Sophomores, newcomers boost King’s | Girls basketball

By David Robert Pan | Aug 16, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan King's Peri Welch drives past a defender during an Edmonds Summer Shootout game.

The King’s girls basketball team understandably experienced some growing pains last season.

The Knights fielded one of their youngest teams in history with five freshmen and the oldest players being a pair of juniors.

King’s still finished third in the Cascade Conference and advanced to the district playoffs.

With a full year of experience and a pair of promising newcomers added to the roster, the Knights’ prospects for the upcoming season look good.

King’s showed its potential early in the summer by winning the Snohomish tournament and then stayed busy by playing in the Edmonds Shootout and its own tournament. The Knights then wrapped up the summer with team camp at Oregon State.

“We have a big upside,” King’s coach Dan Taylor said. “We finished the summer strong. We went undefeated at team camp at Oregon State. We won the spirit competition for team building.”

The five sophomores have shown growth throughout the summer and the two incoming seniors – Dominique Kirton and Rachel Phelan – are showing the kind of leadership Taylor is looking for from veteran players.

“They really stepped up with their leadership this summer,” Taylor said. “They stood out on the court.”

The sophomores have continued to improve in their athleticism and their basketball IQ, Taylor added.

Two new additions are likely to play significant roles this season. Incoming freshman Jada Wynn, the daughter of University of Washington women’s basketball coach Jody Wynn, should be an immediate impact player.

Wynn, who plays for the Tree of Hope Pacific AAU team, scored a team-high 16 points and had 9 rebounds in a Jr. NBA World Championship quarterfinal contest on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

In four games at the inaugural tournament, Wynn averaged 13.5 points and 4.5 points.

Also joining the team is Ashley Grey, a junior transfer from Kamiak.

“One of my goals was teaching our newcomers the offense and just being able to get the new girls and the returners acquainted with each other,” Taylor said. “We had a great summer. They gelled.”

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