Winning on the Road
Highline 60 Green River 54
Feb. 17 – Aileen Kaye broke out of her shooting slump to score 22 points as part of a balanced Highline attack as the Thunderbirds defeated the Green River Gators 60-54 (box). Kanani Kremers hit for 11 points and Peightyn Perrien and Sharon Ajayi contributed 10 points each. Ajayi and Aolani Medrano added 12 rebounds apiece. Green River’s Ariana Dougall had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Gators. The win broke Highline’s four game losing streak and puts the T-Birds at 9-15 for the season and 5-6 in league play.
With both team pretty even in shooting, rebounds, and turnovers, the difference in the game proved to by at the free throw line. Highline took advantage of constant trips to the line to outscore Green River 15-7, accounting for the margin of victory.
The Thunderbirds return home to take on Pierce College on Feb. 21.
Poor Shooting Continues
Grays Harbor 86 Highline 50
Feb. 14 – Highline’s team shooting slump continued as it shot only 28% in losing at Grays Harbor 86-50 (box). Peightyn Perrien was the only T-Bird in double figures with 16 points while Sharon Ajayi pulled down 12 rebounds. Grays Harbor, with four players in double-figures, were led by Alexia Thrower and Angela Sikora with 24 points each. With four consecutive losses, Highline falls to 8-15 for the season and 4-6 in league play.
Poor Shooting, Bad Result
Tacoma 59 Highline 47
Feb. 10 – Good shooting can make up for a lot of shortcomings in a basketball game. Poor shooting, on the other hand, tends to expose them. And so it was that Highline, shooting only 26% from the field, could not overcome being outrebounded 54-38 and poor free throw shooting (8-18) as the Thunderbirds fell to the visiting Tacoma Titans 59-47 (box). The loss, its third in a row, put a dent into Highline’s playoff chances and leaves the T-Birds at 8-14 for the season and a four-way tie at 4-5 in the West Division of the NWAC. Sharon Ajayi led Highline with 18 points and 14 rebounds, despite being in foul trouble for most of the second half. Peightyn Perrien added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Tacoma was led by Jazlyn Owens with 14 points, with De’Yanna Porter hitting for 13 points and pulling down 13 boards.
The Thunderbirds look to get back on the winning track in visiting Grays Harbor on Feb. 14.
Left to Right: Aileen Kaye, Lilly Williams, Minami Ando, Nadija Demic, Jazmina Lafitaga, Sharon Ajayi,
Jasmine Martinez, Peightyn Perrien, Aolani Teresa Medrano, Kanani Kremers, Jahnna-Marie Kahele-Madali
A New Course
Daimen Crump takes over as the Women’s Basketball Coach with a plan to develop a new culture for the program, leading to sustained excellence in the classroom and on the court. His thoughts for the upcoming 2017/18 season:
“This season’s mission is to set a new course, focused on creating an environment that facilitates all student athletes to establish goals, work hard to achieve them, and most importantly have fun doing it.”
Over the past 19 years Daimen Crump has worked as a Youth Developmental Specialist, Youth Life Coach, Academic Advisor, and Basketball Coach. These roles, along with his experience playing basketball have aided with shaping his coaching and mentoring style. Coach Crump is dedicated to developing student-athletes so that they can excel in the classroom, on the court, as well as the broader community. His athlete-centered philosophy concentrates on building positive relationships, empowering players, and developing athletic and life skills.
“I believe it is important to teach athletes and young adults about self-empowerment. As a youth life coach I developed a tool that helps explain the process an individual needs to undertake in order to take charge of their life. I called this process, P.O.W.E.R. The goal of this model is to provide young people with steps to overcome hardships, build on success and taking full responsibility for his or her destiny.”