Lady T-Birds start season with loss

By Donnie Moore and Jarrett Spallino - Staff Reporters

The Lady T-Birds opened their season in pre-conference play, this past weekend, falling to both Skagit Valley and Peninsula.

Highline closed last season in the first round of the NWAC championship, losing to Walla Walla, 78-37, and finished the season 7-7 in conference play and 11-17 on the season.

"To be competitive and im- prove on what we did last year," said Head Coach Daimen Crump.

The Thunderbirds' lost in overtime to Skagit Valley, 65- 62, this past Friday. Highline took home more rebounds than

the Fighting Cardinals 12-11. Jazmina Lafitaga, sophomore guard forward, led the team in scoring, getting 16 points, fol- lowed by Sharon Ajayi, a stand- out from last year, with 11 points. "We competed hard. We went into overtime and lost by three but they didn't give up, Sha- ron got injured and hurt her knee. It was a close game all the way to the end," said Crump. Highline went on to play Pen- insula the following day, losing 69-59. Peninsula dominated in every phase of the game. The Pirates led in rebounds 33-25. The Pirates also led in shooting percentages, from free throws

and 3-points to field goals.
"We didn't shoot very well. We shot poorly from the free throw line," said Crump. Jazmina Lafitaga had anoth- er strong game, scoring 15 points, placing her first in the conference for scoring in the first two games. She was fol- lowed by Tori Allen and Aleyah Bennett, each with 10 points. Highline will head into its next battle against Shoreline on Dec. 6,at6p.m.athomeinmore pre-conference play "[We] have to be more effi- cient on offense and just keep on working harder, learning the system, and playing more to- gether as a group," said Crump.

The Highline women's bas- ketball roster includes a few returnersandsomenew fresh- man:

• 3 Alani Sinclair Freshman

Forward, 5'11, Lindbergh High School, Renton.

• 4 Braeanna Estabillo Freshman Guard, 5'5, Lahain- aluna High School, Lahaina, Hawaii.

• 10 Kanani Kremers Soph- omore Guard, 5'3, Rex Putnam High School, Milwaukie, Ore- gon.

• 12 Nadija Demic Sopho- more Guard, 5'6, West High School, Saltlake City, Utah.

• 20 Caitlin Conwell Fresh- man Guard, 5'7, Kotzebue High School, Kotzebue, AK.

• 21 Sharon Ajayi Sopho- more Forward, 5'10, Kentwood High School, Kent.

• 22 Shione Chosokabe Freshman Guard, 5'2, Nitta Seiun High School, Ehime, Ja- pan.

• 23 Kami Jackson Sopho- more Guard, 5'7, Wylie High School, Arlington, Texas.

• 24 Tori Allen Freshman Guard-Forward, 5'10, Renton High School, Renton.

•30 Aleyah Bennet Sopho- more Guard, 5'3, Sammamish High School, Bellevue.

• 32 Jazmina Lafitaga Soph- omore Guard-Forward, 5'8, Mililani High School, Pearl City, HI.

• 32 Emolani Morris Fresh- man Center, 5'11, Foster High School, Tukwila.

• 34 Kiley Kirk Freshman Forward, 5'9, Ridgeline High School, Nibley, UT.

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If you want to join a club at Highline but have questions, visit the Club Fair next Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Mt. Constance room in Building 8. The fair will occur from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, and will have representatives from many of the clubs on campus.

Help with Transfer Portfolio

Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year school but need help with their personal statement essay can attend a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 1. The event will take place in the MESA Center in Building 25 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Students who want their portfolios reviewed by a representative from surrounding colleges will have that opportunity on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will take place in the Mt. Constance room from 1:30-4 p.m. Students must register by Jan. 25. You can register in Building 6 in the Transfer Center, or online at

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The annual Women’s Program Giving Tree raised enough contributions to help 27 families, which helped give gifts to 70 children. The Women Program and WorkFirst Services Office sponsored the event in December.

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The Academic Success Centers is holding an open house today from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on floor 6 of the Library. Students will be able to inquire about AANAPISI, the Math Resource Center, MESA, Puente, the Tutoring Center, Umoja, and the Writing Center. The Academic Success Centers offers help on assignments, and has tutoring services.

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