HIGHLINE COLLEGE |Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Women's hoops season off to rough start at 0-2

By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter

The Highline women's basketball team has gotten off to a rocky start open their season as they sit at 0-2 after losses to Shoreline and Everett.

"We have to get in better shape," Highline Head Coach Daimen Crump said. "We had a respectable game [against Shoreline], [but], we played the game with six players and two of them were injured."

Last Friday, the Lady Thunderbirds dropped their first game, 71-63 to the Shoreline Dolphins in the Tacoma Classic. Freshman guard Patrea Topp led Highline with 19 points in addition to snagging seven rebounds.

While the game was close throughout, turnovers doomed the T-Birds, Crump said. Freshman guard Madison O'Brien agreed.

"We just need to settle down when we're on offense we tend to let our nerves get the best of us," O'Brien said. "Our team is so small, we don't have the bodies to scrimmage in practice."

Despite shooting better from all facets of the game, the T-Birds were unable to get the win.

"All it was really was that we got out-rebounded and gave up too many second chance buckets," O'Brien said. "We also struggled a little with re- ally settling down and running through before putting up a shot. We stepped it up in the second half, but by that point, it was too late."

In Highline's final game at the Tacoma Classic last Saturday, they were defeated in a clash with the Everett Trojans, 63-78.

Freshman guards O'Brien and Catherine Sunny paced Highline with 18 points apiece.

Meanwhile, Kelsey Mellick torched the Lady T-Birds with 34 points in addition to seven rebounds, and five steals.

Once again, the Thunderbirds struggled with turnovers, as they committed 18 against Everett after having 24 against Shoreline in their first game.

"We can communicate more, be patient when it comes to running plays, read the defense, focus on playing our game and not theirs, and most importantly, to just play together as a team and believe in each other and trust each other," Sunny said.

While the Highline women's basketball team hasn't gotten off to an ideal start to the season, there are a few positives to take away that the team can look at and continue to build off.

"We have team energy that is present on the court and on the bench," O'Brien said. "There's always someone communicating with another teammate on the court, making sure we do a good job of keeping that energy positive."

Crump said the team needs to find a way to compensate for a short-handed roster.

"We will get in better shape and we will add a few players by the time league starts," Crump said. "Tori [Allen] and Kendra [Kapotak] will be redshirting due to injuries and Maria [Wilson] will be back in a few weeks after her knee sprain heals up."

The women host their first home game against Skagit Valley tomorrow at 6 p.m.


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