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Tommies hope experience vaults them to the top
Not many basketball teams get to return seven players with varsity experience.
Its an advantage M-P girls basketball coach Julie Martin hopes to turn into a run for the conference title.
I feel that we have a lot of potential to be up near the top one or two. I have a lot of high expectations for these girls since I had five returning starters, she said.
Three seniors on the Tomahawk squad will be playing their fourth season of varsity Jessica Masters, Anna West and Nicole Peterson. Martin is counting on them to help lead the team into the postseason. In addition to the usual incentive of a senior campaign, the girls have the memories of a 12-8 season in which the team finished sixth in the conference and one game out of the playoffs.
At point guard, Peterson will lead the girls in their mission. Martin credits the senior with good vision and shooting skills, adding that West helps lead the team on both sides of the court with a strong work ethic. Masters strength is her ability to play both the post and outside.
The team is rounded out by seniors Kylie Fordon and Shalei Lucas, and juniors Britt Harris and Krisel Juco.
The Tomahawks schedule should help ease them into the season. M-P won all four of its non-conference games last season, and faces three rivals outside of Wesco North Shorecrest, Mountlake Terrace and Kamiak to open their season. Their league schedule kicks off at Snohomish Dec. 7, and the team wont face defending conference champ Monroe until Dec. 21.
In her fifth year as the Tomahawks coach, Martin said she learns a lot about her job every year. In addition to learning how to develop a good basketball player, she said she is always learning more about how to develop good citizens.
I like to focus on the defensive aspect of basketball. Really fine-tune that and the fundamentals of basketball. Everything falls into place after that, the M-P alumna said. Work ethic and attitude are my two really big things. I hope we represent Marysville-Pilchuck really well in sportsmanship as well as on the court.