The Cascade Christian Cougars girls basketball team graduated six seniors from the team that advanced to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament last winter.
It hasn’t affected their performance this season.
Kaycee Creech scored a game-high 21 points and the Cougars improved to 10-0 with a convincing 47-30 win Wednesday night against Cedar Park Christian in Kirkland.
Cascade Christian head coach Bryan Peterson said his team responded after they had some time off during the holiday break.
“We haven’t had a chance to practice a lot in the past couple of weeks,” Peterson said. “It was a good win for us.”
He’s even more excited about his team’s unblemished record this season.
“You never expect to be undefeated at this point of this season,” Peterson said. “It’s been great. We do have some experience on our team, even though we graduated six seniors from last year’s team.”
The Cougars have beaten Eatonville, Lynden Christian and Blaine, all contending teams, Peterson said.
Yet the Cougars have been winning in myriad ways.
“We’re doing a lot of things well,” Peterson said. “One night we hit nine 3-pointers against Blaine, and then we had none against Mount Baker, but we won both games. We don’t really have a trademark way of doing things and are a good all-around team that can get the job done in different ways.”
Peterson said Cascade Christian is looking forward to upcoming Nisqually League contests against second-place Bellevue Christian and third-place Eatonville.
“Bellevue Christian, Seattle Christian and Eatonville are all tough teams,” he said. “These next two weeks are going to be critical for us.”
Peterson said the Cougars hope to bring home some hardware from 1A state tournament in Yakima this March. Last year, they went 0-2.
“Obviously, our goal is to get a step or two further than we got last year,” he said. “You want to be playing on Saturday, so you can play for a trophy. We were happy to get there, but we want to take that next step as a group. We feel we can do that this year.”
Peterson is relying on the leadership of upperclassmen Creech and Chloe Read. He expects Creech to have a chance to play college basketball.
“She is a gym rat and has had a really nice career for us here at Cascade Christian,” Peterson said of Creech. “This is the time of year where college coaches get out and watch these high school players. I’m a firm believer that she will find a place to play at the collegiate level.”
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