T-Birds soar with first win
By Konner Hancock - Staff Reporter
The Highline men's basketball team earned their first win after they defeated the Wenatchee Valley Knights, 70-59.
The 0-2 T-Birds went on the road to face the 0-3 Knights Last Sunday.
"The guys felt like we took a step in the right direction. We shared the ball much better and played harder defensively," said Highline Head Coach Che Dawson.
The team got a lift from wing Jamie Orme, who led Highline with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Right behind him was wing Val Wilson with 15 points and four rebounds and then guard Jared Murphy with nine points and eight rebounds.
"Jamie [Orme] is very talented. He does not control that. Jamie has to put consistent focus into the things he does control; his sense of urgency, work ethic and demonstrating the necessary level of self-discipline on and off the court," said Dawson.
Last year Orme was No. 9 in scoring for the Northwest Athletic Conference, and he averaging 19 points a game.
Orme was also a major force when it came to rebounds, as he was the fourth in the NWAC with 9.5 rebounds a game.
The Knights kept things interesting. The game was tied at half 28-28.
The Knights kept up early in the second half but the game slowly slipped away from their control, said Dawson.
The T-Birds next round of action is Dec. 9, 10 and 11 in the Bellevue tournament, where they will face three teams who were not determined by press time. Last year Highline went 2-1 in the tournament.
During winter break the T-Birds will be competing in several games.
After the Bellevue tournament the team will be hosting the Highline Crossover where the T-Birds will face Peninsula on Dec. 16, 8 p.m., Chemeketa on Dec. 17, 4 p.m. and then on Dec. 18 they will face Yakima Valley at 2 p.m.
The team will then play Dec. 22 5 p.m. at Olympic; Dec. 29 8 p.m. at Skagit Valley; Dec. 30 4 p.m. at Whatcom; Jan. 4 7 p.m. against Everett at Highline; and finally Jan. 7 6 p.m. at Bellevue.