The lady Mountaineers came out hard on the basketball court against Napavine last week, almost doubling their opponent’s score.
With a final score of 61-32, Rainier notched another victory on its belt, now 8-1 in overall standings.
“We played a well-coached team that is in the middle of rebuilding,” Rainier Coach Brandon Eygabroad said. “They didn’t have an answer for Kaeley Schultz who ended up with her season high — 35 points.”
Faith Boesch was the second highest scorer for the team with 7 points.
The girls on the team are looking to gel even further in this first part of the season to prepare them for when difficulty dribbles into their paths.
“We are focusing on getting better each and every day,” Eygabroad said. “We want to be playing our best basketball come February and March. We want to build as much chemistry as possible, as well playing as fast as possible.”
Eygabroad said that improvement can happen together as a team, or as individuals, but it all comes down to how the team works together to play its best basketball for the 32 minutes the sport allows.
Overall, Eygabroad said that the team did its job well against Napavine.
“We did a great job of playing fast, getting live ball turnovers and converting them for layups, Eygabroad said.”
In quarter one, the girls scored 17 points to Napavine’s 9. Then the girls turned around and scored 21 points in period two, as compared to their opponent’s 5 points.
Napavine gave the Mountaineers a run for their money in the third quarter, where Rainier scored 10 points to the visiting school’s 9. Finally, Napavine kept up the pressure it showed in the third quarter as they went into the fourth quarter, but the Mountaineers still outscored them 13 to 9.