Highline 65  Olympic 59

Nov. 17 – playing hard can make all the difference in in a game.  Such was the case in which an undersized Highline team took on a bigger and more physical Olympic Ranger squad.  Although thoroughly outrebounded and dominated on the interior, The Thunderbirds scrapped and scraped and managed to walk away with a 65-59 win.  They were led by Peightyn Perrien with 22 points, while Aileen Kaye added 12 points and six assists.  Sharon Ajayi and Kanani Kremers each had 10 points, while Ajayi pulled down nine rebounds to lead the team.  Olympic College was led by Lexi Ioane with 19 points and 20 rebounds.

After trailing for most of the game it was only with 3:20 left when Highline tied the score at 55-55 on a layup by Jasmine Martinez.  Perrien then hit two free throws at 2:38 to put the T-Birds into the lead for good.

While Olympic outrebounded Highline 60-38, the T-Birds controlled the tempo and forced 28 Ranger turnovers.  The Rangers were also hurt by only hitting 10-22 from the free throw line, while Highline went 11-16.

 

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.”

Head Women's Basketball Coach Daimen Crump

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.”

 

The Team

Left to Right:

Back Row:       Jazmina Lafitaga  /  Adrienne Haggerty  /  Sharon Ajayi  /  Minami Ando  /  Jasmine Martinez

Middle Row:     Kamea Pino  /   Kanani Kremers   /  Nadija Demic  /   Peightyn Perrien  /   Aolani Teresa Medrano

Front Row:       Aleyah Bennett  /   Jannah Madali  /   Alieen Kaye