Granite Falls girls basketball team ends five-year drought

For the first time in awhile, there’s a sense of optimism surrounding the Granite Falls High School girls basketball team.

The Tigers won their first Cascade Conference game in five years on Dec. 6, beating Sultan 46-38.

“The culture (of the program) is being changed by the girls,” first-year Granite Falls coach Dave Kaupp said. “We can be as good as otherteams are. We don’t want to be the doormat of the league anymore. It’s a completely new mindset for the players, for sure. We’re goinginto each game feeling that we can win.”

Now that the Tigers (1-3 overall, 1-1 conference) have snapped their long conference losing streak, they can move on to other goals —namely, qualifying for postseason play.

“We’re a decently balanced team,” Kaupp said. “All of our kids can score, and we put an emphasis on defense. Our No. 1 goal is to makedistricts, and get through the first round of districts.

“We have pretty much the exact same team from last year, a team that got blown out in every game, and I can’t figure out why. The kidsare great. It’s just a confidence thing. One day it clicked, and all of a sudden we have a team that can win games.

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