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By David Pan 

Knights start off new year with impressive wins | Basketball


Last updated 1/10/2019 at Noon

The King’s boys and girls basketball teams haven’t skipped a beat.

After playing well in a pair of holiday tournaments to wrap up 2018, both teams started off the new year with resounding victories over Coupeville in North Sound Conference action Friday, Jan. 4, at King’s High School.

The girls defeated their counterparts 50-17, while the boys posted an equally resounding 76-23 victory.

Freshman Jada Wynn led the Lady Knights (4-0 in the league, 9-3 overall) with 17 points. Teammate Claire Gallagher added 11 points, as King’s dominated the first and third quarters, outscoring Coupeville, 13-0 and 11-0.

After winning the Knight Time Classic tournament in Ontario, California, King’s coach Dan Taylor told his players to continue to work on their game.

“I wanted them not to rest on their laurels and to stay hungry, stay humble and continue to improve,” Taylor said. “I thought we played good. We had two good practices. I felt like we translated a lot of that, what we did in practice, to the game.”

Wynn credited her teammates, who helped her get open looks.

“We did a much better job of moving the ball and getting the easy buckets instead of forcing stuff,” she said. “It was a team effort.”

Taylor wasn’t surprised by Wynn’s performance.

“She is capable of scoring in bunches,” he said. “She’s so strong and so savvy that she can use her basketball IQ to figure things out. She’s a really great player. I think she’s going to continue to grow.”

The Knights’ pressure defense forced turnovers from a flustered Coupeville squad.

“Our goal was just to come out and press them hard,” Wynn said.

King’s used a variety of defenses against the Wolves (2-2, 4-7), Taylor said.

The one major issue with King’s offense was turnovers.

“We need to take care of the ball,” Taylor said. “We turned the ball over way too much. If we can improve in that area, we’ll be able to be very successful in the future.”

The Knights also dispatched Sultan 52-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The King’s boys went 3-1 at the Santa Barbara Christmas Classic tournament, losing to eventual champion Corona del Mar in the opening game.

King’s resumed league play with two lopsided victories.

Freshman Tyler Linhardt scored 20 points to lead the King’s boys to an 80-54 victory over South Whidbey in a North Sound Conference boys basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, at South Whidbey High School. Linhardt, who is averaging 18 points per game, had 19 points in the rout of Coupeville.

“Our kids are being super unselfish,” King’s coach Rick Skeen. “They are really looking for each other.”

The Knights (4-0, 10-4) recorded 24 assists against the Wolves.

“We were moving the ball and looking for each other,” Skeen said. “We had a lot of contributions from a lot of guys.”


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