Women's basketball starts with win

By Jake Cassaday - Staff Reporter

The Lady T-Birds opened their basketball season witha 65-59 comeback win over Olumpic.

The Thunderbirds used a lock-down defense to take the game in the fourth quarter last Friday night in the Thunderdome.

First-year Head Coach Daimen Crump attributed the win to the excellent late-game defense executed by the Thunderbirds.

Trailing the Rangers 29-27 going into halftime, and 47-43 at the end of three quarters, the T-Birds' shutdown defense in the final two minutes left the Rangers offense-less.

Allowing only two points in the final minutes of the game, the man-to-man pressure helped hold the Rangers to few points and allowed for easy layups for the Thunderbirds.

Highline struggled off the boards the first three quarters, being out-rebounded by Olympic, 60-38. The T-Birds forced 28 Olympic turnovers, however.

"The key coming back from halftime was to rebound and be more aggressive on offense. And to keep on attacking and pounding," Crump said.

They did and Crump said those same improvements in rebounding and execution will be needed going forward.

"We didn't really execute well and we've got to continue to learn the system. Other than that, we finished great," he said.

Highline's top scorers included Peightyn Perrien with 22 points and Aileen Kaye with 12 points.

Kaye and Perrien were key contributors for the lady T-Birds, combining for more than half the team's total points.

Kaye added six steals and six assists.

Sharon Ajayi led Highline with nine rebounds to go with 10 points, and Kanani Kremers had seven boards along with 10 points.

Highline's next game is Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at Everett, before traveling to Bellevue for a tournament Dec. 1-3.

Highline will host its next home game at 5 p.m. Dec 6. against the Peninsula Pirates.

Tickets are free to students, staff and faculty with college ID, $6 for all other adults, $3 for non-Highline students and free for others younger than 18.

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