West Linn girls basketball looks ready to challenge again
Size, experience, proven talent — the West Linn girls basketball team seems to have it all.
The 2019-20 Lions bring back 10 varsity players from last year's team — a team that finished second in the Three Rivers League, won a berth in the Class 6A state tournament and finished sixth there — a group led by returning all-league players Aaronette Vonleh, Cami Fulcher, Audrey Roden and Payton Shelstad.
Even at that, the Lions know just how challenging the upcoming TRL race will be.
"I think we'll be somewhere at the top of the pack, but it's going to be a dogfight for sure," said West Linn coach Brooke Cates, whose team posted a 21-8 overall record last season.
While the Lions graduated just two seniors (Riley Drullinger and Katie Schoenborn) from last year's team, they also lost two other regulars — Elisabeth Dombrow (her family moved out of state) and Vanessa Viuhkola. Because of that, West Linn will need its core group of returners to step up in 2019-20.
That group includes Vonleh (a 6-foot-3 senior post who won first-team all-Three Rivers League honors last year), Fulcher (a 5-8 junior point guard who was named to the all-TRL second team), Audrey Roden (a 5-9 junior wing who was also named second team) and Payton Shelstad (a 5-8 junior wing who was named to the all-TRL honorable mention team).
Vonleh "should be hard to contain this year," Cates said, adding that "Aaronette is surrounded by three very talented guards in Cami Fulcher, Payton Shelstad and Audrey Roden."
Also back with varsity experience for the Lions are 5-7 sophomore point guard/wing Isabella McVicker, 5-7 sophomore wing Alana Molden, 5-7 sophomore point guard/wing Olivia McVicker, 5-5 junior wing Jordyn Selleh, 5-9 sophomore wing/post Campbell Sheffield and 6-1 sophomore post Audrey Kehoe.
"The key to doing well is staying healthy and working together," Cates said.
As to the coming TRL race, Cates and the Lions see lots of talented teams waiting to challenge.
"I think there are several teams competing for the league championship this year, including St. Mary's, Tualatin, Lakeridge, Tigard, Oregon City and us."
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