Glacier Peak excited about new talent | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Aug 21, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Tiara Holliman leads the fastbreak during an Edmonds Summer Shootout tournament game.

The Glacier Peak girls basketball team has a major void to fill in 2017-18.

The 4A state runner-ups graduated not only three of their top players, but three of the state’s best in point guard Samantha Fatkin (University of Arizona), guard Paisley Johnson (Brigham Young University) and center Kayla Watkins (Weber State University), all of whom are continuing their basketball careers at Division I schools.

The Grizzlies return five players and should have no problem filling the roster with talented individuals from a junior varsity squad that went undefeated.

“Every year it’s a new team,” Glacier Peak coach Brian Hill said. “We have the opportunity to be a good team. We’ll do a lot of things differently.”

The loss of the 6-foot-1 Watkins changes the Grizzlies’ inside game.

“We can’t run the same plays,” Hill said. “We don’t have a post player … we don’t need those plays. We’ll do new things to get our guards open shots from the outside. It’ll just make us more rounded.”

Johnson, Watkins and Fatkin dominated the offensive scheme and their departures opens up the Glacier Peak game plan.

“It’ll be more of a collective team thing,” Hill said.

Junior-to-be Haley Grambo took the reins of the point guard position this summer.

“She’s been doing real well,” Hill said.

Another key returner, senior guard Abbie Juozapaitis, upped her offensive game, the Glacier Peak coach added.

Senior guard Nicole Jensen was injured early in the offseason and ended up not playing much. Hill said she’ll be ready to go in the winter. Junior guard Sydney Guffey stepped in and was a solid contributor.

Some of the post responsibilities likely will fall to 5-11 senior center Makayla Guerra, one of the team’s taller players, who also can shoot from the outside, Hill said.

With so many open spots on varsity, it’s good that the program has plenty of talent.

“As a whole, we have one of the deepest programs in a long time,” Hill said. “I hope there’s a lot of competition. I hope it turns into a drive for everybody to get better. I hope we stick together as a team and push each other.”

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