How important was Woodinville’s trip to the Tacoma Dome last week? Viewed in the context of next season – critically important.
The trip was brief. It lasted one day. The 68-58 loss to Bellarmine Prep brought Woodinville’s State tourney to a quick end.
But the Falcons got a taste of the big time. The bright lights of a vast arena. The media attention and sudden scrutiny. The chance for a championship. The trip to Tacoma wasn’t just a reward for a fine season; it was a portal into future potential.
“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The Seattle Seahawks saw this during the 2012 season. They were loaded with fantastic young players whose time was coming. They finished the regular season with impressive wins and then barely fell short of reaching the NFC Championship game. They got a taste of the big time, the sense of what was possible. They just needed more experience and cohesion.
A year later, they blasted the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl.
Next season, the Lady Falcons return everyone on the roster except Gabby Whalen. And any talk of next year starts with the guards, Regan Schenck and Maddy DuBois. Both made strong impressions in the State tourney.
“They’re phenomenal,” Bellarmine Prep coach Kevin Meines said. “The point guard [Schenck] was tough for our kids to contain. I think we’ve got some pretty good defensive guards and she blew right past us. She had such great court vision and finding people. And number twelve [DuBois], that’s the best shooter I’ve seen in a long time on the first day of the tournament. She was comfortable, you could tell. She had a lot of confidence and she was able to knock down some big shots.”
The emergence this year of 6’1” Madison Lundquist was a revelation. At times, her level of play was so high you could see a resemblance to Bothell superstar Taya Corosdale. The length, athleticism and soft touch on jump shots were all part of her arsenal.
Three other seniors-to-be will play vital roles. Alena Coomar, Kennedy Selway and Nikki Zaback are all capable scorers and outstanding defenders. Many times this year they were the unsung heroes with their fine defensive efforts.
“This summer we will come out just where we left off,” Regan Schenck said. “Pretty much all of us play AAU which keeps us going. I think we will reconnect really well since we’re only losing Gabby. Next season will look really good for us. I think we will be back here in the Dome next year.”
“The WIAA only allows us to be together in June and July,” Woodinville coach Scott Bullock said. “But we will do some stuff together, maybe play in some tournaments, maybe have a camp together. But most of the girls belong to an AAU team and they’re working really hard. Between now and next season Regan, Madison, Kennedy, Maddy DuBois, they will probably play like 50 or 60 games. 15-20 with us and then in AAU playing all over the country in different states. These girls are dedicated to the sport. They will come back better.”
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