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Many of the Valley Christian girls basketball players have been playing on different AAU and club teams to stay on top of their games throughout the pandemic. This kind of in-game action will be very valuable when the high school season starts, as many teams have not been able to be this active. Last season, Valley Christian went 16-11 with a team that only had two seniors. It has mostly the same team as last year, and that kind of continuity can give it a big advantage coming out of the extended offseason.
“Our team is pretty much all juniors. We are bringing back three kids that made all-league last year,” said Valley Christian head coach Chris McSwain. “We also have six kids over six feet tall this year.”
According to McSwain, the team meets four times a week on Zoom to talk things over and do virtual training. They also have been able to get a socially distanced gym workout in once a week, so this team has been very active under the circumstances.
Ahead of the season, McSwain is looking at Jael Butler to stand out. Last season, as a sophomore, Butler averaged a double-double with about 11 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. According to McSwain, Butler has been offered from Eastern Washington and is getting a lot of looks from other programs.
“As a junior, [Butler] is about six feet, three inches tall,” McSwain said. “ She has been getting a lot of attention from colleges.”
With their level of activity and a great player like Butler leading them, Valley Christian is looking to have a successful season this year. Official practices will start for it on April 12, and games will then start the week after that. With such a short time to prepare, Valley Christian has stayed on top of its games in the offseason and is looking to turn some heads this year.
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