Godspeed, Buccaneers

Be aggressive or get devoured. That pretty much sums up the attitude — and the entire season thus far — for Kingston varsity girls basketball. For a first year out of the gate, that the girls boast a 13-7 overall season and a 12-4 for league play is nothing short of incredible. It’s no surprise, either.

“I expected to be where we’re at. I expected to win the league,” head coach Kevin Strozier said this week. “I knew we had the talent and I just had to convince them to believe that. Once I convinced them of their talent I knew the sky was the limit for us.”

So say we all.

On Wednesday night, they’ll begin district tournament play. They’re currently in a three-way tie for first place in the Olympic League.

Hats off to ya, Buccaneers.

Under the competent direction of Strozier, the girls have developed skills, teamwork and confidence not often found at the high school level. It just goes to show what can happen with some positive reinforcement, some raw talent and a lot of hard work.

Throughout the season, these girls have dedicated their beings to performing on the court. When they stepped astray, they were guided back by Strozier’s effective (and attention getting) coaching style.

In mid-January, the girls were preparing for an upcoming game against Bremerton. The day before the game their hearts were’t in the practice. Strozier, who isn’t amused by players who don’t offer their best, got fed up with their “lackadasical” efforts. He ended practice and disgustedly sent the girls home.

The next day, the girls showed up on the court ready to play and defeated the Bremerton Knights 68-52.

The bar was set over winter break, after the girls dropped two games in a row. This sparked some soul-searching on Strozier’s end.

Play hard or go home became the new unofficial motto.

Which brings us to Wednesday. They’ll play hard, for sure.

Win or lose, it’s already been a season for the ages.

Godspeed, Buccaneers.

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