Knights looking to reboot their offensive game | Girls basketball

Senior Beirne continues to elevate her play this summer
By David Robert Pan | Aug 01, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak senior Rachel Coleman battles for a rebound against Lynnwood during an Edmonds Shootout tournament game at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The Kamiak girls basketball team is looking for players to step up on the offensive end of the floor.

The Knights graduated three of their top four scorers – Alex Gallaher, Karsen Alexander and Carolyn Brunner – from last season’s district playoff squad.

The good news is that Kamiak will be led by returning senior point guard Hunter Beirne, who earned second-team, all-Wesco 4A recognition.

Knights coach Brian Norman expects Beirne to continue to elevate her game. Her play was one of the highlights of Kamiak’s off-season schedule that included five tournaments and team camp at Western Washington University.

“She’s been working hard,” Norman said of Beirne. “I saw two or three of the best games I’ve ever seen her play. She’s putting in the time and getting better. She’s an intense kid. She takes everything personally. She doesn’t like to lose. It’s great to have her leading our club this year.”

Beirne will continue to run the point and the Knights will look for her to put up double figures, lead the team in assists and spearhead the offense and defense, Norman said.

“Teams will be keying on her,” the Kamiak coach added.

Players who Norman expects to assume larger roles with the Knights saw plenty of time on the court this summer.

Junior wing Margaux Manalo should shoulder some of the offensive load.

“She has that ability to hit the outside shot,” Norman said. “I’d like to see her attack a little bit more and be steady for us.”

Junior Brooke Erlandsen, who started, and juniors Jordyn Porea and Sloane Loudenback also should step up their offensive games.

The Knights will have some decent height with Erlandsen (5-foot-10), Loudenback (5-10) and newcomer Rachel Coleman (6-0). Coleman had a solid summer.

“She works hard and hustles,” Norman said. “Those are good signs. We’re looking for her to be a part of our rebounding.”

Even with the influx of new starters and players, Kamiak won about half of its games this off-season.

“By the end, we’re kind of where we’d thought we’d be,” Norman said.

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