Warriors sweep their own tournament

Two tournament first-place trophies in a row was just what King’s West girls and boys basketball teams were hoping for.

After winning the Oakleaf Classic in Shoreline a couple of weekends ago, both teams roughed it up in their own gym on Monday and Tuesday as they hosted the Pacific Northwest Holiday Classic.

The girls (8-0) continued their unbeaten streak by smashing Class B rivals Mount Vernon Christian 42-23 and demolishing Class 2A Cedar Park Christian 60-38.

“It was a good competitive tune up for league,” coach Brian Hanley said. “Our offense is starting to click.”

The boys (5-5) were led by Adam Shildmyer and Jesse Reeves over their Mount Vernon Christian opponents 72-63 in the opener and Class 2A neighbors from Klahowya 65-50 in the championship game.

“I think the guys did what they had to do,” coach Rick Walker said. “They used their strengths and attacked (their opponents) weaknesses.”

Walker was impressed in the Klahowya game by Ben Dyer’s shooting performance. In the first quarter alone, he nailed two 3-pointers and a 2-point shot.

“He’s not usually a 3-point shooter,” Walker said. “Right there we were up 7-0.”

Shildmyer and Reeves are leading the offense for the Warriors this year. In their final game of the tournament, Reeves shot 7-for-14 from the field, and Shildmyer was 5-for-9. In the tournament, Shildmyer was 6-for-12 from 3-point range, a phenomenal statistic.

“Thirty percent is considered good,” said Walker. “His 10-foot jump shot is as good as a lay-in as well.”

Walker relies on Shildmyer to hit an outside bucket, and Reeves runs the offense from the point guard position.

“(Reeves) is showing he can drive and penetrate into the zone or the man (to man defense),” Walker said. When Reeves drives, he pulls the defense with him, which frees up a shooting opportunity for Shildmyer.

Against Klahowya, both scored 18 points each. Eric Bright added six and Stanley Moore added eight.

On the girl’s side of things, coaches Brian Hanley and Jenny Kuske are seeing their team get stronger and stronger each performance.

“I liked out toughness, I liked our composure and I liked our versatility,” Hanley said after the tournament.

“I see Kristin Anderson head-long after balls time and time and time again,” he said. “She spends more time on the floor than a mop. She is a tough, tough kid. I don’t think she gets enough credit for it.”

He also mentioned a time in the Cedar Park game where Anderson took an elbow to the face but was at Hanley’s side ready to go back in immediately after the blood dried.

If Hanley had his way, he would have a team full die-hard players. For the girls, hustle and guts is what wins basketball games.

One of the toughest on the team is Brian’s daughter Taryn, who scored 23 against Cedar Park Christian.

“Taryn knees are black and blue from November to March,” he said.

Another player Hanley is impressed with this year is center Amanda Hart, the tallest member on the team at 6-feet-0.

“She is realizing how strong she is and she is starting to assert herself. She is demanding the ball. We are really starting to rely on her at the post.”

Both teams take on Sea-Tac South competitors Chief Leschi on Tuesday at home. The girls start at 5:30 p.m., the boys at 7 p.m.

Hanley says his team is severely more powerful and should not have one problem winning. He is already looking forward to the week after, when the girls take on their toughest opponents away at Kentview Christian on Thursday, Jan. 8, and at Evergreen Lutheran on Jan. 12.

The boys will be testing the league waters in the exact same schedule. Walker isn’t worried about his team’s chances of repeating as Sea-Tac champs as long as his starters stay healthy.

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