The Athletics Dept. was sad to learn of the March 7 death of Dennis Olsen. As head coach of the Highline Women’s Basketball team for five years, he was he was 113-41 before returning to his high school coaching roots. According to the article reporting his death in the Seattle Times, “At five stops, Olson earned 571 wins in 29 seasons as a high-school and college coach. The Seattle Times named him the girls basketball coach of the century in 1999, and he was inducted into the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2018.” The Seattle Times article can be read here.
A Rough Season Comes to an End
It was not the season that Head Coach Damien Crump and his players envisioned back as play started in November. But beyond the turnovers and poor shooting that plagued the team, it was a lack of depth throughout the season that was the biggest factor leading to a 6-14 record (3-9 in league play). The team often suited up for games with only six or seven players available, meaning they had to stay on the floor extended minutes with minimal substitution while staving off fatigue and foul trouble.
The poor season in no way diminished the play of graduating sophmore Kylie Lunday, was named to the NWAC West Division First Team and All-Defensive Team, and secured her place as one of the top players in the history of Highline Women’s Basketball. While the team struggled all season, Lundy stood out in multiple ways, with her final game indicative of her play as she finished with 21 points, 18 rebounds, and 2 blocks. For the year Lunday led the NWAC in rebounding (13.4 per game), was fourth in scoring (16.7 points per game), fourth in blocks (1.6 per game), and second in minutes player per game (35.8). Maybe most impressive is that she shot 52% from the field (15th in the NWAC) despite being constantly double- and triple-teamed as defenses collapsed in on her in the paint.
Coach Crump will be busy on the recruiting trail as he will need to replace Lunday along with graduating sophmores Patrea Topp, Catherine Sunny, and Missy Riberio.
Kylie Lunday, named to the NWAC West Division First Team and All-Defense Team, led the conference in rebounding and ranking in the top ten in points per game, minutes played, and blocked shots.
The 2021-22 Season in Photos
Highline Women’s Basketball Team 2021-22
Left to Right:
Mercedes Smith / Patrea Topp / Alanna Conwell / Kylie Lunday / Savannah Arneach / Kiana Manuelito / Mahala Long / Catherine Sunny / Breanna Hernandez