Cedarcrest girls’ basketball team beginning its rebuilding process, and already, there’s one player to pay attention to

The Cedarcrest High School girls’ basketball program has some huge shoes to fill this offseason. With graduation losses of seniors such as Kalee Fowler, Susan Kenney and Lacey Deming, the Red Wolves will be looking for a lot of support from young players as the program rebuilds following a successful past two seasons under coach Brad Knowles.

Today, they finished up play in a tournament hosted by Cedar Park Christian School in Bothell. After going 1-1 yesterday, the Red Wolves, fielding a team of incoming freshmen and soon-to-be sophomores, this morning took on Friday Harbor, and the small contingent of Red Wolves fans saw the continuing emergence of a player that people will likely pay some attention to come the start of the high school hoops season in November.

Haley Hill is an incoming freshman this fall to Cedarcrest, and she is slated to take over Kenney’s spot as the starting point guard. Today, she scored 12 points to lead the Red Wolves, but they had trouble scoring in the second half – Cedarcrest was held to just five points in the frame, all by Hill – and fell to the girls from the San Juan’s 29-22. The contest was played differently than regular high school rules – there were two 20-minute halves with each half being run under a so-called “continuous clock” which limited actual stoppages of play; this clock setup was similar to how games would be handled in a mercy-rule situation.

Despite the close defeat, Knowles was pleased with how the team played, especially on defense. “Defensively, they did a good job,” he said. “They showed a lot of hustle, a lot of heart.”

Hill thought the proceedings went well. “I think they went pretty good,” she said. “I felt like I could do more, because last game, I was more aggressive and I got the ball a lot more.”

Knowles is thrilled to have such a good young player come into the program, especially after losing a significant portion of his team to graduation earlier this month. “We’re excited about her,” he said.”Strong player, physically strong, smart.”

While Hill showed off some of what she will be able to deliver for the Red Wolves this upcoming season in today’s game, she knows that this summer provides an opportunity to work on improving her game and she plans to make full use of it focusing on a couple of key elements. “I always drive (to the basket) with my right hand, so I’m going to try and work on my left, also make more of my shots,” she said.

The Red Wolves will be continuing their summer activities for a few more weeks before fall ball starts in September, followed by the 2014-15 high school season. Hill has a message for Cedarcrest fans. “I hope to impress them,” she said.

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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