Bright future ahead for King’s | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Feb 22, 2018

King’s came up one point short and one shot away from advancing to the 1A state regional girls basketball tournament.

Nooksack Valley escaped with a 52-51 victory when the Knights’ final shot rimmed out of the basket in a 1A Bi-District tournament game Thursday, Feb. 15, at Kamiak High School.

The Knights lost to the Pioneers in the district tournament a week earlier. King’s coach Dan Taylor decided to focus the team’s effort on shutting down Nooksack Valley’s top two scorers and the Knights were successful.

“Our girls did a fabulous job in taking away their best scorers,” Taylor said.

The only problem was that two other Pioneers stepped up. Maya Gallery scored 21 points and Jenna Compton had 13.

“That happens. On good teams other girls step up in big moments and hit big shots,” Taylor said.

Freshman Claire Gallagher led the Knights with 17 points and freshman Peri Welch had 13. Freshman Mia Flor finished with 11.

“It was one of our most complete offensive games,” Taylor said. “The girls stepped up and scored big buckets. I left that game super optimistic for what next year has in store for us.”

With no seniors and a roster dominated by freshmen and sophomores, the Knights should benefit from this year’s District and Bi-District appearances.

“It left them all hungry and wanting to get better,” Taylor said. “It’s all about continued growth and progress in the offseason.”

The Knights (14-11) grew closer as a team as the season progressed.

“There are a lot of positives that we leave the season with,” Taylor said. “I’m very proud of what the girls accomplished.”

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