Below is a summary of the event for the coaches and players:
The coaches and players arrived at Prairie High School on Thursday and we conducted a 3 hour practice. The players were from some of the most successful programs in WA and appeared to be excited to represent their state. Glacier Peak led all schools with 3 of their players from their state runner-up team representing the WA team. We had a very good sized team with multiple players 6’0” or taller, with our tallest listed at 6’5” in Promise Taylor of Sammamish. After completing practice at PHS we all went to Megabyte Pizza in Vancouver and got to know each other better in preparation for the weekend. On day 2 we headed to the Multnomah Athletic Club for our afternoon practice and lunch. The club was amazing and a great setting for us to prepare for the game with an hour and a half practice and excellent lunch (sandwiches). The girls and coaches received their Nike gear from the representatives of the event and received a little more game prep as well. Later that evening we attended the banquet at the MAC and enjoyed a wonderful evening that included an excellent dinner, a presentation of all the teams and coaches, and an excellent guest speaker. The next day we had a quick walk through, lunch, and then played the game vs the Oregon team.
All in all it was an excellent weekend! As the coach for the Washington team I really enjoyed the opportunity to get to coach some of the best players in Washington, while also getting to be a part of such a special event. The players I was able to coach were very respectful, personable, and competitive (thanks parents and HS coaches). On multiple occasions in the game we fell behind by double digits to a much quicker and more athletic team from Oregon, however our girls fought back and showed they were competitors and deserved to be there. Our girls were well mannered, represented WA very well both on and off the court, and their parents were absolutely awesome and supportive. My assistant coach Judy Walters and I were truly thankful for the opportunity we had to coach these girls and considered ourselves very privileged to do so. I know we were missing a few key players, however I can’t say thank you enough to the girls who did commit to play and gave us their all in the game. I also want to say thank you to Al Aldridge for his help and organization, as well as everyone else who were involved in the event. We may have lost the game, however I believe all of us who participated gained lasting memories and friendships!