SVSJ preview: MSHS girls’ basketball looking strong this season, just like the boys……

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our preview series continues today as we wrap up our look at the hardwood with Mount Si High School’s girls’ basketball team. We’re aiming to hit the mat tomorrow or Monday with MSHS’s wrestling team.

As we told you the other day, Mount Si High School’s boys’ basketball team is expected to have perhaps its best season in 40 years. However, the Wildcat girls’ hoopsters themselves are pretty good this season, and themselves could be on the verge of their best season since the Megan Botulinski era.

Jason Marr is back for his fourth season as Mount Si coach, with the team having finished around .500 last season and making it to districts but losing in the first round. The season could have gone so much better, too, if it weren’t for the many injuries to top players that cost them their seasons. Among those that suffered season-ending injuries last season were two of the team’s top senior returners, Izzy Smith and Nitika Kumar. Kumar suffered her season-ending injury in the game at Newport just before the holiday break last December, and she’s slowly making it back into form. “I’m hoping to come back strong, probably play little by little until I’m getting better,” Kumar, who is one of the three senior co-captains, said. Look for her, once she’s 100%, to be a key presence offensively for Mount Si, which she was prior to her injury.

Fellow senior co-captain Izzy Smith also was knocked out with a knee injury that ended her season back in January following the holiday break – an injury, which as you MSHS girls soccer fans know, cost her much of her senior soccer season this fall. She’s looking forward to getting the season underway. “We’re super excited. Lot of potential, we’re ready to get some games underway,” Smith said.

Their injuries forced a third senior returner – and co-captain as well – Joelle Buck to shoulder much of the load for the stretch drive last season, and she did that. Look for Buck to continue to be a nice supporting offensive piece with Kumar and junior post Sela Heide, also back this season. “I think fans should expect way more improvement from last year,” Buck said, and one of the reasons why is the youth coming into the program. “We have really good freshmen coming in, so we’re kind of deep in the bench,” she said.

The players told us that Eastlake and Woodinville are likely to be the toughest teams within Kingco this fall, although Kumar said Inglemoor will also be a challenge as Mount Si has had struggles with them in the past. The Wildcats fell to the Vikings in their district first-round game last season. Smith, though, thinks wins are doable this year if everyone’s on the same page. “If we can capitalize and get eveyrone involved, we’ll beat the teams we need to beat,” she said. Buck added, “I feel like were going to be a good competitor this year with all of the the other Kingco teams.”

Mount Si opens the season Monday at home against Tahoma then plays again Wednesday against Holy Names. The Wildcats open the Kingco schedule against Redmond December 11. Home games are at Mount Si High School’s gymnasium in Snoqualmie with varying game times. Mount Si’s girls’ hoops website, at right in our news links, has more information on the schedule.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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