Dan Taylor teaches freshmen at Meadowdale High School. He worked with a lot of ninth-graders as well this season as King’s girls basketball coach. With eight rookies on his team, he did as much teaching on the court as off.
“I’m more spent at the end of the day. I’m taking more naps and drinking more Starbucks,” he said with a laugh. “But it’s a fun fatigue, a good kind of fatigue. Our freshmen are super extroverted, and they jelled really well. On the court they improved quite a bit. I’m excited about the future of the program.”
Two of the Knights’ best players, in fact, were freshmen: forward Mia Flor and point guard Claire Gallagher.
“Mia is one of our top rebounders and scorers, and she’s a great defensive presence,” Taylor said. “Claire is a brainy player. She studies the game, works on her game, has a hunger for the game. (Junior forward) Dominique Kirton, the only (returning) varsity player to get quality minutes last year, has been a leader for us. She’s super athletic and can play any position.”
King’s (14-11) season ended Thursday with a 1A District 1/2 tournament loss to Nooksack Valley.