Coach: Rob Adams (10th season)
Last year: Finished 23-4; tied for first in NWC; placed second in Class 2A State Tournament
Player to watch: Senior guard Elisa Kooiman has the talent to score 20 to 25 every night, but for Lynden to be at its best, she doesn’t need to do that. “This summer she really changed her mindset from being a great scorer to being a complete player,” Adams said. The Lions would like to see her average between 12 and 17 points per game, and focus on “when she scores,” Adams said.
Newcomer to keep an eye on: Though she’s only a freshman, Keylie Hershey has made her presence felt on a veteran Lions squad, starting the first three games this season. “She just has to be herself, and we’ll surround her with talent,” Adams said.
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Key to the season: The pieces are there for the Lions to get back to the state championship game this season, but, of course, they must say healthy and find this season’s identity. Adams said the key is for Kooiman to be the facilitator and have others around her step up and take responsibility for the team’s success.
Outlook: Lynden will once again compete for the NWC title and should make a run deep into the 2A playoffs. How deep the Lions go is up to the players, Adams said. “Everybody wants to trap us by saying state championship or bust, but I don’t believe in it all,” he said. “We’ve got such a great group of returning kids, the key is blocking out all the outside noise. We need to shut ourselves in the gym and do our thing and take a collective responsibility for our own success.”
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