Girls & Boys Hoops

Girls and Boys Hoops Making a Fast Break for State Titles
Posted on 01/14/2022

“We’ve meshed, and we root for each other.” That’s how Tahoma High School boys basketball coach described the school’s girls basketball team, who — like the boys, are among the best of the best in 4A Washington state hoops. The two coaching groups laid the foundation for their programs at the same time, and now, four years later, they’re poised to see their teams achieve their goals. As both teams loudly proclaimed when asked, that goal is: WIN STATE!

This Saturday, January 15, both varsity squads will be facing off against Auburn High School at home. This double header event gives Tahoma fans the opportunity to see both teams back-to-back, with the girls starting at 5:30 p.m. and the boys following at 7:00 p.m.

When the girls team talks about their so-far undefeated season, it is clear that they have a passion for the game, for Tahoma, and for each other. Lauryn Fredrickson, one of the varsity team captains, was sporting a new bright purple leg cast Wednesday afternoon. She says that she will be rooting hard for her teammates Saturday. When asked what makes her team so good, she said without hesitation, “oh, we’ve got heart.” She continued, “We’ve been through a lot; we’ve put the work in. I have never been more proud to be a part of this group.”

THS Girls basketball team in action

These girls clearly have heart, but they also have skill. They are going into Saturday’s game on a six-game winning streak, a perfect record against in-state rivals, and are ranked No. 1 in the state of Washington. When asked about their gameplay, the girls spoke about their aggressive, fast-paced approach, which they believe sets them apart on the court. “We’ve played other teams that want to just sit back and chill–that’s not how we do things,” says another team captain, Hope Hassmann. “From the beginning of the game, we want to set the tempo, showing them how we’re going to play, not how they’re going to play.”

The boys basketball team is on a six-game winning streak of their own, winning all five home games so far this season. When asked about what sets Tahoma apart from other teams, they shared with us what they believe to be their key to success. “We all know our strengths individually and as a team. Everyone knows what everyone can do,” says Senior Carson Talbert. “We love to run, to push the ball and to transition.” Their coach, Rick Tripp, echoes that sentiment. “We have a little bit of everything; everybody can do something different,” says Tripp. “That makes us a lot more potent. We’ve been averaging almost two points per possession, which is kind of unheard of.”

THS boys basketball team in action

Senior point guard Kody Kasper said that he and many of his teammates have played together since childhood. When asked what he believes to be the most important factor in the team’s achievements this year, he said, “It all started back in third grade. We are all best friends, and I think that translates to our chemistry on the court.” Coach Tripp seemed to agree: “These boys have been playing together since [grade] three, so there’s a definite chemistry there– I don’t think you’re going to see a tighter-knit family.”

The common thread that runs through the core values of both teams is something that rings true through all of Bear Country – a passion and commitment to hard work and dedication to make Tahoma proud. 

We are all extremely proud of both of our amazing basketball teams, and we are excited for our community to show up and show support for our dedicated students this Saturday as they fight toward their ultimate goal of winning their league titles, and of course, WIN STATE!

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