What a week.
Shane Patrick suddenly resigned as the head coach of the Sumner High School girls basketball team the first week of December and 25-year-old Jordan Moog took over.
Then sophomore Joy Mahnken tore her anterior cruciate ligament in Sumner’s first game a few days later. She’ll miss the rest of the season.
The Spartans had to gear up for their first game as a member of the 3A South Puget Sound League after moving up from 2A. And to top it off, some of the team, including Moog, were fighting off colds.
“I feel like it was the week of adversity,” Moog said.
It was the kind of week that could derail a team’s season.
But senior forward Jamie Lange says the opposite happened.
“It was a wake-up call,” said Lange, the reigning 2A SPSL co-MVP. “We said we have to stay together.”
After a 31-30 loss to Kentridge, the Spartans have won three straight, including both of their first two games in the 3A SPSL against Auburn Riverside and Peninsula.
Moog spent the past three seasons as the junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach — first under Rob Thayer and the past two for Patrick. She is the granddaughter of legendary Pacific Lutheran University football coach Frosty Westering and daughter of current PLU football coach Scott Westering.
She graduated from Rogers High School and played basketball at George Fox before transferring to PLU, where she was a captain her senior year. Two years ago she married Isaac Moog, a former first-team Northwest Conference receiver coached by Scott Westering.
She might not be that much older than her players, sure, and she didn’t have much time to implement her own styles from Patrick’s but that didn’t stop her.
She has Sumner running a trapping 3-2 zone on defense, one she said she learned from current Oregon State women’s coach Scott Rueck when he was the coach at George Fox. It’s easy to run with a defensive presence like Lange protecting the hoop.
“I’ve really had to change my hat,” Moog said. “I came in with Jamie’s class and they kind of saw me as the friendly assistant. Xs and Os wise, I’ve been around basketball my whole life. I don’t worry about that part of it. It’s more them understanding that I can’t be the buddy-buddy anymore.
“But I’ve been so impressed with how they’ve handled it. We’re not going into this league thinking we’re the victim in any way, shape or form.”
CLASS 3A GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW
1. Wilson: Three consecutive runs to the Tacoma Dome? You bet.
2. Sumner: If it is consistency you like, Spartans will use it to win 3A SPSL.
3. Lincoln: Everyone knows Braggs, but key to Abes’ outlook is guard play.
4. Auburn Riverside: Young, brash and not afraid to outrun, outgun opponents.
5. Central Kitsap: Any backcourt with scorers White, Krouse in it should flourish.
1. Sumner (23-4, 2A SPSL)
2. Auburn Riverside (14-11, SPSL North)
3. Bonney Lake (18-8)
4. Enumclaw (10-12)
5. Lakes (10-13)
6. Auburn Mountainview (18-6)
7. Auburn (2-18, SPSL North)
8. Peninsula (5-15)
* 2013-14 records
Whether it is scoring or distributing, Hawaii signee is efficient.
It’s winter, which means time for lots of scoring, interior tussling.G Mallory LaPoole 5-10 So. Lakes
Volume scorer oozes talent; ability to drop 40 any night.F Kayla Seger 5-10 Sr. Bonney Lake
Tireless post can defend with bulk or quickness; can score, too.G McKenzi Williams 5-5 So. Auburn Riverside
She dribbles. She drives. This point guard never, ever stops.
CIRCLE THE CALENDAR
Feb. 6: Sumner at Bonney Lake, 7 p.m.
1. Wilson (20-7)
2. Lincoln (20-7)
3. Central Kitsap (15-8, 4A Narrows)
4. Mount Tahoma (5-15)
5. North Thurston (9-11)
6. Capital (5-15, 2A EvCo)
7. Foss (1-19)
8. Shelton (4-16)
* 2013-14 records
With her frame and hops, be ready for some highlights.
Good shooter, even better slasher is poised for breakout year.G Taylor Krouse 5-7 Sr. Central Kitsap
Holy Names signee might be most difficult ball-handler to corral.G Josie Matz 5-9 So. Wilson
Tantalizing blend of power, quickness and vision; area’s best PG?F Violet Morrow 5-10 Sr. Wilson
Competitive and physical rebounder, holds grudge of underdog.
CIRCLE THE CALENDAR
Feb. 4: Wilson at Lincoln, 7 p.m.