New roles for King’s players | Girls basketball

Departures, graduations mean changes for Knights
By David Pan | Aug 08, 2019 Edmonds Beacon

King’s Jada Wynn dribbles around an opponent during an Edmonds Shootout tournament game at Meadowdale High School.
The King’s girls basketball team needed to take a look at some new players and have a few of its returners take on expanded roles this summer.
The Knights only graduated two seniors – Dominque Kirton and Rachel Phelan – from last season, but also are dealing with the departure of Jadyn Kirton, a junior who transferred to Jackson, and Peri Welch, another junior who decided to focus on soccer, her main sport.
Kirton decided to attend Jackson mainly because she wanted to join the Running Start program, which is easier done through a public school.
“Those are two of our best defenders,” King’s coach Dan Taylor said. “They were some of our key players. We’re hoping to get Peri back for her senior year.”
Junior Claire Gallagher, who was named co-league MVP, missed all three tournaments – Snohomish, Edmonds and King’s – due to a severe ankle sprain she suffered playing with her select team in May.
The Knights, however, rose to the challenge of missing one of their top players.
“Our girls played well in all of the tournaments,” Taylor said. “It was very promising. We had some other random injuries that forced us to play people more minutes than they might not have got had those girls been healthy.
Seniors Ashley Gray and Emma Storkson both were solid contributors. The two both came off the bench last season.
“They got more playing time in the summer,” Taylor said. “I saw some things I hadn’t seen before. They’re going to have a bigger impact on our season next year.”
Junior Mia Flor continued to grow as a player and a leader.
“She’s improved a lot, more specifically just being confident in her leadership and being confident in being a go-to scorer,” Taylor said. “She can contribute on both ends of the floor. I’m excited to see what’s she’s going to do.”
Taylor also is counting on sophomore Jada Wynn to provide strong leadership. Wynn earned first-team, all-league honors during her freshman campaign.
“Her skills continue to improve,” Taylor said.
While Wynn was one of the Knights’ most prolific and consistent scorers, she also distributed the ball well.
“I think one of her underrated skills that I believe came out this summer is her passing ability,” Taylor said. “She’s one of the best passers on our team. She has good court vision and is able to make passes that many kids can’t.”
Wynn and Gallagher shared point guard duties and both likely will again be directing the offense.
“We did have some upcoming freshmen that could possibly help us out,” Taylor said.
Sophomore Brenna Hart, who was the junior varsity point guard, ran the point this summer and also should see action next season.
Taylor saw a lot of potential and talent in a large incoming freshman class.
“We have 10 or 11 incoming freshmen that are pretty stellar individual leaders,” he said. “They’re very passionate about basketball. They’ve been playing with each other for a long time. They have really increased the tempo and pace of our practices in many ways. I’m excited to see which of those players can help at the varsity level in November.”