanavin Chum - Staff Reporter
The T-Birds are heading to their offseason after they lost to the Tacoma Titans, 74 – 53, last Wednesday.
"The season did not end as we had hoped. We will go back to the drawing board so we can increase our performance next season," said Head Coach Amber Mosley.
The loss put them in fifth place in the final standings. It would not have mattered even if the T-Birds beat the Titans, since the Grays Harbor Chokers (8 – 6) unexpectedly came out with a victory against the second-place Centralia Trailblazers (11 – 3).
Tacoma employed a similar game plan to their last meeting, relying on its top two players, sophomore guard Bobbi Westendorf, who racked up 18 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and four assists and sophomore guard Jordyn Vega, who also scored 15 points along with pulling down seven rebounds.
Westendorf and Vega combined for 38 points and 15 assists when they played the T-Birds in February.
The Titans outrebounded the T-Birds, 39 to 25. They also made 11 of 25 for 33 points from the three-point line. The T-Birds on the other side only made 3 of 10 for nine points.
Three players for the T-Birds were in double figures. Team captain Jasmine Hansgen scored 12 points while sophomore guard Alicia Westbrook and freshman guard Aileen Kaye both scored 11 points.
The T-Birds finished the season with a regional record of 6 – 8 and 9 – 19 overall.
There are four sophomores and eight freshmen on the current roster and who will return for the next season is still uncertain.
"I do not know who will or will not return as of this time. We will meet individually with each player in the coming weeks," Mosley said.
Freshman guard Anna Cook and team captain Jasmine Hansgen are certain of their decisions.
"I am actually planning on staying at Highline," Cook said. "I have another year of eligibility here, so I decided it would optimize my opportunities to continue playing the following year."
Cook averaged seven points and five rebounds per game this season and made 81 of 213 shots for 38 percent.
"I definitely need to improve on my strength and range of shot," Cook said.
Hansgen on the other hand will move on to play elsewhere.
"I do plan on moving on next year to play basketball," Hansgen said.
After talking to a few coaches, Hansgen's choices came down to Evergreen State in Olympia, North Carolina Wesleyan or Brooklyn College in New York City.
"I am leaning towards Brooklyn College because they have a really good program, and I would like to experience living in New York," Hansgen said.
Hansgen averaged nine points and seven rebounds per game this season.