Comeback Win Over Green River
“It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over”
Dec. 8 – in a game in which both teams shot atrociously it became a question of who would manage to make shots when it counted most. For Highline, it was Patrea Topp. With three seconds left in the game and Highline trailing 51-48, she hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to force overtime in a game the T-Birds would go on to win 59-53. Topp’s 3-pointer was the first time in the entire game that Highline had not trailed and marked the culmination of a long, slow comeback by the Thunderbirds who were down 29-17 at halftime. The overtime was all Highline, outscoring the Gators 8-2, sparked by the scoring of a noticeably limping Catherine Sunny, who ended with a game-high 21 points. With the win Highline goes to 1-0 in league play and 3-8 for the season while Green River remains winless at 0-14.
In addition to Sunny’s scoring, Patrea Topp had 13 points and Kylie Lunday finished with 10 points and 20 rebounds for Highline. Green River was led by Madison Bosik with 14 points and Nicole Qualls’ 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Regarding that poor shooting, for the game Highline shot 27.4% from the field and 45% (13-29) from the free throw line while Green River hit 26.7% of their shots and 54% (13-24) in free throws. One major factor in eking out the win was the T-Birds with only 11 turnovers while forcing 16 Green River miscues. All in all, what the game lacked in aesthetics during the first 39 minutes was countered by a final frantic last minute and overtime, leaving a bemused crowd wondering how the Thunderbirds managed to pull this one off.
Kylie Lunday with one of her 20 rebounds against Green River.
Hannah Anderson (5 points) with the short jumper.
A Solid Win
Newcomer Lundsy Leads T-Birds
Dec. 14 – facing a much needed win, Highline turned to one of its newest players for a spark. Freshman Kylie Lunday, joining the team after the end of volleyball season, led the Thunderbirds with 17 points and 11 rebounds in its first win of the year, 55-44 over Skagit Valley. Catherine Sunny added 16 points and 5 rebounds for Highline. Skagit Valley was led by McKenzie Yost with18 points and 12 rebounds. While Highline held the rebounding edge 40-32, the key was its defense in holding Skagit Valley to shooting 18% from the field.
The team takes a holiday break before participating in the Lower Columbia Tournament starting Dec. 27.
Catherine Sunny had 16 points against Skagit Valley.
T-Birds Remain Winless After Three Games
Nov. 22 – Highline’s early season struggles continued as the team fell to the visiting Skagit Cardinals 48-35. Caitlin Conwell (12 points) and Patrea Topp (10 points) led the T-Birds in scoring while Skagit Valley’s Nakiya Edwards led both teams with 18 points. Alani Sinclair pulled down 15 rebounds for Highline. Both teams shot poorly but Skagit Valley’s 33% from the field was still markedly better than Highline, shooting a woeful 23% for the game.
After playing shorthanded so far in the season with sometimes only six players dressed, the team will welcome reinforcements over the holiday break as it looks to get into the winning column. Highline plays its next six games on the road, Dec. 13-15 at the Skagit Valley Crossover tournament and Dec. 27-29 at the Lower Columbia Tournament before returning home on Jan. 4 to take on the Whatcom Orcas.
Alani Sinclair of Highline guarding against Skagit Valley’s Emily Toycen
Nov. 15-16 the Highline Women’s Basketball team opened the season with a pair of defeats in Tacoma Community College Titan Classic, falling to Shoreline 71-63 and Everett 78-63. Patrea Topp led the T-Birds in scoring with 19 points against Shoreline. Madison O’Brien and Catherine Sunny each had 18 points in the loss to Everett. In dressing only eight players, the young Highline team (Topp, O’Brien, and Sunny are all freshmen) will receive the bulk of the playing time and be learning on the fly at the collegiate level.
Highline’s next game is home on Nov. 22 against Skagit Valley
Catherine Sunny on the drive against Everett.
Madison O’Brien after scrambling for a loose ball.
The 2019/20 Women’s Basketball Team
Left to Right:
22 Shione Chosokabe
20 Caitlin Conwell
13 Madison O’Brien
15 Maria Leyson-Wilson
33 Kendra Kapotak (red shirt)
3 Alani Sinclair
32 Kylie Lunday
24 Tori Allen
34 Patrea Topp
30 Catherine Sunny