Big Bend women look to build on historic 2017-18 season

Big Bend women look to build on historic 2017-18 season

COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD
Connor Vanderweyst

MOSES LAKE — The NWAC Tournament trophy for third place sat prominently on the desk of head coach Preston Wilks.

It's not the big trophy, but it's a start.

A start that Big Bend women's basketball hopes to continue following a Final Four appearance in March.

"I think it starts with our sophomores and showing the freshmen what we did last year and how we were so successful, and working hard and working as a team," sophomore guard Miranda Johnson said. "We have a lot of really talented girls this year and I'm excited to see what the freshmen bring to the table and I think we'll have a really deep bench this year.

"I think we can go just as far, if not further, this year."

Belief is a powerful thing.

There was a point during last season when Big Bend sat in eighth place in the NWAC East. Undaunted, the Vikings closed strong to finish fourth at 9-7 in the region and upset No. 1 seed Grays Harbor in the first round of the tournament to begin their postseason run.

Sophomores Sunnie Martinez, Hailey Garrity, Callie Gronning, Kelsey Foster and Emily Allan have departed, however, the roster is far from thin.

Kayla Luke, of Sugar City, Idaho, is slated to take over point guard duties. Luke won a Class 3A Idaho state championship for Sugar-Salem High School.

"She's a real explosive, dynamic point guard," Wilks said. "Plays with a lot of emotion, very quick and explosive."

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