‘Transition time’ for Lynnwood girls basketball

There’s been a lot of change for the Lynnwood girls basketball team this winter. The Royals (6-7 overall, 2-3 Wesco 3A) have a new coach, their third in the past three years. They have a new-look roster, featuring several young players in prominent roles. They lost two key seniors to injuries earlier in the season.

But through it all, Lynnwood has managed to remain competitive.

“This is a transition time,” Royals coach Brandon Newby said. “We’ve had to battle through some things, but the girls are still hanging tough and fighting. There’s been some ups and downs. We know we’re (capable), but we haven’t played a complete game yet.”

The losses of Kia Crawford and Valerie Bell to season-ending knee injuries thinned out Lynnwood’s frontcourt depth. But Newby has been pleased with the production of sophomores Nakia Boston and Amayah Kirkman, and the coach can rely on the steady production of senior guard Rachel Walsh.

“Rachel plays with poise,” Newby said. “She really is the spark for us. We play well when she plays well.”

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